Topic: Adjusting to the “New Normal” in College
Question: College is such an important life transition for young adults, but the “normal” college experience looks much different now. How can college students cope with all the changes?
Marlys K. Borkhuis, M.S., LPC
North Dakota State University
College life does look different since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually, going to college is a time when students develop increased independence - they are able to move out of the house with their parents and start arranging their schedule how they want. However, the new pandemic precautions have changed the way the college experience looks. Some students may have needed to move back home with their parents. Other students are no longer able to participate in classes like they once did, and are instead cooped up inside attending many lectures via the computer. It’s also much more difficult for students to get out, be social, and meet new people.
It's OK to feel frustrated or sad about all the changes to the “typical” college experience. However, there are some things that you can focus on to help you cope with these changes and prevent college “burnout”: