The College Transition
College can be a time of transition as young adults pursue academic and professional goals. For some, this may be their first time away from home. Not only will the rigors of college-level courses feel challenging, but students are also in the process of navigating a new social environment. Living in residence halls, meeting new people, and managing their own time are just some of the many challenges facing university students. As with any major life transition, individuals may experience feelings of loss, anxiety, denial, fear, and anticipation. While it is helpful to encourage your student's independence during this time, remember that they will continue to need your support.
Why Students Seek Counseling
- Adjustment issues
- Difficulty coping with emotions (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger)
- Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
- Health-related concerns (problems with eating or sleeping, alcohol, STDs, pregnancy)
- Academic performance (e.g. poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety)
- Stressful/traumatic experiences (e.g. financial/legal problems, assault, harassment, death)
Depressed mood, stress, anxiety, and problems with academic performance are common concerns reported to CAPS staff. Counseling can help students learn new coping skills, set goals, solve problems, make decisions, and manage stress. It also provides a safe, structured environment in which students can explore aspects of their emerging adult identities - independence, values, personal goals, sexuality, intimacy, and friendships.
Determining Whether a Student Needs Counseling
There are no set criteria for seeking services. Students wondering about whether their concerns are appropriate to bring to CAPS are encouraged to request an initial consultation with a CAPS counselor.
As licensed mental health professionals, our staff is experienced in helping students with diagnosable psychological disorders and other concerns such as loneliness or homesickness. The initial consultation with a CAPS counselor will help to link students to services that can begin to address their needs.