Common fears/problems of first year students
Students entering college bring with them a good many negative self-fulfilling prophecies ... widespread fears and problems include the following:
- Fear of freedom, of not being able to manage your time without the family around;
- Fear that college will be too difficult;
- Lack of good study habits;
- Difficulty in understanding professors;
- Fear of competition from brighter, younger, or older students;
- Fear of disappointing your parents;
- Roommate problems;
- Worry over choosing the wrong major;
- The expectation that you may have to cheat to survive;
- Fear of being perceived as a klutz or some other type of undesirable by other students.
If some of these concerns sound familiar, take comfort: Most other entering students share the exact same fears. Your concerns are normal transition pains. Remember also that each of the worries is attached to a negative self-fulfilling prophecy that you can exchange for a positive one.
(Taken from Your College Experience: Strategies for Success Authors Gardner & Jewler, 1992, p. 9.)