View Full Version : Leaving for College Anxiety

January 18th, 2015, 08:52 PM
So I'm a senior in high school, and I'm absolutely terrified of going to college. I've gotten two acceptances with nice merit scholarships so far (Washington College with $70K and Goucher College with $68K) but I'm so anxious about going, I can't seem to be happy about it. I feel like I'm letting everyone down, because my family and friends are so happy for me and I'm too anxious to be excited...

James Dean
January 19th, 2015, 01:22 AM
Give it a try as they say. I was at first struggling with the college idea myself, but I quickly grew to like it and met so many new friends and experiences out of it. I love going to class and I have changed my study a couple times but it's all good. Don't regret going and I'm using it as a tool to learn more about myself and what type of career I want to eventually get myself into.

Just as long as you have a committed major, the will to apply yourself, and understand there are going to be tough times, just go for it. Don't always think about the negatives especially in situations such as this. Your future is at stake. You'll be fine girl. :)

February 3rd, 2015, 10:34 PM
It sounds like you have the same type of anxiety as I do. My anxiety is about change, and college is a HUGE change, so you could imagine the panic attacks I had/have. It helps me a lot to go home as often as necessary (usually about 3 weeks to a month, but more frequently in the beginning). If you can or have one, I would bring your car as a sense of familiarity and also gives you the ability to go home when you need to. Overall, my advice is to keep revisiting the things you are familiar with and slowly spend more and more time at school until you make those friends that you can rely on and want to be with and you establish the college home as your "home base of familiarity."

February 3rd, 2015, 10:39 PM
it is perfectly normal to be anxious about such a huge life change/transition. but once you are there, I am sure (like most) you will begin to enjoy the ride (though I cant speak from personal experience obviously)

February 3rd, 2015, 11:20 PM
Like Seth and CELT said, it's very, very common to feel anxious or apprehensive about going away to school, and it is totally understandable. It's a big life change -- but something you have to think about is the sheer number of people who do it every year -- if they can do it then so can you :)

I was very nervous about starting college, and I am still living at home so it's a little different in my case, but like anything, it's a learning curve and you will take a lot away from having the experience of going away and taking care of yourself while still going to school.