4 Challenges That You Could Face In College (And How To Overcome Them)
Going to college is a massive step for anybody to take, especially if you’re moving to a new town or city. Whilst it can be scary (and there are many challenges), it is certainly a worthwhile experience, and we’ve put together this guide so that you can make the most of it and overcome any hurdles you face. As with anything, time can usually fix your ills, and you’ll get used to this different way of living. However, try out these tips first if you want to make sure that you have the best time possible at college!
You don’t have enough money
The biggest problem that most people have in college is not having enough money. Yes, you can take out a loan (and most people do) but it might not cover every expense that you have, and your parents may not have the money to pay for them either. It can be quite daunting, and it causes many people to drop out, but don’t do this until you’ve looked at every option possible! Even if you work in a bar or restaurant for 2 nights a week, you’ll see a massive improvement in your finances.
There are also many on campus jobs out there, and the wages are usually pretty high (and this is super convenient if you live nearby). Make sure that you don’t take on too much work as it could stress you out, and make it clear that you’ll have to have a few weeks off when it comes to finals week.
Your mental health isn’t great
College can be difficult, but there are so many sides to it that you may not have considered. It can be a shock to your system, and you may find yourself struggling with mental health problems. This is nothing to be ashamed of, as around 35% of college freshmen struggle with some kind of mental health issue, and the stigma around it is decreasing rapidly.
There are many ways that you might try to deal with this yourself (like going to a party every night to try and forget it), but most of these things will only make it worse. Facing it head on is difficult, but will be extremely worthwhile in the long-run, so seek some teen depression treatment from an organization, or from your college. They’ll know exactly what you’re going through, and talking to someone about it will make you feel a lot better.
You feel super homesick
Ok, you probably feel ready to flee the nest now, but don’t underestimate how much your family and friends at home have supported and loved you whilst you were there. Whilst you may not even think about home for the first week or so, you’ll soon miss your Mom’s cooking, and that special person you had at home to tell all of your worries to. Over half of college students suffer with homesickness in the first few weeks (and the other half are probably not telling the truth…) so don’t feel embarrassed or weak because of it.
A phone call can help this, but a visit home after the first few weeks will make you feel better. It’s also important to get out of your room and socialize with the people you’re living with, and getting out and exploring your new city should keep you busy! It will get better, we promise.
The work is hard
Going to college is a big jump from high school, and you may be a bit uncertain about what the professors are expecting from you. Not only is the writing style quite different, but the work is more independent, so you need to motivate yourself to get it done. There are many distractions, and it’s hard to balance work, studying, and socializing with your new peers, so don’t worry about getting this right straight away.
Don’t be afraid to ask for some help if you’re struggling with the work, even if you just send your professor an email. They may be a bit more distant but they won’t bite, and it’s better to sort it sooner rather than later. Just try your best and don’t spend 12 hours a day in the library; speak to somebody if it’s all too much. You’ll get the hang of it, so don’t give up!
So, there are many challenges to face in college, but don’t give up, and don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it. Good luck, and have fun!