First-Year Adjustments

Question: What are the most common problems college freshmen face in there first year at college?

The most common problems freshmen ("first-years") face at college include:

- separation from old friends and family

- dealing responsibly with new levels of personal freedom

- encountering differing points of view (politics, religion, etc.)

- adjusting to a more intense academic work load

- learning to love institutional food

- having to do laundry and room cleaning

- (for athletes) learning to balance sports and academics

- adjusting to dorm life

As for the last issue about dorm life, here's a link to a much more detailed

discussion from our Ask the Dean archives: