Letter to the Struggling College Student

Dear reader, 

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. You aren’t alone and you never will be. 

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You’re feeling stressed, and possibly feeling like you’re letting yourself and others down. College is the ground you walk on and it’s disgentrating beneath your feet. You think everyone is judging you and your failures, your parents, your peers, friends and even yourself. You may think this is the tipping point in your college relationship, and you’re ready to bundle up in your blankets and let your pillow soak up your tears. Take a breath, it’s okay to feel one of these things or all of them. 



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You may be behind on your school work and have the possibility of not moving up a classification or even graduating on time. Sometimes we are pushed and things are piled on to our plate more than you can hold at once. You may be confused what the heck your future is going to look like? The swinging sword of graduate school and all of its lengthy requirements could be looming over your head, and you don’t know what to do to get away from it. There’s a chance you're thinking about changing your major. You’re possibly even sleep deprived. You keep pushing yourself and pushing yourself to not take any time for yourself, or skip a class just to sleep. The stressful situations just seem to be never ending and never want to go away. 


Even though things seem crazy,everything you’re feeling is okay and perfectly normal. There’s just one thing you need to know: 


You’re amazing and you’re doing amazing. Everyone in college struggled at one point or another. No one has been in the situations you are in right now. You are surviving a pandemic, that’s an accomplishment in itself. Don’t worry about anyone else, you are going at the pace you need right now. Make the decisions that are right for you, without anyone else’s opinion. You can be ahead or you may be behind. You are doing what’s best for you. Don’t the feeling of being left behind affect how much you allow on your plate. You can cry, and you can have a breakdown if you need to. When you finish, pick yourself up and get back to it. You are stronger than you think and you can handle more than you think. 


Just remember, as long as you are doing the best that you possibly can in your stressful college years, then you are already on the right track for your own success.



Another struggling college student