CSU Campus News
Are you ready for college life?
University Relations // 07.20.2017
On Friday, August 18, Charleston Southern University will be flooded with new freshman.
A new academic year comes with its fair share of excitement – and anxiety, and stress,
and academic challenges. CSU counselor Katie Braeuer have helped counsel students through a variety of challenges as they transition from
home to campus life.
- Homesickness: Feeling homesick is natural. You may feel anxiety, sadness, even overwhelmed by your
new environment, but remember: you are not alone. There are hundreds of classmates
feeling the same exact thing.
- Making Friends: You will see a lot new faces when you arrive on campus, consider this experience an
opportunity to make new friends. We have intentionally planned dozens of events during
your first 72 hours at Charleston Southern so you can meet and socialize with other
new students. Dive in. Meet new people. Make new friends. This is your
- Academics: The academics will be more rigorous, more intense. It is time to step up your game
in the classroom. Stay focused. Create a schedule and be disciplined about your studies.
- Balance: For new college students, in most cases, this will be your first experience living
outside your home. Be careful to balance your schedule. That means class, studies,
social life, nutrition, exercise, sleep, finances, etc. Get organized.
“Freshman year is all about being in situations you are not familiar with and it can
be a challenge to find balance,” added Braeuer. “I encourage incoming freshman to
learn and develop their coping skills. That is something our Counseling Services team
can always help with.”
- Changing Majors: What happens if you are two years into college and you decide, “I want to change
my major?” That idea can create a ton of stress and anxiety for a college student. Time, money, parental
pressure, fear of disappointment, not being able to graduate “on time” are all residual
factors in considering the changing your major. Be thoughtful before making any final
decision. List the pros and cons. Use campus resources (i.e. Career Services) to examine
your likes and dislikes.
- Relationships: In today’s “connected” world, communication has never been more challenging. Having
a healthy social life and building friendships are essential to growing emotionally,
academically and spiritually. Relationships can potentially make or break your college
- Post-Graduation: Upperclassman have already begun planning for life after college, or advanced education.
What are my job prospects? What do I do next? CSU offers many resources throughout
your college life to prepare you in advance. Visit our Career Center for more information
on job opportunities and our Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) that is designed
to match students with employers for internships, summer jobs and research.
THE ‘X FACTOR’
Remember, after you arrive on campus and your parents/guardian leave, whatever stressful
conditions you might have experienced at home may not go away. Be mindful to stay
connected with your family and friends. Although the circumstances may not be pleasant,
ignoring them will only make it worse. Often times the stress can lead to poor attendance
and missed assignments in the classroom.
“Just because a student is here doesn’t mean they are immune to the impact of divorce,
illness, financial stress, whatever is happening at home,” said Braeuer. “It’s still
affecting them here (on campus).”
While you may not feel comfortable speaking openly about your personal and family
life with new friends, the Counseling Services department at CSU offers confidential
and compassionate services.
Charleston Southern’s Counseling Services offers professional mental health services
in the form of personal counseling from a perspective which integrates Christian theology
and psychology. Professional services are available for a wide range of issues including
(but not limited to):
- Generalized Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Eating Concerns
- Academic Problems
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse
- Relationship Issues
- Stress and Time Management
For more information on Charleston Southern’s student services visit us online at:
CSU MOVE IN SCHEDULE
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts
college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision
is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning,
leading and serving.