December’s adjustments for first year students

Your student, whether a first year student or returning, may experience some of these during the month of December.

  • Anxiety over preparations for finals
  • Continuing roommate challenges
  • Excitement/anxiety over going home for holiday
  • Financial strain due to lack of budget experience/holiday expenses
  • Sadness about leaving new friendships and/or new romantic relationships for the holidays
  • Adjusting to being back home and adapting to old family rules and routines

Tip: have an open conversation with your student early about their expectations and hopes for Christmas Break.  Share yours as well!

Adapted from Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed, Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

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