Transitioning from high school to college
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." -
The transition from high school to college is one of the biggest transitions that an individual will make. It can be an invigorating and exciting time. Yet transitions, even happy ones, can be stressfful and raise mixed feelings. Transitions can be difficult because of their potenential to challenge one's sense of identity and disrupt the fragiile balance of familiarity.
The first year of college is an opportunity to stretch one's wiings and stride the path of adulthood. High school students sometimes define themselves, at least in part, by their surroundiings. When these surroundings change, it can be disorienting. The fresman college student has to adjust to being away from home and separating from old friends. They may become disillusioned when academic, social and personal expectations are not met. The independence that they had dreamed about now seems a litle frightening. They may feel lost and alone.
If you are a freshman struggling to adapt to college life, you need to know that you are not alone and that you do not have to face these challlenges without support.
Dr. Eileen Wynne