How to Deal if You’re Overwhelmed by Your New Campus

Stepping into a whole new environment in college is often overwhelming. You’re surrounded by new people, new territory, and your daily routine has completely changed. If you’ve settled into your college campus are overwhelmed with all the “new,” keep reading and see how we suggest dealing.

If you’re overwhelmed by the campus size.

Many students dream about a larger than life campus with ample amounts of school spirit and tons of cool spots to explore. But sometimes, you get to campus and realize that the size is actually a bit overwhelming.

We recommend spending some of your free time mapping out different routes. Get used to the best ways to get from class to class, your favorite lunch and coffee spots, and everything in between. If your campus has a bus or shuttle, make sure to familiarize yourself with the schedule and routes. Practicing this on a weekend (when there’s no pressure to get to class on time!) can really help relieve some anxiety. Oh, and don’t be afraid to chat with upperclassmen, either! They probably have the best advice on getting to know your campus.


If you’re overwhelmed by your class sizes. 

Going from a small classroom in high school to a college lecture with 100+ students is a major change. You might feel worried that you won’t get the one-on-one help you need to succeed in your classes, but that’s not the case! Spend some time checking out the different campus resources your school offers. You can always schedule tutoring sessions or meet up with your professor during office hours.



If you’re feeling homesick.

Moving away from home is a big step. It’s not uncommon to feel homesick, even if you’re usually fine venturing away from your comfort zone. We put together a whole guide on fighting homesickness here — but our best tip? Make sure you get involved. Joining clubs and organizations, showing up to campus events, and even snagging a job on campus will help give you a sense of belonging on campus. When you feel like you belong, your new campus will become your home-away-from-home.


If you’re feeling panicked that you haven’t made friends yet. 

You might have had visions of instantly becoming BFFs with your roommate and having a solid friend group that’s practically inseparable. Sometimes it feels overwhelming when you get to campus and realize that those strong friendships don’t happen as quickly as you anticipated.

There are plenty of ways to make new friends on campus. You can join clubs, attend campus events, take on electives that align with your interests, and so much more. The important thing is that you have realistic expectations. It takes time for someone to earn that “BFF” title — there’s no rush!


If you’re stuck with FOMO. 

Life on campus is anything but dull. There are probably so many events, social gatherings, and activities that you want to be a part of! But at the same time, you can’t do it all. There are days when you’ll have to stay in and study or times when you really just need to rest. That’s when FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) kicks in. You might find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things you want to do, but can’t.

Adopting a few time management strategies may help you out here. It’s simple — if you can manage your time better, you’ll have more time for things you enjoy. On another hand, it also helps to realize just how important slowing down for some self-care is. (We listed some scientifically-backed reasons here.) Trust us, there will never be any shortage of fun on campus, so missing a few outings here and there won’t be the end of the world!

Is there anything else you’re overwhelmed by? Talk to us in the comments below.


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