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A Year in the Life of a Student

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A Year in the Life of a Student

September

Freshmen explore 24-hour freedom; excitement and anxiety of a new environment; frequent calls and visits home; homesickness; adjustment to class schedule and format; getting involved on campus, sometimes getting over-involved; Welcome Week activities; student-athletes explore bonds with teammates and coaches, begin practices/competition; testing the boundaries of balancing social and academic schedules; questioning “Do I fit in here?”

October

Roommate problems may begin to arise; first tests/papers returned; midterms; study skills and time management can have a strong impact; homecoming events; midterm exams; Mother-Daughter Day; Fall Break; positive or negative results of early semester habits are experienced.

November

Mid-term grades available; many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving; it’s wise to meet with an advisor and plan out the spring semester, as registration takes place in November; develop comfort in routines, friends, expectations, etc.; restless excitement and/or anxiety about going home for Thanksgiving; financial stress; first series of campus-wide illness (cold, flu).

December

Christmas Concert performances; anxiety over preparations for finals; excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for holidays; sadness about leaving college friends; first-year college students may have to readjust to family and friends and may not even have the same bedroom as when they left.

January

Many students away from campus for student-teaching, studying abroad, or internship; satisfaction and/or disappointment with first semester grades; return to campus for spring semester; feeling of optimism about new start; loneliness for relationships at home; relief to be back at school; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

February

Possible “winter blues”; students looking for summer/fall internships; seniors worry about life after graduation; Valentine's Day brings out celebration, potentially loneliness; spring break: service trips, vacation with friends, return home to visit; return to a sense of normalcy and routine in schedules.

March

Mid-term exams stress; start to think of summer employment; efforts to get out and explore Twin Cities’ sights and entertainment to help ease cabin fever; concern over winter weight gain; Easter Break.

April

Excitement with the arrival of spring; end-of-the-semester pressures looming; planning and registration for next fall semester; seniors’ reality of graduation hits, begin thinking about job prospects; disenchantment with normal services such as food service and residential life; special events to celebrate student life in the spring, such as Knollapalooza.

May

Final exams/papers anxiety; concerns for summer employment and returning home; sadness over leaving friends or relationships.

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