College Adjustment

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It is a known fact that getting a college degree increases one’s chance of having a better life. That is why everyone is more than eager to graduate in college despite of the many hurdles. Colleges and universities play a big role. In order to improve graduation rates, increased attention must be given to the retention of college freshmen. There is also a need to identify the adjustment difficulties of students. Identifying the adjustment difficulties of college freshmen is justifiable, yet, it must not stop in simple identification. Gaining deeper understanding of adjustment difficulties is necessary especially with reference to sex differences and age. Understanding the adjustment difficulties of college freshmen with the hope of retaining them may seem complex. This is especially so when there is no basis for its understanding. Therefore knowing the possible variables connected with retention is necessary. In line with this it is asserted that “several variables have been linked to retention including academic achievement, connection to college community, and the ability to adjust to college life”. Going to specifics, different changes are happening in the lives of college freshmen. “The first few weeks of college for freshmen students can be a wonderful passage as they find new friends, acquire new knowledge and grow as young people. However, this transition can also be a distressful, confusing, and puzzling experience”. This is may be attributed to the reality that many transitions are simultaneously required when attending college or university. Adjusting to college life requires the overcoming of several concerns, these concerns include: academic adjustment, social adjustment, personal-emotional adjustment, and attachment to the institution. Generally, the transition from high school to college is a stressful experience because it is considered to be “a major transition in a young adult’s life”. Despite being a stressful experience, it is still an...
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