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The Struggle of Being a College Freshman

March 26, 2012

by Amanda Greene

At first you think to yourself that college is just going to a cakewalk. You will finally be free of your parents and you will be entering the adult world, well sort of. Of course, Mommy and Daddy will be right there holding the safety net for you. Just a phone call away with more money, food, and moral support so really, how can you lose?

When a high school senior thinks about going to college they think of parties and fun, with a little school work thrown in. Their only main concern is how they are going to finance all the fun they are going to have and the money that they will need to decorate the perfect dorm room. For their parents their are more worries, worries that are more real to what their children will experience. They worry about how they are going to pay tuition, they worry that their children will put education on the side while they are having fun “partying it up” and they worry about making sure their college freshman has everything they need financially to remain comfortable while they are away from home.

When the freshman first arrives at college they are excited and find that stopping what they are doing to call home every now and then can be a real hassle. Then about a month or so into it they realize that they are being to miss home, and miss the security that their parents have provided for them their whole life. These freshman now call home more often and find themselves wanting to go back to their rooms so that they can make these phone calls. They call home about issues with their schedule, a class that is to hard or maybe a room mate that they are unable to get alone with. The co-dependent parents will tell their children what to do and even encourage them to come back home, where as other parents will encourage there college freshman to work through the issues they are having and try to prepare them for the adult world. These parents let their child know that they are always there to listen and help out, but life is never as simple as one thinks and you have to work at things.

One of the biggest issues that college freshman have to address is finding balance. Some will successfully balance their time to include plenty of time for school, work, and friends and others will go to one extreme or the other. While it may seem desirable to become engrossed in one’s studies in the long run this can actually be detrimental to the student as well, because it will cause burnout which can send a student packing just as quickly as one that is partying too much.

Most students, however, will be able to find the balance they need by the time they come home for Thanksgiving. For the few that so not, they end up taking the rest of the year off and then registering at a local or community college close to home so that they are able to get the structure they require. Either way, in a few years, your college freshman will be entering the adult world- Whether they like it or not!

About the Author

When you are looking online at the Ohio State University Campus you will find information on OSU housing when you go to rhl.org/Universities/TheOhioStateUniversity.

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