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Adjusting to College

Sending a child to college is an exciting milestone in the life of a parent. The years of attending school programs and supporting their academic efforts having finally paid off. With all that you, as a parent, have invested to this point, it is understandable that you may experience a little apprehension as you drop your child off and watch the campus slowly disappear in your rearview mirror. Who is going to be there to remind them to get enough sleep, not procrastinate, and, for heaven’s sake, wash their sheets?

Most students also commonly experience anxiety as they begin this new phase of their lives. Challenges can arise as they face living on their own for the first time and enter an environment where no one is aware of their many high school accomplishments.

While most students successfully make the transition to college life, some may need a little extra help. The Counseling Center at Ohio Northern is an important resource for students who are struggling with their adjustment to college life. Homesickness, anxiety and the stress of managing competing demands are just a few of the problems for which students seek assistance. The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed mental health professionals with decades of treatment experience. Services are provided at no charge, and appointments are available at the convenience of the student. In addition to providing services of individual counseling, the counseling center staff also is available for consultation when faculty (or a loving parent) has concerns about a particular student.

Please encourage your child to take advantage of this important on-campus service if needed. You can find out more by visiting our website or by calling us at 419-772-2190.