College is one of the hardest transitions to make in your life. You are moving on from the comfort of home and your parents and starting a completely different life in an unknown place. With this, there are inevitable struggles and obstacles you will experience as a college freshmen. Luckily, there are ways to overcome these obstacles.

1. You will miss home. A lot.

There really isn’t a way to prepare for the feeling of homesickness. Unfortunately, you will experience this feeling, and you will experience it frequently during your first couple months of college. It is hard and can make some students extremely upset. Although it is never what anyone wants to hear, it will get easier. Eventually, you will get used to being away from the comfort of your parents and your hometown. College will feel more normal to you, and you will get used to living on campus. The workload will pick up, you will become busier, and you will be home before you know it. Keep yourself distracted and make your dorm room feel cozy. In no time, you will adjust to college life, and you will feel less homesick.

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2. You will experience a lot of stress.

Although you will be in class for less time than you were in high school, the workload in college is no joke. Incoming college freshmen are often told this, but do not really know what it’s like until they take a college class for themselves. There will be days that you feel like giving up, and that there cannot possibly be enough time in the day to complete all of the assignments you have been giving. Eventually, you will get better at time management. Remember why you are in college. You live at school, so you should devote a lot of your time (not all, of course) to your schoolwork. Drop the bad procrastination habits and get things done when they are assigned. That way, you do not have to be stressed about forgetting to complete assignments, or having too much to do in one night.

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3. You will feel lonely. 

Not constantly being surrounded by family and friends brings lots of lonely feelings. Everyone grows so accustomed to constantly having someone who you love and trust around you. When you enter college, you are living and surrounded by unfamiliar faces, and it is easy to feel lonely– no matter how big your college is. This is only just a phase. You will meet many new friends and constantly be surrounded by new people you love and trust in no time. Meanwhile, stay in touch with people from home and do NOT hide in your dorm room all the time. The key to overcoming loneliness is to keep yourself distracted and make the most of your time at school!

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4. You will drift from friends at home.

One of the saddest parts about going off to college is parting ways with hometown friends that you have had forever. With this, there is one thing to remember. If they are meant to be in your life, then they will stay in your life. To prevent drifting, text and call on a regular basis and update each other on how college is going. You could even plan visits to one another’s campus, and make the most out of the breaks and summer vacation!

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College is a hard transition for all of us, however there are ways to overcome all of the obstacles you will face. It is a great 4 years and will be for you too!



Kayleigh McElroy

Hi! My name is Kayleigh McElroy and I am a student at the University of Rhode Island! Being on campus has taught me a lot about learning how to manage my time, cope with stress, and adjust to the different living conditions! I hope to supply my fellow college students with advice and comfort on all of the situations that come along with being a college student.

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