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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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June 16th, 2017 7:40pm
It is quite normal to be nervous about college! However fear can be either positive - motivating, or negative - paralyzing.
June 17th, 2017 3:47am
It is absolutely normal to feel scared of going to College, its a new experience but will be fun....
June 28th, 2017 10:24am
Of course! It's going to be a brand new setting, you haven't experienced before. It's ok to feel scared and nervous. And even though you feel scared it all work out in the end.
June 30th, 2017 9:03pm
It is completely normal. Changing school (and going on an higher level) is a turning point in your life and like anything that involves a great deal of change, it is normal to find it scary. But the good thing is, college allows you to have more freedom and to dedicate your life to what you like better. As scary as it is, college can turn out to be a really great experience!
July 12th, 2017 9:47am
Completely. The feeling of starting over again with new and unfamiliar opportunities and the overwhelming feeling of having to carry heavier responsibilities weighing on your shoulder is scary and natural. Many people experience the same feeling of anxiousness.
July 15th, 2017 11:40pm
Yes, it's normal to feel scared going to college. You're going into a world you've never experienced before. Just having confidence and knowing people have your back is a good comfort. Just know you're not the only one feeling this way, and success is always in your sights.
July 20th, 2017 3:45pm
It certainly is normal, Feeling scared is a common issue when attending somewhere new which is full of new people and new surroundings. However colleges have support networks for students who need support or just a friendly conversation. After a week or so you start know your whereabouts and start to form friendship groups and you may look back and think 'What was I scared of?'
July 27th, 2017 12:29am
Yes it is. We feel unsure of what is waiting fr us in college. We will experience culture shock and peer pressure but college makes you a new person. We just have to be aware if we let it makes us better or worse.
July 27th, 2017 10:58pm
It is normal to feel scared to begin a new portion of your life, but the most important thing is that you are ready to begin college. Simple ways to do this are by mentally and physically preparing for college, by doing simple things like getting your things ready, and getting up at the time you would for college.
August 3rd, 2017 10:43pm
It's perfectly normal. This is a new and unknown experience for you. You didn't say why or what caused other members of your family to not be able to finish college but you could keep the reasons in mind as to “what not to do.” It's been a while for me, but one thing that helped was to just concentrate on one semester (or quarter) at a time. Also, think of this as your “job” right now. It's your “job” to study, learn, and get your education. Just like life, you will learn what works and what doesn't and adapt you behavior accordingly. BTW a college education is not the end of your education, it's the beginning. I wish you well.
August 13th, 2017 8:57pm
of course it is in one level. Meeting new people . Being away from your friends and family gets you out from your confront zone so its totally normal
August 17th, 2017 3:19am
I would believe so, depending on the person. A change in atmosphere, new people from all over, the possible stress of college life, the financial responsibilities, the dorm rooms and sharing (if you stay there), the college schedule, your sleep habits involved, the homework, etc.. The list goes on but being scared just means your mind and body is getting prepared for something new that you haven't done before. Think of it as natural response in your brain telling you you're going to feel scared so you can get yourself comfortable again when you settle in and get in the habit of it all.
August 19th, 2017 5:28am
It's perfectly normal going to a different environment isn't something that can be easily adapted too. Take your time and your not going to college for someone else your going for you
August 19th, 2017 6:54am
Yes very! Its a new experiance that can be intimidating but you will gain so much knowledge and im sure you will have fun and enjoy the experiance. I wish you all the best
August 19th, 2017 3:36pm
Yes definitely! Going off to college represents many fears that are common. You may feel anxious and uncertain about what it is going to like as a new experience. You may be worried about leaving home, and living by yourself. Maybe you're worried about finding the studies hard? All normal. Try not to worry but please don't think you're the only one who'll be scared! Good luck :)
August 19th, 2017 9:40pm
It's very normal. College is a big step up from high school. It's a new chapter in your life. There's more people to meet, more things to learn, and new experiences to be had.
