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  • Dr. Mena Birett

Am I the only one frustrated?

Many students find their first few weeks in college a confusing and frustrating period. Even excellent students who achieved high grades in high school discover that college is a difficult and challenging experience.

Getting started in college may be difficult for you because it is a completely new situation. The physical surroundings are new and it is easy to feel lost. Making new friends and college classes can be a challenge. You may not know anyone to ask questions of and the classes are conducted differently from high school classes. Your professors have different expectations from your high school teachers. You will find that you have a lot of work and responsibility, but also a lot of freedom. The first few weeks of class you may feel as if the schoolwork is actually less than what you used to do in high school. My comment to that is, “You’re doing it wrong”. The beginning of any semester is when you should expect to do a lot of work and a lot of preparation in order to have a successful semester.

In the first few weeks of each semester and in order to achieve success in college you should master 1) what is expected of you in your classes and your college surroundings, 2) becoming an active learner, 3) getting off on the right start, 4) learning about campus facilities and resources, 5) becoming familiar with your textbooks, and 6) learning to manage stress.

C.A.N. is here for you to ensure that you are up to the challenges that lay ahead. If you would like to discuss the transition to college and how C.A.N. can be of assistance, please fill out the contact us page on our website.

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