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First Year Survival Tips

Transitioning into university life can be daunting, especially in the first month or two of the year for first-year students. Homesickness, loneliness, isolation and even depression can be experienced.

This is where the team at the Trent Counselling Centre, located in Blackburn Hall, can provide a lot of help. Experienced and understanding, the counsellors have helped many new students adjust to university life and succeed in many ways at Trent.

To help in this process, several new information sheets have been added to the Counselling Centre's Web page, as a way of sharing coping stragies with first-year students and parents. These sheets cover topics such as:

• The Top Ten Ways to Combat Homesickness
• Homesickness Won't Last Forever
• How Do I Know If I Need Counselling?
• How To Raise A Parent While at University
• Tips for Adjustment to University Life
• Memo to Parents
• How to Live with Your Roommate

This is a good place to start if a student needs some advice on handling their new situation. As well, the counselling team is on hand to provide one-on-one help if a student would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling. All that is required to make an appointment is a phone call to the Counselling Centre at 748-1386. Sessions are free for registered students and confidentiality in all cases is guaranteed.

If you, or someone you know, is having difficulty adjusting to university life, please pass along this information. For more details about the services of the Counselling Centre, check out www.trentu.ca/counselling.

Posted October 7, 2002

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