Starting college or university is certainly a big change for anyone – moving away from home, making new friends, managing your studies, getting to know your new surroundings – this can be a challenging change of pace to get used to and feeling anxious during this time is perfectly understandable.
Here’s some little tips and tricks that may get your anxiety in order for moving to university, or moving anywhere for that matter:
- Cliche but remember you’re not alone. So so many people are moving away for probably the first time and everyone is in the same boat. If you’re anxious about making friends, everyone has to start again and make friends; if you’re anxious about living on your own, mostly everyone is doing that. Whatever you’re nervous about, I’m sure a large amount of people are nervous about the exact same thing. Saying this is so simple for someone who isn’t nervous or worried but just remember that everyone is in the same situation and you don’t have to be anxious alone.
- Find support. I’m 99% sure that all universities has some sort of support system in place for people who are worried or scared for a multitude of reasons so if you can, please find support. I know as soon as I enter the university campus I’m going to find the counsellors and sign up for a support programme because I may need it at some point.
- Don’t force yourself to do things. When you start university, don’t force yourself into going out every night like your roommates may do. This will only make you more anxious. Of course, if you want to, do just that. As well, don’t not do things just because you think your anxiety won’t allow it. Challenge yourself but don’t challenge yourself to the point where you come off worse.