The first day of college is quickly approaching. This can be a stressful time for new students. You’re entering a new environment filled with unfamiliar faces and unestablished routines. No wonder you feel overwhelmed! These stress management tips for new college students will help you conquer those first day jitters.

Tour the Campus a Week before

Arrive on campus as early as possible – at least a week in advance. You need time to get familiar with the entire campus. Learn where the buildings are, where the stores are, where you can eat on campus, where the library is, and any other information. If you’re moving into a dorm, you will want time to meet other people on your floor, get to know your RA, get your room settled, and make last-minute purchases. The more time you give yourself, the more prepared you will feel on Day 1.

Walk through Your Entire Class Schedule

Don’t just look at a building on a map. Walk your entire class schedule, in order. Understand the correlation between your dorm and the various buildings you need to go to. Find the exact lecture halls you will be in, and scope out the seating if possible. This will help you feel prepared if you have classes back to back. You will know to bring your materials for both classes without frantically running back to the dorm.

Check All Online Resources, Especially Syllabi

Most schools now have online portals for students to use. This is where you will submit homework/essays, take certain tests, participate in discussion boards, and view content provided by the professor. Log into this online portal in advance. Look through the documents available for each class. If the professor has posted the syllabus, look over it and get ahead of the game. It may seem silly at first, but you’ll be stress free when you understand every word in your first college lecture.

Schedule a Therapy Appointment before School Starts

This is a moment filled with newfound anxiety. Talk to your therapist about the new emotions you’re facing and what you’re worried about. Your therapist can help you find personalized coping strategies for this unique time. Your therapist can also remind you of tools you can turn to for stress management. First day nerves are normal, but you can take steps to control them.

Remember: You’re Not the Only One Feeling Stressed!

At the end of the day, know that you are not alone. There are hundreds of other people facing the same stress in the same place. If you make a mistake or forget something, it won’t be the end of the world. You’ve been through plenty of life transitions before. You’ll get through this just like you did those.



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