Going to college may involve leaving close friends and family behind. This can be quite stressful for college students who have yet to establish a new support group, and can lead to a sense of feeling ‘lost’, which can be stressful. Here are some things to remember when off at college:
- Stay connected-Whether you’re down the street or across the country, being away from home can be difficult at times. Don’t forget to use the phone, email and even Skype to stay in touch with family and friends at home.
- Build a social support system-Create and maintain contact with a small group of people you can call on for emotional support or for distraction. You don’t have to disclose your stressors if you don’t want to; social support in of itself can be helpful in alleviating feelings of isolation.
- Branch out - Getting involved with groups and clubs at school can be an excellent remedy for college loneliness. Join a class, talk to people you run into around campus, or take advantage of the many social opportunities on campus. It may be difficult to put yourself out there at first, but having people to study with, exercise with, and socialize can have a positive impact on your new college experience. Did you know that Wright State University has over 200 registered student organizations that vary over 10 different categories?
- Student Support Services- If you find it especially difficult to adjust to the changes or ongoing challenges of college life, there are resources to help. Counseling and Wellness offers a number of online workshops, information sheets, and self-help checklists that can relieve a lot of college stress. In addition, the office of student support services provides individualized attention and assistance with the resolution of student concerns