Nobody ever said going to college was easy; it’s expensive, time consuming, and mentally taxing. Maybe that’s the reason that, in 2014, nearly 41% of the students who started their freshman year at a 4-year university ended up dropping out before graduation. While there are certainly other factors that can and will bother today’s college students, here are 25 Student Frustrations That You Probably Never Thought About, as well as some handy tricks that might help to deal with them.
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Picking a Major
College students are under a lot of pressure to figure out what they plan on doing with their lives, and a big part of that decision is based on which major they pick in college. Remember that college is a time to experiment and try out new things; you don’t have to decide on a major until the end of your sophomore year, and switching majors is a lot less difficult than it sounds. The most important thing is to find something you are passionate about. You shouldn’t worry about taking your time to find out what that is, no matter how long you’re weird aunt you see once a year nags you about it.
No Social Life
Many students struggle to balance their school and friends, and it can be very disappointing to miss a party or get together because of homework. Since nobody can really see the future, there is no for sure way to avoid conflicts between school and social life. However, staying ahead of schoolwork can help make unexpected assignments less detrimental to your weekend plans.
Once you finally find that cool club or extracurricular activity that you’d really like to take part in, you can bet that it will meet right in the middle of your most important class. Try to learn the meeting schedules of activities that interest you before selecting your courses, but don’t wait too long; classes can fill up quickly, and if you take too much time, you could get stuck going to school at 7:30 in the morning, and nobody wants that.
Some people do very well in groups, and divvying up the workload is a great way to take some of the stress out of a big assignment. When the teacher tells you who to work with, however, you never know who you might end up with. Being forced to work with someone who is constantly complaining or doesn’t pull their weight can be difficult and especially frustrating.
Even those who come from the wealthiest lineages have their bank accounts tested by college. School is expensive enough as it is, and your first job can be hard to get. Be sure to check out some of the departments on campus, all of which are usually hiring around the start of the semester. Also, remember some of the best jobs can come from connections you already have, so don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and acquaintances about any job opportunities they might know of.