Back to School Stress

by Kyle Leahy Walsh

Are you a first time college student? Are you feeling nervous, stressed and overwhelmed? You’ve never been to college. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t know where anything is. You don’t know what your professors are going to be like. You’re not alone in what you’re feeling!

College can be stressful at times for anyone. People usually have a hard time with change and it often takes time to handle it. Students returning to college can feel pressure to secure financial aid, get their schedules fixed, find the right textbooks for their classes, meet new people, learn new software, earn good grades, etc.

Even some professors and staff can feel a little pressure or anxiety about returning to work. They have new students, new projects, and new classes to adjust to. It’s normal to feel to feel like that.

If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, don’t let it overpower you. There are many ways at FSCJ to get help. Don’t hesitate to speak with your professor, advisor or a counselor at the college. This link ( will provide you with information about how to contact an academic advisor or the Student Success office which provides many services including personal counseling.

Having Autism might make me creative, but it can also make it very hard for me to handle change. The Services for Students with Disabilities office helps students like me to not become overwhelmed by providing the support and accommodations needed to be successful at FSCJ. This link ( can help you contact the services manager at your campus.

Stress can sometimes be a good thing if you use it to motivate yourself to meet your challenges. However, too much of a good thing isn’t good for anyone. Don’t be embarrassed to get help. Remember to breathe deeply and smile because a simple thing like a smile might release your tension and relieve some of your stress.