7 Helpful Tips to Help You Cope with Pre-College Stress

Summer is starting and school seems so far away—but if you're entering your freshman year of college, you may already be feeling a little nervous.

It's a significant milestone in life, so it's normal to feel anxious! Nobody enters their first year of college without at least some anxiety or hesitation. Still, you should able to enjoy your summer without being overwhelmed with stress. Here are seven simple ways you can cope with pre-college stress and prepare for your freshman year.

1.Make a To-Do List

There's a lot you need to do before you go to school. You may have to organize a move, register for classes, buy school supplies, buy new sports gear, order textbooks and more. Instead of worrying about how you'll get it all done in time, break down the tasks into a to-do list and give yourself deadlines for each job. Organizing and scheduling your to-do list will help you feel more in control and create a plan for getting everything done on time.

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2. Talk to Current College Students or Recent Grads

It can be beneficial to talk to someone who is currently in college or a recent grad, who will be able to answer any questions you have and offer advice. It's important to note that everyone has a different college experience, but this is an excellent way to ask general questions and gain valuable insights. Every single college student has learned something that they wish they knew ahead of time, so they will most likely be more than happen to share their experiences.

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3. Check Out On-Campus Resources

You know when you're on a campus tour and the tour guide mentions campus resources, but you're distracted by the cute team gear and potential college crushes? Well, those on-campus resources are essential and you should use every help your campus offers. Most campuses offer mental health services, tutoring, writing centers, career services, disability services, librarians and financial aid. Every college has different resources to offer, so familiarize yourself with the resources available at your college because they can be a game-changer.

 

4. Join College Groups

Every college has online spaces to connect with members of niche campus groups. You can find online communities for your graduating year or major, sports teams, clubs, and residential halls. You can familiarize yourself with group events and members, so you feel more confident speaking to them on campus. It's a great way to make new friends and get to know your campus culture better. If you're not sure what clubs you're interested in, your college most likely lists them on their website.

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5. Put Together an 'Emergency Stress Kit'

One of the best ways to combat stress is to prepare for it ahead of time, so you already have coping mechanisms in place. An easy and fun way to help cope with stress is to create an "Emergency Stress Kit." You can fill this kit with whatever brings you peace, like tea, positive messages, candy, essential oils, candles, your favorite books, face masks or a journal. It's comforting to know that you have a way to center yourself when you're stressed during your on-campus move or finals season.

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6. Research As Much As You Can

Researching sounds like something your professor would tell you, but it's truly the best way to prepare for school. You can start by looking over the college map and becoming more familiar with your campus. Check out your residence hall and find out the nearest dining hall. Find out how you pay for food and what transportation is available. When you receive your class schedules, find out where the classes are and prepare to show up early to make sure you're there on time. Check out your syllabus and look over future reading material. The more you know, the more comfortable you will feel.

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7. Take Care of Yourself

You need to physically care for yourself, but you also need to take care of your mental health. Make sure you stay in contact with friends, take breaks from planning, practice mindfulness and don't ignore your stress. One of the least helpful ways to cope with anxiety is by ignoring it. Acknowledge your fear and remind yourself you're doing everything you can to prepare for the school year!

 

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