15 tips to help calm your college nerves

Feeling nervous and excited go hand-in-hand when starting college. It’s almost like it’s a requirement before you start.

We'll let you in on a secret: the thing about nerves and excitement is that everyone feels them. Literally, everyone that you walk passed in the hallways on campus the first week will be feeling the exact same way as you. And we promise that the moment you step on campus, your excitement will take over. Those nerves will melt away.

To settle any nerves you may be feeling now, we went straight to our experts for advice: our students. They've been in the same spot you are now and know how you're feeling. So, we asked them to share their best advice for someone starting college and here’s what they had to say:

  1. It’s not actually as scary as you think. Everyone has been in the same spot as you.
  2. Breathe. It gets easier. Go to career counselling. Access the academic advisors. Ask lots of questions if you’re confused about anything.
  3. Talk to your classmates. You’re all going through this together.
  4. Stay organized. Keep track of all your assignments and test due dates. Put them all into a calendar as soon as you receive the syllabus in your courses.
  5. Remember you’re also there to have fun and enjoy life, not just study, so balance out both aspects the best you can. Connect with nature or something you find calming to help manage academic stress.
  6. Get a great day planner. It will really help!
  7. Learn to say no. Limit your extra activities so that you have room in your schedule to study. Plan to work 2-3 hours on your own for each hour in class.
  8. Attending college is a journey and not a destination, so try to enjoy the trip because it’s over before you know it.
  9. Don’t hesitate to talk to your instructors.
  10. Make friends. Join a club. Manage stress before it gets too overwhelming.
  11. Talk to teachers or the head of your program if you're not sure if your program is right for you or the course load is too much. There are many options available before deciding to fully withdraw from a program.
  12. Get to know the library! So many helpful free resources.
  13. Be open to new friendships. You’re all experiencing big changes!
  14. Make time for you even if it feels like there is no time.
  15. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. And try not to feel pressured by other student’s marks.

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