Addressing Anxiety

June 8, 2017

 

Let’s face it, going to university is a big deal.

 

The advantages of university education are well documented, and in today’s economy there is no question that higher levels of education yield higher levels of lifetime income. This means that there is an awful lot of pressure to continue your education beyond high school.

 

None of this is a surprise. More likely than not if you’re reading this you know exactly what this pressure feels like.

 

It’s common among high school students to focus on getting that acceptance letter, and enormous amounts of effort going to reaching that goal.

 

The good news is that you have likely already been accepted to a post-secondary institution. This means that you’ve already made it over the first big hurdle.

 

One thing that surprises a number of high school students has to to with timing. The decision to apply to university typically occurs a year or even two before the actual application deadlines. For the most part, grades 11 and 12 are spent making sure your grades are good enough, that you have good recommendations, and that everything is ready to go when it comes time to apply.

 

In comparison, the time between being accepted to university and actually attending that university is short. Now you have only a few months to really get ready.

 

Since the time is short it is important that you make the best use of it.

 

Wolfgang Lehmann, writing in the Canadian Journal of higher education, notes that:

 

“The trepidations and concerns that mark expectations for university tend to be perpetuated into actual experiences at university.” (Lehmann, 2007)

 

This is a remarkable and important quote for a variety of reasons. Quite bluntly it states that students tend to live out their worst fears. This may sound a bit gloomy, but it also suggests a course of action that might be taken. If students tend to carry their fears into the first term, and those fears shape their experience of that term, then by addressing the fears their experience can be changed for the better.

 

If you go in fearful, it will be a frightening experience. However if you go in confident, then the experience will be positive.

 

The key here is to know what to expect.

 

While it’s fairly obvious that your post-secondary education will involve more classroom study, it is also much more nuanced and complex than just taking advanced classes. The majority of the students that I see in the first year are simply unprepared for the intensity of the demands on them. They are not incapable as students, they are not “too stupid” to accomplish the task (although many fear that they are), they are simply overwhelmed by the number of factors both in and beyond the classroom that come into play.

 

The Smooth Start program is designed to give you a much clearer idea of the types of things that you might expect in that first term. It digs into the kinds of detail that other programs do not. It builds upon all of your other training and preparation and augments it. It touches on aspects of the experience that take place both in and out of the classroom so that when things arise you are already prepared for them. The course offers you the opportunity to go in with less fear, and therefore to have a much more positive experience in that first year and beyond.

 

When you come to think of it, you only have one chance at succeeding in your first term. You owe it to yourself to make the most of that opportunity, and the Smooth Start program was built from the ground up to help you do exactly that.

 

For more information about what you can expect from the program, and to register at a special introductory rate, please follow this link.

 

 

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