Attending university is a time of excitement and change, but university life can also feel demanding and sometimes overwhelming. Students away from home for the first time may find they are homesick and miss the close support of their family and friends. International students may find it challenging to adjust to a new culture.Encourage your student to:
While ups and downs are a normal and necessary experience, students may exhibit signs of distress as concerns accumulate. Warning signs that may indicate your student could benefit from help:
Getting started after Orientation Week will help eliminate issues of falling behind, even at the beginning. It is important for students to understand how quickly the learning begins, and the necessity of attending class, doing readings, and keeping up with assignments.
Encourage your student to set regular homework times, to create summaries and to do practice questions. Looking at the big picture and understanding concepts rather than memorizing will help students apply the information needed.
Suggest that they speak with their Don who can help students learn to let go of small things, express their concern on troublesome issues, and seek cooperation on solving the key issues.