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Welcome CalendarCommon Changes

What are some of the most common changes you can expect in the first year at LBCC?

•    New environment and relationships.  First year students must adapt to an unfamiliar environment and develop new relationships. LBCC will bring you a unique opportunity to interact with students, professors, and staff from various backgrounds and cultures. Expanding your worldview by learning about each other’s differences and similarities will likely enhance your college experience.

•    Greater personal freedom. Going to college for the first time means that you will gain independence and take charge of the many choices and decisions that your parents and teachers made for you in the past. While this newfound freedom can be exciting, it may also feel overwhelming and less predictable than what you are accustomed to. The freedom to manage your daily life is a learning process, but one that can be very satisfying.

•    Added responsibility. First-year students must manage the important daily responsibilities that accompany their increased personal freedom. Students must manage basic tasks such as eating, sleeping, exercising, and going to class. New students must also address more complex responsibilities such as balancing studying and socializing, participating in clubs and activities, and handling finances. Managing time is a demand that all first-year students experience. A typical day in college is less structured than high school, and there is more reading and studying that is required outside of class. Some students may feel as if they have no free time to do anything but schoolwork, while others feel like they have too much free time outside of the classroom.

•    Changing relationships. While there are many changes occurring in your new campus life, there will also be changes in your relationships. New students often face challenges such as best friends not going to college, beginning new romantic relationships or maintaining existing ones, and juggling newly formed relationships with already established ones. Students must balance a sense of connectedness and separation while at college.

Common Stressors

The first year of college is a new and exciting adventure, but one that may come with a few challenges along the way. What are some of the most common stressors that you will experience?

•    Time Management. Now that you are in college, there are no more six-hour school days like those in many high schools. You may have class for six, three, or even zero hours a day. The rest of your time must be negotiated between homework, clubs and activities, work, socializing, and self-care. College students often feel as if there is just not enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Using a schedule and some organizational skills will help you to effectively manage your hectic and changing life.  To help you the Learning & Academic Resources Department has LBCC semester calendars for your use as well as other informational documents you might find helpful.

•    Academic Performance.  By nature, college coursework is challenging, and it can be hard to keep up with the increased academic demands. Some students undergo pressure from both themselves and their parents. There may be requirements for scholarships and from financial aid requirements that you have not previously experienced. In order to manage the increased demands and expectations, it is important to attend class regularly, keep up with readings and assignments, and ask for help when you need it. Professors and faculty advisors are there to assist you, and want you to succeed. If you need additional help, various departments and programs on campus offer support services for free. Success Centers, Learning & Academic Resources classes, Tutoring, and Academic Computing Centers are a few such services.

•    Body Image. Many college students also struggle with body image. Our culture pays a great deal of attention to the appearance of our bodies, particularly during young adulthood.  It can be difficult to have a clear, healthy perspective on yourselves and your bodies when our culture sends so many confusing, conflicting, and sometimes unhealthy messages. This can be stressful at a time when many are trying to “fit in” with others and make new, exciting relationships. If you find yourself preoccupied with how you look you may want to enroll in a kinesiology activity class.  This can be extremely helpful in creating, developing, and maintaining a balanced and healthy academic life.
YouTube icon Here's a video about the many activity classes you can choose from at LBCC.

More Stuff…

 

Adobe PDF Common Feelings  (You are not alone.)

Adobe PDF Behavior Strategies  (What you should know and can do.)

Adobe PDF Recommendations  (Things to help you deal in the first year.)

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