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Why You Shouldn't Freak Out About Starting College

The transition to college is rough for everyone. The good news is you have resources to cope and you're not alone. by: Squad McStuffins HDFS Summer Academy

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1. It's NOT highschool.

It's a fresh start--the sky is the limit! Your peers have matured more and there's way less drama. Don't be afraid to branch out and explore your interests and be who you want to be.

2. You're not stuck.

Don't feel pressured to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life right now. You can always change your major, quit your sport or find a new path... it's not the end of the world.

3. Student support centers have your back.

You're not alone and your university can help you out. Many schools have a wide range of help centers for tutoring, health, counseling, careers and more.

4. It's okay--and necessary--to take time for yourself.

Taking walks will save your life. A study by Dr. Susanne Preston of South University says, “Research has shown that spending time in nature has been associated with decreased levels of mental illness, with the strongest links to reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, in addition to increased self esteem."

5. There will always be someone that accepts you.

Whether you're in the LGBTQ community, have been bullied, or felt like you didn't fit in, you'll find people that will accept you no matter what.

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