Going to college and living away from home for the first time is a living and learning experience. Adjusting to college life away from home is the first step in understanding how to live and face challenges on a daily basis. But it's not always that easy. You will probably meet people who you don't like but then again you'll probably meet some of your best friends for years to come as well.

The number of first year that drop out of college is very high in Ireland. There a number of reasons for this but adjustment to the college lifestyle is one of them. If you're feeling that adjusting to college is difficult then the statistics say that you are not the only one. Homesickness is quite a common amoung many first year students. Depending on your situation, you may have been away from home for just long enough that it suddenly seems worthy of missing.

Another thing your peers might not admit: they, too, feel like they're having trouble finding a social niche, and perhaps are working over-time to project the "I've got lots of friends" image or the "I'm too cool to care" stance. Finding your niche and making good friends takes time.

Here are just a few tips to help you adjust:
  • Try using a planner to help you stay organised.
  • Attend all your classes.
  • Introduce yourself to your lecturers.
  • Get involved and try to include time for extracurricular activities, it's a great way to meet people, looks good on your CV and helps with stress.
  • Introduce yourself to your class mates.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Remember home is only a phone call away.
  • Look on the bright side, a positive attitude keeps the stress levels low.

If you have questions, always know that there are many people that can help, you might start with your college services or your Students' Union. Remember: you are not alone.