Freshman Year: It’s a lot of pressure

4 minutes Written by Lisa Schneider

Congratulations, you’ve made it to college! The journey you’re embarking on is an exciting one, but it’s completely normal to feel a mix of nerves and excitement as a freshman. In this blog post, I’ll share valuable tips to help you navigate your freshman year with confidence and make the most of this transformative experience.

1. Embrace the Unknown:

It’s okay to feel nervous about the unknowns that college brings. Remember that everyone around you is experiencing similar feelings. Embrace the uncertainty as a chance to grow, learn, and discover new things about yourself. Everyone is new here!

2. Attend Orientation Activities:

Orientation is designed to ease your transition into college life. Attend as many orientation activities as possible to familiarize yourself with the campus, connect with fellow students, and learn about available resources.

3. Seek Support:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Colleges offer a plethora of support services, including academic advisors, counselors, and peer mentors. These individuals are there to assist you in adjusting to college life and overcoming challenges. These services are there to help. Many schools even have virtual resources that you can access. Help can make all the difference freshman year.

4. Create a Routine:

Establishing a routine can provide a sense of stability in the midst of change. Schedule your classes, study sessions, meals, and downtime to help you manage your time effectively and reduce anxiety. If this feels overwhelming, a counselor or therapist can help you figure out manageable steps to tackle organization.

5. Get Involved:

Joining clubs, organizations, or sports teams is a great way to meet new people who share your interests. Engaging in extracurricular activities can help you form friendships, develop skills, and make your college experience richer. Fairs in the beginning of the semester are there to introduce you to options and help you find your people.

6. Take Care of Yourself:

College life can be demanding, but don’t neglect your physical and mental well-being. Prioritize regular exercise, balanced nutrition, sufficient sleep, and stress-relief activities to keep yourself healthy and energized. This is easier said than done, so don’t shame yourself for eating at late night dining halls and taking some time to figure out what works for you. If you do find yourself struggling, examining your relationship with some of these things can help provide clarity.

7. Set Realistic Goals:

Set achievable goals for your academic and personal life. Break larger goals into smaller, manageable steps to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way.

8. Explore Campus Resources:

Familiarize yourself with the various resources available on campus, such as the library, tutoring centers, writing labs, and health services. These resources are there to help you succeed and thrive.

9. Stay Open-Minded:

College is a melting pot of diverse perspectives and ideas. Keep an open mind and engage in discussions that challenge your viewpoints. Embrace the opportunity to broaden your horizons and grow intellectually.

10. Stay Connected with Home:

Feeling homesick is common during the transition to college. Stay connected with family and friends back home through regular calls, messages, or visits. It’s a comforting reminder that you have a support system no matter where you are.


As a nervous freshman, remember that the college journey is a series of steps that lead to growth, self-discovery, and amazing experiences. Embrace the nerves, seek support, and step out of your comfort zone. With the right mindset and a willingness to explore, your freshman year can become a foundation for a fulfilling and successful college career. So take a deep breath, believe in yourself, and embark on this exciting new chapter with confidence. You’ve got this!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a therapist if this feels overwhelming. Help can make all the difference during these transitions.

This blog is not intended as medical advice or diagnosis and should in no way replace consultation with a medical professional. In crisis? Call or text 988 or visit or dial 911.

Lisa Schneider, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in working with those struggling with anxiety and depression, along with life stresses like college transitions, relationships, and parenthood. She can be contacted at [email protected] or

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Written by Lisa Schneider

Lisa Schneider is a therapist in Colorado, New York and Pennsylvania who specializes in individual therapy.