August 19th, 2017 9:57pm
Of course it is normal :) - Think is as a challenge never mind the others do your part and stay focus. After all you are there to learn. It takes time to get used to new things. Stay positive!
August 23rd, 2017 5:43pm
Yes! The anxiety that you are experiencing is quite normal. Many graduating high school seniors begin to have anxieties about whether they will be able to succeed in college. Some of these anxieties may also be about leaving the familiarity of your home, family, and friends. You are moving from a very secure sense of who you are and what you can do into the college world of the unknown. Your fears are probably enlarged because everyone is assuming that you can't wait to get to college and that you will continue to be the great student that you have always been.
September 22nd, 2017 8:55pm
It is absolutely normal to feel scared to go to college. This is such a huge life event for many of us that feeling nervous and afraid is even expected. Sometimes we feel excited all the way up to the last minute and then we wonder if we're going to be OK or we already begin to miss family and friends (if we're moving away). And if you're not moving away there's still a worry about doing well and getting along in this college world, away or not. There's a lot of what ifs and daydreaming that can get us overwhelmed... but also excited. I think we should focus, then, on what feels exciting. I think we shouldn't feel hard on ourselves and simply do our best without feeling terrified that we just CAN'T do our best. Of course you can, you are just by acting and moving and living. Act on your passion, change your mind if you want to change your mind, treat yourself from time to time, experience all that there is to experience that you want to experience even if it is a little nerve-wracking.
October 11th, 2017 7:49pm
Completely normal. It may be scary if you're leaving home to go elsewhere and realize that you have to be able to take care of yourself without your parents. Or it may be scary to think about the workload and wondering if it is possible to handle. Or you may be worried about meeting new people and making new friends. Or it can be an entirely different reason. Either way, just know that everyone else around you has probably had one fear or another about going to college. It's a new journey, but just believe in yourself and have confidence and you can get through it :) New steps can be terrifying, but as your journey goes on find things you enjoy and embrace it! It can turn out to be a great experience!
October 18th, 2017 10:34pm
Yes I think it is very normal. College is a scary place but I think once you get in there and start you will see it's not that scary anymore.
October 22nd, 2017 6:45am
I think Yes, it's normal for people to feel a bit anxious or scared thinking of facing a different chapter of their lives.
October 29th, 2017 1:58pm
Of course! Of course it's normal to feel scared to go to college or university or just being by yourself for all that matters. The reason being is because after high school, you feel that you're all on your own, often in times its a new place with new people with very little familiarity. However, you need to remember that you're not alone. Here in college/university are new people that can potentially become your closest friends. You need to be able to open your eyes to the endless possibilities. So don't be scared, because there are many great things to come!
November 11th, 2017 12:48am
Yes! College is one of the most important steps to success and it's totally normal to feel scared or worried about it!
November 11th, 2017 3:10am
Doing new things makes the best of us nervous. But it's also adventurous. There is a fine line between anxiety and being excited. Could it be that you are feeling more excited, welcoming the transition into college than you are fearful? I was nervous too as a new sophomore, but as I settled into my classes and met other kids for whom it was also new, it was okay.
November 11th, 2017 4:00pm
Yes. It is completely normal to feel scared. You are going someplace new and strange. But strange in a good way.
November 12th, 2017 10:18pm
It is definitely normal to fear going to college. It is a big step that can mean some big changes, especially after being in a school or the same environment for such a long time. It can mean a new place to live, new friends and new surroundings. While that can be scary, it also means a new adventure to meet new people and form connections!
November 13th, 2017 6:30pm
It is normal, it's a new experience and anything new normally has some level of fear as we don't know what to expect from that experience.
November 15th, 2017 9:18am
It depends on the person, naturally: what is normal for one may perfectly not be for another. College is an important part of a student's life, so I'd say being afraid of it is normal. It is the way you lead with that fear that defines whether it is healthy or not.
November 15th, 2017 1:16pm
Yes it is very normal , especially if you are going to a college and living their away from home. It could be very frighting.