Adjusting to College

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Most first-year college students have had pre-conceived ideas and expectations about college since they were in high school. Some may look forward to college and entering adulthood, while others may be dreading leaving their home and the life they knew. No matter their expectations, almost all will face obstacles and issues they weren’t anticipating. These issues may manifest feelings of sadness, loneliness, and stress. These feelings are normal and part of the transition to college. This course will cover five life challenges you can expect to have in college, along with providing tips for making these adjustments smoothly.

Please allow up to 20 minutes to complete this course.

Although this course was designed for Wichita State students, it is open and suitable for new or prospective students of any higher education institution.

To begin this course, you will need to have an account and login. If you are not logged in or do not have an account, click “Login to Enroll” in the upper right of your screen. Next, click on one of the lessons below. At the bottom of each window, you will have the option to mark the lesson as complete (which will move you to the next lesson) or click on the “next lesson” button. A course navigation menu will remain on the left side of your screen for direct access to any page, including the quiz. Once you have reviewed all the content in this course, please attempt the Adjusting to College Competency Quiz.

About the Author: This course was written and designed by the Office of Instructional Design and Access at Wichita State University with information provided by The Counseling and Testing Center’s  “Five Life Changes to Expect in College: Tips for Making the Adjustment.”