Campus Adjustment

Adjusting To College
The transformation from high school to college life can come with its expectations even before you prepare to leave home. This is usually the time, where most students are trying to figure out their sense of self. For the most part, the majority of students are excited to experience the life of a college student where they have more freedom to express their individuality and are successful at adjusting. Other students during their freshmen year that initially had this excitement after a while discover that the expectations that occurred, in the beginning, are only temporary therefore fall short in their academics. The students who experience this sort of downfall become uncomfortable, at times depressed, and insecure in this ongoing changing environment. Even the process of preparing to leave for college upon packing their bags students can experience this drift and find it difficult fully to handle the adjustment of this thrilling new life.

Every student will experience this transition in a variety of ways based on their expectations and hardships that they did not anticipate. Every change in life, whether it is college, jobs, or personal can endorse its set of stress even if it is a positive adjustment. Certainly, all changes involve some learning that each and every student must overcome to be successful in their life goals and future careers. As demanding as your first freshmen year may seem, students must remember to take a deep breath and take each step in this process as growth as this feeling is only temporary. The more you learn and experience during each course the better you will become at adjusting. The same goes with being away from home for the first time and the hardships of both your personal and financial changes.

Changes to Expect in the First Semester

During your first semester, you are likely to face some difficulty in the workload and expectations of your courses. You will find that the syllabus at the time seems manageable for that particular course, but for you, in your first semester, this may seem overwhelming as weeks go by. There are a couple of pointers to look out for when choosing your course load. First, don’t try to register your classes based on your degree evaluation or based on Rate My Professor, instead see your adviser. The reason for this is that your degree evaluation is not official, and the classes you choose may be more advanced than you are prepared.

How to Book An Appointment with your Advisor

Login to “MyWings” Portal Click Here

Click on the “Student Tab” (located at the top left corner)

Once in your Student account go to the tab section that says “My Records”, then click on “Student Self Services”.

Under “Student Self Services” click on “Advising, Tutoring and Workshop Scheduling”.

Then click on “Advising Appointments” then select your adviser.

*After you have spoken with your adviser, it is time to register the suggested courses to begin your first semester at UNF.

How to Register for Classes

Login to MyWings Portal Click Here

In your “Student Tab” goes to the section that says “Registration Tools and Resources”, then click on “Add or Drop Classes”.

Once the link opens select your term for which you want to begin your courses.

Then stroll down to your major, which will open up several course titles where you will then choose the course based on your “CRN” number given by the adviser.

*Based on the course you choose; you then will be able to see the ratings of that particular professor. This will help on your selection process and expected workload.


Lastly, when you select the course your adviser has suggested for you and after you register those courses, make sure you take a look at the Syllabus for each of your courses and compare the workload for each course Syllabus to make sure you can handle all classes combine. Adopting these steps will ensure your expectations is met for a successful semester. Remember adjusting to college is a process in balancing both your academic and personal life. You will undergo your share of increased responsibilities, financial hardships, sleep and eating changes, studying challenges, and even time management issues in your social life. However, with all these changes, you will gain a better understand of yourself that will increase that drive to succeed.