College is a unique experience, and not all persons get to experience college. It is a period in your life where you have more choices, possibly more free time, and a wider range of activities. There is probably no period in your life where more significant changes will occur. Some of your relationships will change, and you will establish new relationships.
It is important to keep in touch with your family. College is a transition period during which you will develop new patterns for your life and evaluate the patterns that you have learned from your family. Developing new interests and life patterns, learning more about your world, and spending most of your time with your studies, may cause you to spend less time interacting with your family. You may find it helpful to find ways to ritualize your contacts with your family, such as calling at a certain time of the week or day. If you live away from your family decide on the number of visits that you will make to your home environment during each semester. If you live with your family, schedule times for family activities and for family conversations. Share your college experiences during these times and communicate any changes that are taking place in your life. Some of your family members may not accept the changes, but it is important for you to share with your family and to listen to what is changing in your family members= lives.
Set aside time to develop new and meaningful relationships in college. In college most people develop a series of acquaintances, friendships, and loving relationships. Take time to focus on these relationships, knowing that you will grow into some relationships in college and grow out of some of them. Work to make relationships a healthy and positive part of your college life. Counselors are available to help you define healthy aspects of relating and ways to improve your communication skills.
To make an appointment with a counselor come by the Student Services Office, located in Room W206 above the Bookstore or call 318.473.6545. The Student Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.