Transition to College:
Help for Students with Emotional Concerns

Did you struggle with emotional issues prior to coming to college?  Were you already seeing a therapist back home?  If so, below are some guidelines for easing the transition to college.

  • Begin planning for the transition to college now—anticipating potential problems can go a long way towards preventing them.
  • Discuss your intention to leave for college with your therapist, primary care provider, and psychiatrist (if applicable). Formulate a plan for how you will obtain both therapy and medication while at school.
  • If you are on medication, continue to take this medication as prescribed. Keep in mind that the first semester of college may not be the best time to explore changing or stopping your medication regimen.
  • Develop a plan for managing stress while away at college. Research on-campus supports before you leave for school, and after you arrive, focus on self-care in the areas of sleep, nutrition, and exercise, all of which can impact mental health.
  • Have an action plan for what to do if your symptoms intensify or worsen while you are at school. Consider connecting with the Office of Disabilities Services (585-245-5112) for support as well as seeking treatment via Counseling Services (585-245-5716), where a counselor can meet with you to assist with a plan for your well-being.

Remember, Counseling Services is here to help!  Read more about Our Services or call us with questions at 585-245-5716.