August/September

Excitement
Testing new-found freedom
Frequent calls and visits home
Anxiety about roommate(s), professors, classes
First exams

October

Roommate problems begin to arise
Students question: “Do I fit in here?”
First test grades returned
Midterm grades
Love relationships from home remain strong
Consequences of decision-making experienced

November

Midterm grades returned
Roommate challenges become more clear
Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving
Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for Thanksgiving
First series of campus-wide illness (cold, flu, strep, etc.)

December

Anxiety over preparations for finals
Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for holidays
Sadness about leaving new friendship and/or love relationships
Roommate challenges continue

January

“Fresh Start” mentality sets in with new term
Satisfaction and/or disappointment with fall term grades
Homesickness
Loneliness for love relationship back home
Relief being away from home and back at school

February

Feelings of claustrophobia and depression set in with winter
Potential increase of alcohol and other substance abuse
Challenges with love relationship back home
Valentine’s Day brings out loneliness, isolation

March

Anxiety regarding finding roommate(s) for next year
Excitement and/or disappointment regarding Spring Break plans
Midterm exam stress
Concern over summer employment
Concern over winter weight gain

April

Excitement with arrival of spring
Concern over declaring major
End of semester pressure

May

Final exam anxiety
Apprehension about returning home for summer
Sadness over leaving new friendships and/or love relationship at school
Realization of how college influences life decisions
Job search