The Time of Transition
The whole college experience can become stressful, especially when you are new and are settling in to dorm life; this can be the most stressful time of all. However, you can rest assured that it becomes much easier with time. At first it is scary and intimidating; yet, within a week you are likely to feel more comfortable. That's often the case for many college freshmen away from home. But how do you cope with the initial culture shock?
Ask for Assistance: Help yourself initially by accepting assistance from others. Talk to your resident assistant (RA) if you are sad, lonely or depressed. You can talk to him about anything. The resident assistant is an older student who understands the issues that you are facing in your life. If your resident assistant is not kind or helpful, you can always request a change of floors or rooms; simply explain why. This won't always work out, but it often will.
Utilize Campus Support Systems: Be sure to know where you can easily go to for support. There's always a school counselor, and there's often a campus psychologist. There are also posted phone numbers that you can call if you get really down or lonely. Campus support numbers will have students helping other students.
Attend Dorm Activities: Go to all of the posted activities at your dorm when you arrive. Most dorms feature all sorts of fun things to welcome the students, such as movie nights, cook outs and bonfires. Go to them, even if you're scared. All the other freshmen will be there feeling those same feelings. Simply smile and say to someone who looks as frightened as you feel; you may just strike up a friendship.