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Challenges Faced by College Freshman

Challenges defined, reasons for challenges, ways students cope, how educators, counselors and administrative staff can help
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Rose Cooper

on 16 April 2016

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Transcript of Challenges Faced by College Freshman

The
Freshman
Experience

Challenges
Identity Development:
find their own way
make their own decisions
solve their own problems
who they are apart from their family
Reasons for Challenges
No Child Left Behind (transitional shock)
Stress of New Life/New Surroundings
Making New Friends
Safety Concerns
Decrease in Privacy
Drinking/Drugs
Disillusionment
Vulnerabilities
Immaturity
Challenges
Coping Strategies
Negative:
Alcohol and Drugs
Avoidance & Procrastination
Dependence
Parents, Family, and Friends
Interpersonal Relationships:
friendships
roommates
romantic relationships
interactions with faculty/staff
isolation
Coping Strategies
Positive:
Support Services
Peer Mentoring
Parents, Family, and Friends
Encourage Involvement and Connection to College Community
Help Establish Faculty, Staff, and Peer Mentoring Relationships
Increase First Year Transition Programs
Implement First Year Experience Living-Learning Communities
How We Can Help
Special Consideration
First Generation Students
Lack of Familial Guidance
Low Socio-Economic Status
Some
Theoretical Explanations
Astin's Model:
"Input-Process-Output" Model
Baumrind: Parenting Styles
Chickering: Vectors
Schlossberg: Transition Theory
Understanding Challenges and How We Can Help
Rose Cooper
Monmouth University
Fall 2012
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