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Self-Care as a New College Student

June 14, 2024 - 1 minute read

Taking Care of Yourself

Your well-being is important! Consider areas where you may need support before transitioning to college, during the transition, and post transition. Try making a plan now. How can you take care of yourself during this transitional period? Do you know how to do laundry, grocery shop, or make your favorite sandwich? 

This is the perfect time to start building some of those skills before or as your semester starts. You will be entering another level of responsibility and learning to be accountable for yourself. 

Start routine self-care practices now that will be manageable while in college. That can look like spending 10 minutes a day alone, exercising, drinking a certain amount of water daily, or maintaining a healthy diet.

Notice when you are not okay, do not be afraid to advocate for yourself. Some signs that you may be struggling are: 

Not feeling like yourself
Feeling down or depressed
Trouble sleeping
Changes in appetite
Feeling anxious
Dreading the day or certain activities that you used to enjoy
Withdrawing/isolating from others

The list goes on and can vary, but an essential part of taking care of yourself is knowing when to ask for help and being proactive.

Utilizing Resources 

There is support available to you. The adjustment to college can be overwhelming. It is normal to ask for help, utilize support, and build a community in which you can thrive in. Concordia University Irvine is a well-resourced campus with resources for your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and academic needs. Familiarize yourself with resources at Concordia you can use. We are here to help you transition well. Blessing to you on your journey!



Aubreea Roberson is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She has an M.A. in Counseling from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. She has experience working with college students, Veterans, the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and private practice. Aubreea has provided individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She provides culturally competent care, utilizing trauma-informed and person-centered approaches in her work with clients. She loves serving at her church, traveling, and attending concerts with friends during her free time.

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