By: Sam Smith

Whether you are a freshman moving away from home for the first time or have done it many times before, coming to and fro college requires some sort of adjustment, which can look different for everyone. 

For new students, it could be overwhelming to settle into a new environment with a new routine, but further along in one’s college career, it could be the re-adjustment from independent living to going back to their family home; and the feelings or challenges that may bring. 

Don’t fret! Here are a few tips for helping college students adjust to being back on campus from home:

  1. Do YOU from the start!

Organizing yourself, from your living space to your calendar, will set you up for success. Putting yourself into a clean, organized environment helps to create a routine and encourages motivation. Bring enough possessions with you, but not more than you will truly use during the semester!

  1. Be kind to yourself

Being patient with yourself as you are experiencing change is extremely important. Having one world at home and one world while you’re at college can be difficult to balance. However, understand that those are normal, expected feelings.

  1. Stay in touch with close friends

Speaking on the phone or FaceTime and having a good conversation with friends from home usually makes anyone feel more comfortable. And of course, they will appreciate hearing from you too.

  1. Continue your favorite hobbies or activities

No matter what you enjoy doing in your free time, whether that be a sport, reading, or going on a drive, keep doing those things when you return to college! These outlets are crucial in having personal and social time and are healthy when needing to decompress. 

Next time you find yourself needing some clarity, remember these few tips!