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
  • Depression
  • Fear that college will be too difficult
  • Homesickness
  • 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
  • Shyness
  • 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.)