Back in high school, you were given this form of motivation that college life was all good, fun to be around, and you could have all the freedom you needed unlike then where you were under the school rules. You came to college, and yes there is freedom. There is fun and life is good. Thank God you are out of high school life. But again, there is stress.
Adopting a new environment means you have to make some adjustments on your usual way of doing things; eating habits, how you manage your time, and most importantly, friends. This will
affect you in one way or the other. If you get unlucky and it affects you negatively, stress is inevitable.
Up until high school, you assumed a comfort zone from your parents’ care and them attending to most of your stuff. Teachers also did a lot in contributing to your academic success. Then you came to college. Now you have to be independent. Will you manage on your own? How will you plan your time? How well will you be able to choose rightful friends?
You have been having this dream of who you want to be when you grow up since you were little and now college is the determinant whether you will manage to achieve your goals or not. This thought, especially if at some point in your college life you get low grades, will surely bring a mind-dumbing feeling.
From high school life to college life and you experience a pretty fast world flooded with the technology you are not well conversant. You start to feel you are left behind in most of the things while others are swiftly moving with the system. “Will I ever catch up? Am I the odd one out?”
Friends are essential in college. Their company means a lot to us and brings relief when we are dull. But it is the same friends who are at the forefront of making you stressed. Since you were freshmen, you have been best friends. You had fun. You were happy, and you couldn’t have imagined life without them. But we are all humans. We are never perfect. They disappoint you, and you feel betrayed.
You have to get involved in at least one or two extra-curricular activities. You try football, but the team does not feel like you have the right skill as they. They leave you out when picking the team. “Maybe football is not your thing. Let me try tennis.” But the response is the same. “Am I a retard? Don’t I have a talent?”