The idea of starting college is thrilling. However, with many simultaneous changes happening, it can also seem terrifying. College is a brand new experience, unlike anything you’ve done before. Need ideas on calming your concerns? Here is a list of five common worries about starting college, and ways you can stop worrying about each of them:
1. College Tuition
Paying for college is a daunting task. Thankfully, there are great options to consider. First, file the FAFSA (which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) early. The earlier you file, the more likely you are to receive the best financial aid package for your situation. Also, you will find many opportunities to take an on-campus job to help with tuition. You may also qualify for Pell grants and scholarships, depending on your grades. If worst comes to worst, you may have to take out a student loan. But there’s no need to worry about tuition.
2. Making Friends
Making friends in college can be easier than in high school. With more people, more social gatherings, and more extracurriculars, you will have endless opportunities to socialize with your new classmates and start friendships. Also, due to the way major-specific classes are structured, you’re bound to find friends who have similar interests to you.
3. Getting Good Grades
What if your goal is to go for a Masters of Diplomacy after getting your undergraduate degree, but you fail an important test? Even worse, what if you can’t keep up with any of your classes? Take a deep breath and relax! Before allowing you to study in your program, the admissions department looked at your academic history to ensure that you are a good fit. Just remember: your college sent you an acceptance letter because they are more than confident that you will get good grades. Just be sure to find studying techniques that work for you and take each class one assignment at a time.
4. Dorm Life
If you are staying on your college campus in a dorm, living somewhere new can be a terrifying idea. No need to fear! Even in the highly unlikely situation of not having a good roommate, most colleges are willing to work with you to re-arrange your living situation if needed. Besides, you just might make some lifelong friends.
5. Balancing It All
You might worry about how you’ll balance all the parts of your new life. Everyone else you are going to school with will have the same challenge. Talk with your peers, with teachers, and with advisors to help navigate you through this new experience.
While this doesn’t cover all worries you may have, it should help calm your fears, and get you excited for what’s up ahead. Everything won’t be comfortable 100% of the time, and you will have a lot to learn, but you will have a wonderful time in this new chapter of your life.
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Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.