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Are you ready for college life?

Marketing and Communication // 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”


  1. 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.
  2. 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 experience.
  3. 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.


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):

  • Depression
  • 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:


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.