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Whether you’re a transfer student or first-year student, adjusting to life in a new place can be challenging. Even if it’s not obvious, many students are experiencing similar feelings of homesickness and loneliness. Here are some helpful tips that can help you feel better.
While you navigate life on campus and meet new people, it’s important to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Even if your friends are attending different colleges or living in different cities, checking in and catching up can help you feel more connected. If you’re struggling, reach out to someone you trust and talk through it. Staying in contact with people we love can help us feel like we’re not alone, and it can remind us that we have people we can rely on in tough times.
We know stepping outside your comfort zone can be challenging, especially when it comes to building relationships with other people. Start small by getting to know your roommates, neighbors or classmates. Make plans to hang out in small groups, study together or spend time having fun. You can also get involved on campus by joining a student organization, signing up for an Intramural Sports league, attending events or volunteering. If you’re a new transfer student, be sure to connect with other transfer Buffs by attending transfer student events. Try experimenting with different activities and groups to find what feels like the best fit for you.
It’s also important to keep in mind that many people may be struggling right now. Being inviting and inclusive can go a long way. If it looks like someone is uncomfortable in a group, help to break the ice by getting to know them and introducing them to others. Remember that it’s okay if it takes time to build friendships. Starting small is the first step.
Coming to campus and adapting to a new class schedule may require us to change our routine. While it may be different from what you have previously experienced, establishing a daily routine can help ease anxiety and feelings of uncertainty. 
Don’t worry, you don’t need to create a minute-by-minute schedule — a rough plan will do. For instance, consider taking the same route to and from your classes, plan to have your meals around the same time each day and create a morning or nighttime routine to help you get enough sleep (7-9 hours per night). Creating a routine, no matter how small it may be, can help you feel more in control of your day.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling, you’re not alone. There are plenty of resources on campus that can help. Here are a few to check out:
Peer mentoring programs: Several colleges and schools at CU Boulder offer peer mentoring programs that provide students with the opportunity to connect with current and former students of their major. Peer mentors are available through the following programs:
Program of Exploratory Studies
Chemical and Biological Engineering
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Don’t see your program? Check with your college or school to see what programs are available. You can also contact your academic advisor to discuss specific resources available to you through your college or school.
Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC): The CUCRC provides community, support and connection for students in or seeking recovery from a wide range of harmful behaviors, including substance use, self-harm, eating disorders and more. Learn more about community meetings and peer-led programs at the CUCRC.
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