college can be hard for some freshmen, the most important
thing to understand is that they are in college now and
they must leave high school behind. Unlike high school,
incoming freshmen have to learn to be more independent.
They have to learn to do work on their own because their
professors will not constantly be on their back.
"College is more challenging [than high school] because
there is no one to baby you, make you do things, or tell
you what courses to take," said Jennifer Fequiere,
a freshman at Baruch College. "You have no one to remind
you when things are to be done, so it's important to stay
on top of everything," she continued.
Along with the new found independence, freshmen also have
to adapt to new surroundings, meet new people and start
thinking about what they really want to do for the rest
of their lives. Choosing classes and a major is a huge step
"It helped that my high school was like college because
we chose our own classes, classes did not meet all the time,
teachers did not write on the board, and they gave a syllabus,"
said Jamila Simmons, a freshman at Hampton University.
Some students cannot deal with the pressure of being away
from home. After their first semester they decide to change
schools because they don't like the people, the campus or
couldn't handle being independent.
"Only a few (freshmen) have dropped due to homesickness,"
said Natacha Jean-Louis, a freshman at SUNY Albany. "They
need to get a life, independency is inevitable."
Other freshmen even decide to drop out of school all together
in the middle of the semester because they cannot handle
the workload or because they feel that college is not for
College can be really stressful to new freshmen if they
are not familiar with an independent environment and a lot
more work than they may be used to. For others, college
is not that difficult.
"Now that I am a freshman I do not see what is so hard,"
said Simmons. "I do the same things that I did in high
school except procrastinate, but I still study the way I
did in high school."
There are some students who decide to argue with the professor
for no valid reasons. Bianca Smith feesl that these people
need to learn how to be more mature.
"Some professors can be rude and anyone has a right
to argue for what they believe is true," said Smith,
a freshman at Golf Coast University. "However being
rude for nothing is uncalled for and is very disrespectful."
Many students think about dropping out of college, but they
decide to stay because they believe that they need a college
education to get a well-paying job and they think about
the goals they have set for themselves.
"Schoolwork is always stressful for anyone who is serious
about what they want to do just because it is your future,"
said Petra Griffith, a freshman at Brooklyn College. "I
do sometimes feel like giving up, but then I just think
about why I am doing it and I fall right back into step."