Making sure you have all of your belongings packed and checked before your next semester at college starts is important, but don’t forget that you need one more thing to be done. Get mentally ready for college.
Yes, it might be even more crucial than buying all the pencils and notebooks – if you are in the wrong place mentally, you will face hard times in college. But what does ‘mentally prepared for college’ mean and how to do it? This blog post will tell you everything about this topic. Let’s get started.
Mental Health of College Students
As our last blog post was focused on mental health and anxiety among students, you might want to check it out in order to understand how to approach your anxiety when you are in college. In this blog post, we continue the topic of students’ mental health and the necessity to spread awareness of how much of a problem different mental struggles might be for young adults.
In order to be successful in your academic career, and be a happy person with less stress in your life, you need to pay attention to your mental health. And while you can and should turn to competent specialists, there are still a lot of things that you can do yourself in order to improve your quality of life, including mental health.
When another semester starts, and you go back to your studies after a break, maybe leaving your home for the first time, it’s important to make sure you know how to switch and get yourself ready for all the studies, stress, and brainstorms, etc. Why is it so important?
Many freshmen face huge stress when going to college because they don’t know what to expect or maybe they have some vision of what their life in college should be like but it doesn’t meet their expectations. That’s why the first two or three weeks might be harsh for a new college student. There is so much you need to learn and so much you need to adjust to. No surprise, it’s stressful.
And when your summer break ends and your daily routine suddenly changes with all the haste, responsibility, and workload, it’s also not surprising that your system might not be ready for it. Here, you can face sleep deprivation, nervousness, panic attacks, mood swings, bad memory, lack of focus, and other symptoms. So, it’s important to make yourself mentally ready for college.
Learn How to Plan
A lot of stress and problems can be omitted with simple planning. As long as you know how to plan your time and break larger tasks into smaller ones, you train your nervous system like a muscle. You learn that even the most challenging tasks can be successfully finished once you have two things on hand – an adequate amount of time ahead and some understanding of what you need to do and what steps you need to take.
You don’t want additional stress, so don’t put your assignments aside until the very last moment, otherwise, your everyday life will be full of stress that could be easily avoided.
Embrace Your Fears
Think about the things that you are afraid of about college. Maybe you are afraid of your peers making fun of you or missing a paper deadline? Think of these negative scenarios and try to live them through. Once you do that, you might feel much more confident because at least now you can think of some nice ways out.
Moreover, sometimes you just need a little imagination and the ability to look at various situations from a different point to understand that there is nothing to be afraid of and it’s not the end of the world.
This method is also a part of planning as it allows you to think through how to cope with challenges, stress, and some negative situations. It might teach you how to cope ahead and learn your lessons without even getting into trouble. By imagining a situation where you submit an unfinished paper, you learn the consequences and can avoid them by putting more effort into paper writing. Or paper ordering as we can not let you get into such a horrible situation.
Think of Your Support System
It’s crucial to come up with a good plan of what you are going to do in case you feel too overwhelmed, too depressed, or too emotionally exhausted during your semester. It might be some hobby, rituals that soothe you, like taking a bath, or a person who you can turn to in case of need and talk about your struggles.
In both good and poor ways, the first semester or year of college can be overwhelming, and you might occasionally need to talk to people other than your college friends and classmates. Keep in touch with the people in your life who have your best interests at heart and are there for you when you need help, despite how ready you are to be independent.
Research Campus Before Your Classes Start
We all stress a lot when everything around us is new and unfamiliar. Trying to find the right class when you don’t even know where you are now is definitely overwhelming. And while we all need some time to get used to changes and we all need to take step by step, it’s better to make sure you walk around the campus to explore before you are rushing between your classes.
It’s great if you have an opportunity to explore your campus and visit all the buildings during the visit or welcoming days. It will allow you to feel much more confident later in the semester.