As students return to campus after Christmas break, many experience the following:
- Satisfaction and/or disappointment with last semester’s grades
- Homesickness after Christmas break
- Realizing that Jan Term classes are more challenging than they first realized
- Feelings of exhaustion
- Difficulty finding motivation in the darker winter light
Tip: January is a great month for a handwritten letter from home, or for a care package, “just because.”
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.