The Personal Side
This section provides you with links to a variety of
sites that will help you with personal issues and concerns
while you are in college.
Issues Related to Alcohol and Other Drugs
Do you know someone who is drinking too much? Are you
drinking too much? This site provides information about
the effects of alcohol and drugs and suggestions to
help those who might have a drinking or drug problem.
College Drinking Issues
Is the drinking on college campus as wide spread as
reported? It is as dangerous as the media says it is?
These articles explore the problems and solutions of
today's college drinking culture.
Why can't I concentrate? Concentration is your ability
to work without letting people, feelings or activities
interfere. There are three steps to developing your
concentration ability: establish some concentration,
increase concentration, and develop the concentration
Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are mental disorders that can have
serious physical complications. These disorders may
make normal functioning difficult and can become chronic,
crippling illnesses and in extreme cases require hospitalization.
There are three main types of eating disorders: Anorexia,
Bulimia, and binge eating. These are complex disorders
focusing on issues of eating, body weight, and body
shape. Disordered eating can lead to an eating disorder.
It is important to identify eating habits and change
them before they become severe.
Weight Gain at College
Everyone's heard warnings about the "freshman 15," but
is it true that many college students pack on 15 pounds
during their first year at school? Recent studies find
that some first-year students are indeed likely to gain
weight. Researchers at Cornell University found that
students gained an average of 4 pounds during the first
12 weeks of their freshman year - a rate of gain that
is 11 times higher than the typical weight gain for
17- and 18-year-olds.
College Students and Their Eating Habits
Many college students go on some kind of diet at least
once a year, sometimes for health reasons, and often
to lose weight. Studying at college can actually make
people gain weight. However, not many college students
worry about a diet that could help them study better.
ISSUES AND CONCERNS
Adjusting to College Life
Becoming a college student is an exciting change in
life. But with the independence comes responsibility.
If you want to make the most out of the college experience,
you should be prepared to make the right choices, from
washing your socks to dropping a class or changing your
The Balancing Act At College
Freshman year. It's the make or break period of college
life. So much is new. New school. New faces. New demands,
in and out of class. And new temptations. Well, maybe
not so new, but certainly more of them — sometimes as
close as the other side of your dorm door. And nobody
to say no.
ALONG WITH ROOMMATES
Tips for living with Roommates
Living in the halls is an important and exciting part
of college life. Whether you know your roommate or are
meeting for the first time, living with another person
is difficult at times. Open, honest and constant communication
is the key to successful roommate relationships. Often
it is difficult to talk about differences when you and
your roommate are first trying to get to know each other.
If you intend to live together happily, you need to
realize and resolve your personal difference early in
the fall semester. The first step is to begin talking
about the things you value and about your lifestyles,
so that you can find out where differences exist.
College Roommates: Living With Your Opposite
Are you living with your total opposite? It's amazing
how different two people sharing the same (tiny) room
can be. Even the littlest things can drive us crazy
after awhile! You eat Big Macs and chicken wings while
your roommate swears by tofu and beans; you like Coldplay
and your roommate cranks up Tim McGraw. You're East
Coast; your roommate is West Coast. Whatever your differences
(and there are bound to be a few), you need to figure
out what you're willing to live with and what's fair
to ask your roommate to change.
Interaction with Roommates Shapes
We've all been woken up in the middle of the night by
the most obnoxious of sounds. Whether it's because of
cars flying by with blaring systems, 30 drunk guys screaming
the Eagles chant outside your window or, worst of all,
your roommate viciously clearing his sinuses, we all share
Getting Along with Your College Roommate
She was a nightmare! My first roommate and I could not
have been more different had some sort of incompatibility
test matched us. To her, the floor was a substitute
for a closet, studies were something to be ignored,
and the only thing worth majoring in was boys –
lots of them.
Getting Along: Tips for Freshmen
Freshman rooming situations can be a nightmare. My midwestern
roomie got falling-down drunk every Thursday through Sunday
night, while the Louisiana boy who shared a bunk bed with
me made frequent ceremonial offerings to a legendary bayou
voodoo queen. I realized within days that we were not
going to be lifelong best friends. My goal was survival.
College Relationships: Getting Along With Your Roommate
Living with a new roommate can be an excellent experience.
I have been in college for two years and have lived through
both the good and the bad of roommate relationships (but
mostly the good).
The Harvard Guide to Happiness
Lost in the current obsession to get into The Best U
is something most adults readily admit, at least in
hindsight: It doesn't matter so much where you go to
college, but what you make of the experience.
Overcoming Depression and Finding Happiness
Expecting dissatisfaction and failure, depressed people
often give up easily and thereby bring on failure. Happy
people know that every failure is a learning experience
that can lead to success if they refuse to give up.
Starting a successful business, for example, may take
many years of learning what doesn't work. After causing
their own failure by giving up, depressed people often
blame their problems on fate, bad luck, other people,
circumstances, or their incompetence. They may passively
resign themselves to problem situations and let the
problems continue. Their pessimistic thinking leads
them to reject many enjoyable activities. Sometimes
their lack of motivation involves not knowing what to
do to improve things or fear of making the needed changes.
