Making the transition : a handbook for new college students : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
In the American culture, attending college is an opportunity that many students embrace. However, prior to college, students already hold views and stereotypes about the ideal college experience, created chiefly by the popular media. Many new students are unaware of the large transition that occurs when they leave high school and enter college. Along with this transition comes a variety of unfamiliar feelings for some students, such as homesickness, loneliness, and depression. Unfortunately, there are few resources to help students prepare for the more personal and emotional aspect of this transition. I have designed a handbook for incoming freshmen to better prepare them for the emotions that are overlooked by the popular media and oftentimes, by colleges and universities themselves. Within this handbook, students will be able to read about the causes, symptoms, and coping methods for homesickness, loneliness, and depression. Also, students will have the opportunity to become more familiar with their own college expectations, the hesitations toward seeking counseling, the side effects of refusing help, certain methods for helping friends, and where to find additional resources for homesickness, loneliness, and depression.