How to overcome first-year anxieties

Zahra Mustansir


Starting first year can be hard and emotionally tolling for some. It's like entering a new world with no training wheels on your path to adulthood. Not knowing what to expect can make many students anxious and it's completely normal. Here are some ways to challenge your first year anxieties:

Be prepared

Plan ahead for the school year to stay on top of your schoolwork. Remember, university is meant to be a challenge. Getting through first year will require you to get out of your comfort zone, be independent and make decisions about your future.

It can get stressful really fast. Do the most to prioritize your schoolwork so you don't have to worry about it during the school year.

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Get involved

Introduce yourself to as many people as possible. You won’t click with all of them, but if you put yourself out there, you’ll meet more people with similar interest as you.

Building a good support system is crucial during your time at university. It can also help you overcome your anxieties if you have someone to talk to and have people who are on the same boat as you.

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Take advantage of on campus support. You can find resources on the Student Life website.

You aren’t alone

The root of anxiety is uncertainty. There's a lot of questions that will be floating around in your head.

"What if I don't make any friends?"

"What if it's all really hard?"

"What if I don't like my roommates?"

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It’s important to keep in mind that almost every single freshman/first-year student is having the same thoughts and doubts. It’s how you respond to these anxieties that will determine whether you thrive or flounder.

That's all the advice I have for my fellow first years. Remember to have fun but also prioritize school work!

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