Challenges Facing College Students
Aside from rigorous academic pressure, young adults transitioning into college represents a major developmental milestone. For many, being away from home for the first time can present difficulties adapting to a new way of life that requires them to manage their own time, formulate new relationships, keep up with coursework, and engage in the basic tasks of daily living. As a result, it is not uncommon for some students to develop symptoms of distress that can present in the forms of worry, depression, or anxiety, just to name a few.
As a mental health counselor and career counselor, having having completed a 600 hour internship at the University of Colorado’s Career Services, I have a unique knowledge of how a transition into college life impacts students from a psychological and academic perspective. Here is a list of some common issues that I have seen in college students:
Individuation and Identity formation
Academic stress and problems with organization
Psychological Disorders, including Depression and Anxiety
As parents, we want the best for our children - and to see them struggle in their first venture out into the world can be challenging. Having support in these situations can be invaluable. Because of the close proximity of universities in the area, I routinely see college students and I enjoy working with this population. When appropriate, I am happy to collaborate with parents to assist students in helping them to re-establish healthy modes of being.