The First Year University Experience: A Month by Month Breakdown
By Nipissing University
- First year is filled with excitement.
- Testing new-found freedom.
- Information overload.
- Homesickness and loneliness.
- Anxiety about roommates, professors, classes, assignments.
- Roommate problems may begin to develop.
- Asking questions such as “Do I fit in?” and “Is university really for me?”
- Mid-term exam stress.
- Excitement and anxiety about coming home for reading week & Thanksgiving.
- Assignments and mid-term marks are returned.
- Financial concerns.
- Cold and flu season begins.
- Stressing over final exams.
- Excitement and anxiety regarding going home for the holidays. There’s an “I’ve changed” mentality and wanting to maintain newfound freedoms while at home.
- Sense of a fresh start. New year, new classes, new goals, and objectives.
- Many students receive a “reality check” when it comes to academics so they may feel the need to buckle down and work harder.
- Homesickness may set in again.
- Additionally, some students may feel relief being away from home and back at school.
- “Winter blahs” may start to set in, which has the potential to cause depression and increase alcohol consumption.
- Also, time to re-assess academic and social commitments.
- Anxiety about roommate selection for next year.
- Concern over summer employment and living arrangements. Sadness over leaving new friendships and relationships developed over the academic year.
- Realization of how quickly university years will pass and the importance of every decision.
Excerpted from Nipissing University’s “The First Year Experience – A Guardian’s Quick Guide”. Reproduced with the permission of Nipissing University Office of Student Development and Services and Nipissing University Residence and Conference Services.