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Is it normal to feel scared to go to college?

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Last Updated: 08/24/2021 at 11:42am
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Top Rated Answers
December 1st, 2015 3:27am
Yes! its perfectly normal, going anywhere where there are people you dont know can be a very scary thing for some people
January 11th, 2016 12:11am
yes, college is a huge life change and it would be unusual to not feel apprehensive about it. fear can be a positive thing, it means you are taking steps out side of your usual boundaries and growing as a person.
January 18th, 2016 4:07pm
It is normal, but you gonna do it anyway as every other teen and after all you gonna be just fine. ..
January 26th, 2016 12:06am
It is normal indeed. Fear of the unknown......... Fear of change........... Understand though that the fear only exists in your mind.
February 9th, 2016 3:32am
Its normal to feel anxious, I think scared is a big term for going to college. Some amount of anxiousness helps you. So, as long as its under control, no need to worry.
April 8th, 2016 3:03am
Feeling scared to go to college? It's totally normal. EVERYONE feels this when they're in high school. You have no idea what to expect out of the real world, and becoming an adult feels terrifying. One thing I've learned is that you never change that much - you still stay who you were before. There's nothing to be afraid of. You're going to love college. Trust me! : ) : ) : )
June 14th, 2016 8:09pm
Yes, it is perfectly normal and understandable. Everybody has this fear to the unknow and sometimes this fear is enhance by what other people tell about it. For example, they can say that it is going to be so hard or that there is not going to have time to enjoy yourself because you are always going to be studying. That kind of concerns are normally irrational. The best thing you can do if try to answer if you think that go to college is a thing you want to do or need t do in order to get the job you want . If the answer is yes, then you just need to have your own experiences about it. In studies as in life there are things you can´t control and you need to focus in make your best effort in order to be happy and make others happier.
September 5th, 2016 2:13pm
Yes. But it's important to know why you are scared and overcome those fears in order to be at your best.
September 14th, 2016 2:12am
Yes, college is a brand new thing to you. For example kn the first day of high school many people are scared because its all new to them . and thats just like you its new to you.
September 16th, 2016 8:23am
Yes, it's normal. But it is a new experience in life. :) I felt scared to go to college for the first time, but I found a new friends and now it is ok. :)
September 17th, 2016 1:25am
Yes, its normal to be a in a new environment but what is most important is getting used to it. It will get better once things are okay
September 17th, 2016 10:23am
if it is your first year in college its normal to feel scared but if you are in final year and still you feel scared its not good.
September 24th, 2016 3:57pm
Yes. If it is your first time as college student you will be scared at first but will get better too
September 24th, 2016 9:09pm
It's a normal feeling ! I experienced it when i went to college. It passes by with as you go along.
September 25th, 2016 6:41pm
Its quite normal to feel scared to go to college! Its a whole new adaptation and beginning to something amazing!
September 28th, 2016 5:23am
Yes it's totally normal to feel scared. Going to college and starting the next chapter in your life can be scary and not knowing what to expect can cause you to feel nervous
September 29th, 2016 8:31am
Yes, of course it is! It can be scary to go to a big place where you don't know many people, but rest assured, facing the fear head-on by going for it will cause the fear to diminish over time.
September 30th, 2016 1:21am
Of course. It is a new setting, new people, and a new type of workload to handle. However, the human body is made to adapt to a new environment. You got this!
September 30th, 2016 9:46pm
Yes, it's a big step in life. A huge transition. Why should you not experience trepidation from that idea? You are after all being "thrown" into an environment of insecurity! So yes, it's perfectly ok to feel scared.
October 2nd, 2016 4:05am
Starting something new can always a worry at first, this is completely normal and a stage you go through when facing a new challenge
October 2nd, 2016 5:03am
Of course it is! There are huge decisions to be made, and college itself is very time consuming. Plus there is a lot of personal growth that happens during this time as well. Happy learning!
October 6th, 2016 2:10am
Well, i think it's normal to fear any kind of big changes in one's routine or structure, so it is normal to a certain extent. Now, if you are having panic attacks because of it then maybe you should consult a specialist.
October 7th, 2016 6:57pm
Yes. It's a new place and a new experience. College is most likely crucial to you, and you want things to go well.
October 8th, 2016 1:23am
Very normal. For most it's the first time they'll be away from their parents and having to fend mostly for themselves.
October 9th, 2016 6:10pm
Of course it is! College is now a new and somehow strange experience in your life, and even though it sounds scary, you'll get used to it. Be brave, confident and do your best, everything will be okay :-)
October 9th, 2016 8:57pm
Of course it is. Its like school except more rooms. :) Remember we are here if you need us. We can't help you with your coursework but we'll definitely help you every other way :P
October 12th, 2016 6:52pm
Yes of course it is, it is a whole new concept with many different challenged ahead. Fear of it is completely normal.
October 12th, 2016 8:57pm
Yes, of course! It's normal to be scared for change. I know that you've been used to high school for the last 4 or so years, but you'll get to be more independent in college and you'll get to become your own person.
October 13th, 2016 12:21am
absolutely. college is a big change, and it impacts your life. it's very normal, and okay to feel that way!
October 15th, 2016 1:23am
Yes. Fear or worry of starting something new is very normal. In fact, everyone has experienced it at least once in their lifetime.