This article was written by a soon-to-be Princeton graduate.
How to Make Decisions: Coherence, Emotion,
and Practical Inference
Students face many important decisions: What college
or university should I attend? What should I study?
What kind of job should I try to get? Which people should
I hang out with? Should I continue or break off a relationship?
Should I get married? Should I have a baby? What kind
of medical treatment should I use? A theory of practical
reasoning should have something to say about how students
and other people can improve their decision making.
You might be feeling a bit depressed. Learn how to combat
Social anxiety is the third largest psychological problem
in the world today but few people understand this. Social
phobia is an intense fear of becoming humiliated in
social situations, specifically of embarrassing yourself
in front of other people. It often runs in families
& may be accompanied by depression or alcoholism.
Social phobia often begins around early adolescence
or even younger.
Online Mental Health Resources
Check out some online mental health resource sites.
Mid-Term Exams : Coping With Pressure
The mere fact that mid-terms are intended to monitor
one's understanding of a subject mid-way through the
term carries a heavy burden for most students.
Dating and Peer Relationships in College
This site provides some great advice for college students.
#Relationships -- Dating
Socializing in College
The Thread: To Socialize or Not to Socialize As far
as social life, I can't stress enough the importance
of at least trying to get out and be involved. It really
doesn't matter in what- clubs, teams, friends, whatever...
It won't be easy...but it's worth it.
Are you in a healthy relationship? These articles provide
some insight into developing a healthy relationship.
Having a Healthy Relationship
Being a college student and maintaining a healthy romantic
relationship can be a difficult task. While you may
receive a great deal of support, comfort, and satisfaction
from your relationship, you may also feel confused and
frustrated by the additional responsibilities and demands
on your time. How you negotiate and balance the many
roles you play will greatly influence the quality of
your life together and the quality of your student experience.
ISSUES AND CONCERNS
College Seniors – Making the Last Year Work
Harder classes. Laziness. Senioritis. It has been said
that no year of college is more difficult than that
endured by seniors.
Stress and the College Student
College life can be very stressful. Sometimes parents,
faculty and others tend to idealize their college experience
and remember it as that idyllic time when they had few
worries or responsibilities. To students currently attending
college, however, the process is often stressful and frustrating.
As the end of the semester arrives, so does stress
, a feeling of being overwhelmed by all that you need,
should and want to do. Stress comes from impending exams,
assignments that are due, as well as from family, friends,
work and from yourself. The harder you work, the further
behind you seem to get. And then the car breaks down!
College/university life can be stressful. The following
sites provide some helpful hints about handling stress
or helping someone who is not handling the stress in
Finding Hope & Help: College Student &
Depression Pilot Initiative Fact Sheets
Adjustment to Life's Changes, Anxiety Disorders and
Depression, Eating Disorders and Depression, Alcohol
and Drug Abuse and Depression, and Suicide and Depression.
You need stress in your life! Does that surprise you?
Perhaps so, but it is quite true. Without stress, life
would be dull and unexciting. Stress adds flavor, challenge,
and opportunity to life. Too much stress, however, can
seriously affect your physical and mental well-being.
A major challenge in this stress-filled world of today
is to make the stress in your life work for you instead
of against you.
Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle
You probably will have to make a number of changes in
your life. Your school schedule will change, you might
have to work more or fewer hours, and your sleep pattern
might be affected, as well as your eating and exercising
habits. And of course, your stress level could increase
because of these changes and new pressures. In order
to be an effective student, you must take care of your
physical and emotional health. These "Transition to
a Healthy Lifestyle" tips are presented to assist you
in maintaining and developing healthy behaviors in order
to perform at peak emotional and physical levels.
Tick, tick, tick ...No, it's not the beginning to 60
MINUTES nor is it the dreaded crocodile coming to get
Captain Hook. It's time moving on. College students
often report that their inability to manage their time
is the biggest problem they face in college. Time management
is a skill few people master, but it is one that most
Managing Your Time
Many students discover the need to develop or hone their
time management skills when they arrive at college. Unlike
high school where teachers frequently structured your
assignments and classes filled your day, in college, you
will have less in-class time, more outside of class work,
and a great deal of freedom and flexibility.
Balancing your College Schedule
Attending classes, studying, working a part-time job,
participating in extracurricular activities, and finding
time for your friends, family and yourself can be a
hard schedule for college students to balance. This
is why it is crucial for you to achieve time management
skills early so you will not become too stressed out
once you get more involved in your school activities.
Getting Along with Your Boss
You might be working at a summer job. Understand, the
fact that your boss, like yourself, is a human being.
Like everyone else, bosses come in all shapes and sizes.
Like you, your boss has ambitions, aspirations, and
dreams. Some bosses are good managers, others bad, but
most fall somewhere in the middle range.