High school senior graduates and looks to the future. Mixed feelings of sadness, accomplishment, and anticipation.
Realize they will soon leave home, family, and friends, and those feelings of security.
Student is plunged into the college environment complete with roommate, university red tape, classes, and a foreign social world.
Student meets many new friends during Welcome Week and there are no tests for three weeks! It’s play time! Or so it seems…
“Where did all of this work come from and where did the time go?” Homesickness may appear at this stage as the student feels somewhat overwhelmed.
“There’s no doubt I would do better somewhere else. Can I transfer?” These feelings are common and usually subside.
This happens the first time a student goes home. They realize that life for the rest of the family goes on without them.
Well into the first semester, they have finally learned to use the library and hold a reasonably intelligent conversation. They are excited about learning.
Usually right before finals, they see the great amount of study time ahead of them and realize their future depends on their academic success.
Sometime during the second semester (hopefully), they see college as a total experience. They realize that hard work and fun can go together.