Summer is almost over and it’s time to hit the books. Follow these back to school tips for college students to make sure you’re prepared for the new school year emotionally as well as academically.
Create a Troubleshooting Plan
Feeling homesick, anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed is very common among college students. Even if you don’t think you’re likely to deal with these things, create a plan for what to do if these types of problems come up. Make sure you have contact numbers for family and friends who can help you cope with difficulties, find out where your school counseling center is, and come up with a list of things you can do to help yourself feel better.
One of the best ways to stave off homesickness and combat feelings of anxiety or depression is to have a strong social network. Introduce yourself to classmates, attend campus events, get involved in a student organization or club, and get to know your roommates. Keeping busy and spending fun time with friends can help you to feel less isolated and give you a sense of belonging.
There’s no question that the rigorous schedule of college life can make it tough to get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, and find time to exercise, but your school experience will be much better if you do. Pack healthy snacks and a water bottle in your backpack, and stick to a bedtime schedule that gives you at least seven hours of sleep each night. It’s also easier to exercise regularly if you have a buddy, so use those social connections you’ve made to find a workout partner.
Seek Help When You Need It
Stay in touch with your emotions. If you’re struggling, there are many resources available to help you manage the stresses of college life. Contact your school’s counseling center, or talk to one of our team of licensed therapists and counselors. Your well-being is important to us, and we can help you find a school/life balance that will allow you to be your best self—academically and emotionally.