That’s the line that encapsulates the “college scourge” Frank Bruni wrote about recently in The New York Times. I have to agree, of course. (I mean, who would disagree with @FrankBruni!?)
Moving to college means you get plopped down into a new life with no connections and no idea what you are doing for the better part of a year, if you are lucky. Combined with the constant refrain that college ought to be the best time of your life and surrounded by carefully curated digital images of friends’ lives, the going can definitely be rough. For many if not most students, it is the most difficult thing they have done to date in their young lives.
Here are some things students can do about it:
For many years, as a dean at three Ivy League colleges and now as an AVP at a university with an extraordinary mission, I have had a front row seat to the obstacles to success that college students and their parents confront every year. Even at so-called elite, highly selective colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, where I spent some of my career, students struggle on a daily basis to remain healthy, happy, grounded, and to stay in school. I am dedicated to helping them.