Nobody ever said going to college was easy; it’s expensive, time consuming, and mentally taxing. Maybe that’s the reason that, in 2014, nearly 41% of the students who started their freshman year at a 4-year university ended up dropping out before graduation. While there are certainly other factors that can and will bother today’s college students, here are 25 Student Frustrations That You Probably Never Thought About, as well as some handy tricks that might help to deal with them.
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So you’ve already payed for your tuition, dorm, and stocked your pantry with enough bargain noodles to get you through the year? Well here’s a $200 textbook that you’ll use once but is still required for your course. There’s not actually a lot you can do to avoid this one, but if you take good care of your books, you may be able to sell them back at the end of the semester.
Homesickness is common among new college students. If you are attending an out of state university, then there is the possibility you may not see your family and friends back home more than once or twice in a year. Before you leave for school, be sure to pack some mementos so you won’t feel too lonely while you’re away. And for Pete’s sake, call your mother every once in a while; she’s probably worried sick about you.
Most people, by the time they’re in college, have at least a general idea of what they would like to do with their life. This can make prerequisite courses all the more frustrating because no sensible student wants to be forced into taking calculus 3 while working towards their film major, no matter how useful it will be in the long run.
Moving to a new home is hard enough as it is, but sharing a tiny living space with someone you have just met always has a chance to cause a little tension. Luckily, most colleges will have ways of matching you with people that share your interests, but there is always a chance that you’ll get stuck with someone you can’t stand. If you can, try to reach out to your roommates and make friends before the semester begins. If you just don’t see things working out, there are usually ways for you to request a switch.