By William Dutton Sterling, KS – March 27, 2018 10:34 P.M.
We all know that dreaded time in August where our summers of blissful peace and harmony come to a crashing halt. Yep, I’m talking about the not so glorious return of school. The question however is, do you remember what it was like to start fresh again. Contrary to what some may believe, there’s usually an adjustment period for college freshmen, and with this comes new fears, like “adulting” as some say.
“I was afraid of not being able to manage my time well with work, school, God, and friendships,” said Mason Rich, freshman, “My first semester hit me like a ton of bricks”.
Rich, a Sterling native, isn’t alone in this. In fact, most incoming freshmen have many different fears.
Since I was home-schooled, I was afraid of trying to make friends and not being able to make any,” said fellow freshman Kassi Brandt, “I felt like I might have had a lack of social skills, too.”
Rich and Brandt share trepidations that many incoming college freshmen carry with them. An article from eduinreview.com gathered twenty-five reasons college freshmen might be worried on their first day. Strangely, the first reason was oversleeping. Brandt’s fear of making new friends popped up at number eight, while Rich’s fear of time management was seen at number seventeen.
To better understand the perspective of an out-of-state student, freshman Patty Davilla was interviewed.
Davilla said, “One of my main fears was not being able to manage social life, my education, and my work all at once.” She gives credit to two people groups for helping her feel more at home here. “Friends and professors helped me get through it.”
Taylor Richter, freshman quarterback and wide-receiver on the Warrior football team said, “Having tougher classes and being more independent,” were his biggest fears.
Many articles online backed his claim. According to the article 8 Things First-Year Students Fear About College, the first fear many incoming freshmen have is the, “Am I smart enough?” question. It doesn’t matter how many tough classes or hours they’ve taken in high school; the fear comes from their friends a year or two older than them who have told them A’s and B’s in high school can easily translate to D’s and F’s in college if you aren’t disciplined in your studies.
At this point you may be wondering what the solutions were for these three freshmen. Rich explained how he got through his busy times of work, school, and friendships. He said, “I wasn’t ready for it at all, but God is faithful, and he brought me through that time in a huge way.”
While Rich gives credit to God, Brandt is thankful for her Sterling friends from high school helping her make new friends when she got here. “Sitting with people I knew before I came to school here helped me a lot,” said Brandt, “they introduced me to new people, and then I had my own confidence to make my own friends.”
Finally, for Richter, the antidote for his fear seemed straightforward and logical. He said, “I had to study more and work harder. I feel like being independent is just a part of growing up.”
Yes, trying to “adult” can be a tough thing, especially for a new college freshman. All in all, the process is usually made easier by simple remedies such as trusting God’s plan, finding supportive friends, building relationships of mutual respect with professors, and striving to work harder. The road won’t always be a peaceful or blissful one for new freshmen, but with the right attitude and mindset the path through fear-filled college can be achieved.