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The Struggle Is Real

Last updated January 6, 2020

It is common for students to struggle during their first semester of college. You’ve made an enormous change in your life and no one has everything figured out from the start. It’s okay, struggles are normal.

Take a moment and reflect 

Think about your first semester and think about why you struggled. Find areas that you can improve on.

  • Did you manage your time well? Try using a planner or calendar to stay organized, like apps MyHomework or Egenda to set alerts and reminders. Staying on top of your work will alleviate the stress that comes from falling behind and feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of work in front of you.
  • Are you on your phone while doing homework or studying? Putting the phone away will limit distractions and even save you time as you get your work done more efficiently.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. As one of your fellow Toros said, “Not everyone is living on the same page as you are so, don’t feel down and discouraged if others are ahead of you. College isn’t a competition!”

Small changes like these can make a massive impact on your performance. Remember that struggles and successes don’t define you. It’s all about how you react to them that builds your character and makes you uniquely you.

Other things to consider:

  • Syllabus week: This week is learning about what to expect over the quarter and getting organized. Write all of your assignments and due dates into your planner.
  • Join a club or activity to connect with other students on campus.
  • Participate in residence hall activities and events to meet new people who live in your area on campus.
  • If you feel homesick, schedule a weekly call with loved ones to make sure you’re prioritizing time to stay connected to home.
  • If you find yourself struggling academically, visit your campus advising center to see what support is available. Most campuses have free tutoring, study groups, and writing and math resource centers.
  • If you're not feeling like yourself and need someone to talk to, most campuses provide free counseling and support. Taking care of your mental health is essential! 


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