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mindful growth: finding your path in college

August 17, 2023

Beginning college is an exciting and life-changing chapter. It’s a period of fresh starts, personal development, and discovering oneself. However, as you embark on this journey, it is important to know that there is no one-size-fits-all path to success. Everyone has their own story that is just waiting to be told, and finding your own path calls for self-reflection, trial and error, and sometimes even, a helping hand. Here are a few tips to support you in this transition:

Finding a New Normal:  The transition to college is a big one that can be filled with many ups and downs. Allow yourself to experience excitement, nervousness, or homesickness; as it is all completely normal.  In times of transition, establishing a routine can offer stability and structure. Create a balanced daily routine that allots time for studying, taking care of yourself, hanging out with friends, and engaging in hobbies. This might help alleviate overwhelming feelings by giving a sense of familiarity and control. Participate in campus activities, clubs, and orientation events to meet new people and establish connections that can help to provide a sense of belonging and support during this transition.

Accept Your Individuality: College offers the opportunity to explore and express your true self. For many of us, this may be the  first time away from home and in a new environment. While this newness may be intimidating at first, it is a fresh start in defining yourself and the person you’ve always wanted to be. Spend some time reflecting on your hobbies, values, and passions. What genuinely sparks your enthusiasm? What are some things you are curious about? Reflect internally on your true self and let it direct your decision-making when it comes to your academic interests, extracurricular activities, and career goals. It’s important to remember that everyone’s journey is unique, and comparing yourself to others is often unfair and unproductive. Instead, focus on your own progress, set realistic goals, and celebrate your achievements based on your individual growth and values.

Academic-Personal Life Balance: Balancing academic responsibilities with personal life can feel overwhelming and stressful. However, by implementing effective strategies and seeking support when needed, it is possible to achieve a healthy balance. Setting attainable goals can help lessen the stress and overwhelm you might be feeling. We suggest breaking down more difficult tasks into smaller, tangible steps that can allow even the largest of goals to feel more manageable. Also, time blocking in your calendar of when you want to accomplish certain tasks is a helpful strategy in finding balance and ensuring that you make the time for your many priorities.

Self- Care: Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally will enhance your ability to cope with academic demands and personal challenges. While college has so much to offer, it can feel overwhelming and exhausting, often leading to feelings of burnout.  Setting aside time for you, including finding time to rest and rejuvenate is essential in adjusting to this transition.

At Manhattan Wellness, we understand that the transition to college is an exciting time filled with so much opportunity. But, we also know that with change comes a lot of uncertainty, which can be intimidating and stressful. We are here to support you in finding your path and feeling confident as you take on this new chapter.


We understand that navigating college in Manhattan can come with many emotions and feelings behind it. This is why our Manhattan therapists offer a range of counseling services. The mental health services we offer are Depression Therapy, Anxiety Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Therapy for Self-Esteem and more.

Are you feeling like you’re not living the life you want and need to make changes? Let’s talk about it.

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