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• You can and should talk to someone
• Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student, or veteran student, a new semester can always hold unforeseeable events. It could be paying off student loans, preparing for the MCATS, finding an internship or even finding yourself. Sometimes it can be difficult to take everything in without feeling suffocated by responsibilities. Fortunately, NJIT offers social services in the form of the Center for Counseling and Psychology (C-CAPS). You can make an appointment by calling (973)-596-3414 or stop by Campbell Hall, room 205 for an appointment. And if you want more information, check out http://www5.njit.edu/counseling/. If you do not feel comfortable talking to someone at C-CAPS, at least try talking to some good friends or upper classman who may have experienced similar situations.
• You will need to depend on yourself
• When first starting a semester it can be easy to keep track of everything. However, as time moves on it is common for your schedule to become more hectic as class assignments pick up. Regardless of how you do your work, you are in charge of your actions. It is okay to ask questions or seek help, you are your own boss. In addition, don’t constantly compare your progress to those around you. Everyone has their own path and no one can walk yours for you. It is okay to have fun and laze about sometimes, but when it’s time to work, you’re the only person you can count on.
• Try new things
• If there is anything to take away from your time in college it should be learning how to learn. You will most likely spend some nights researching or studying material on your own. This can build up to become a new habit, and you can apply this to any novel experience or subject. The world is vast and there is always something new to learn. Try taking a step forward and joining a club (like your school’s newspaper), learning more about your major, getting to explore Newark with friends, and so much more. If you stay inside your comfort zone your personal growth may stagnate without you realizing it.
While not earth-shattering, these tips are essential to a balanced and healthy life in college. Above all, be true to yourself, and never hesitate to explore!