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1 1 Personal Issues for First Year College Students Dr. Lowell G. Roddy Student Counseling Services Austin Peay State University

2 2 Underlying Principles Underlying Principles: 1.Change ALWAYS produces stress, even when the change is anticipated. 2.Life is complex, so no two transitions are the same.

3 3 “Homesickness” is VERY common. VERY common. Sometimes parents make it worse by refusing to “cut the apron strings.” The student then feels guilty for wanting his/her own “space.” There is also loneliness and anxiety about the loss of familiar surroundings Sometimes parents make it worse by refusing to “cut the apron strings.” The student then feels guilty for wanting his/her own “space.” There is also loneliness and anxiety about the loss of familiar surroundings.

4 4 Transition Issues for Parents and Students SeparationSeparation Letting GoLetting Go New RelationshipNew Relationship

5 5 Events Affecting Transition Birth order position of studentBirth order position of student Siblings who have movedSiblings who have moved Siblings who have attended collegeSiblings who have attended college Student’s previous absence from homeStudent’s previous absence from home General relationship between parent and studentGeneral relationship between parent and student Student’s self-imageStudent’s self-image

6 6 Four Ways to Leave Home Never left (emotionally or physically)Never left (emotionally or physically) Run AwayRun Away Kicked outKicked out LaunchedLaunched

7 7 Handling Independence Responsibly SmokingSmoking DrinkingDrinking DrugsDrugs Sex (perhaps same sex)Sex (perhaps same sex) Nutrition and FitnessNutrition and Fitness Honoring CommitmentsHonoring Commitments Managing Time and MoneyManaging Time and Money

8 8 Money Management Developing a budgetDeveloping a budget Managing creditManaging credit Deciding between wants & needsDeciding between wants & needs Learning to shop for bargainsLearning to shop for bargains Perhaps finding and keeping a jobPerhaps finding and keeping a job Curbing the appetite to spendCurbing the appetite to spend

9 9 Living with a Roommate Loss of privacyLoss of privacy Need to negotiate personal spaceNeed to negotiate personal space Negotiate individual rightsNegotiate individual rights Learn to shareLearn to share

10 10 Other Issues Anxiety about making new friendsAnxiety about making new friends Success-orientation / Fear of failureSuccess-orientation / Fear of failure Perhaps first time in multicultural environmentPerhaps first time in multicultural environment


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