The Rythm of College Life

August/September

• Excitement

• Testing new-found freedom

• Frequent calls and visits home

• Homesickness and loneliness

• Anxiety about roommates, professors, classes

• First exams

October

• Roommate problems begin to arise

• Students question: “Do I fit in here?”

• First test grades returned

• Midterm exams

• Love relationships from home remain strong

• Consequences of decision-making experienced

November

• Midterm grades returned

• Roommate challenges become clearer

• Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving

• Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for Thanksgiving

• First series of campus-wide illness (cold, flu, strep, etc.)

December

• Anxiety over preparations for finals

• Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for holidays

• Sadness about leaving new friendships and/or love relationships

• Roommate challenges continue

January

• “Fresh Start” mentality sets in with new term

• Satisfaction and/or disappointment with fall term grades

• Homesickness

•Loneliness for love relationships back home

• Relief being away from home and back at school

February

• Feelings of claustrophobia and depression of winter set in

• Potential increase in alcohol and other substance abuse

• Challenges with love relationships back home

• Valentine’s Day brings out loneliness, isolation

March

• Anxiety regarding finding roommate(s) for next year

• Excitement and/or disappointment regarding Spring Break plans

• Midterm exam stress

• Concern over summer employment

• Concern over winter weight gain

April

• Concern over declaring major

• End of semester pressure

• Excitement with arrival of spring

May

• Final exam anxiety

• Apprehension about returning home for summer

• Sadness over leaving new friendships and/or love relationships at school

• Realization of how college influences life decisions