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Non-Traditional Student Challenges

Not all students are "traditional." You might be non-traditional because of your age (usually outside of the traditional college age range of 18-22) but also because of life circumstances different from the typical college student. You might be an individual who is a single parent, veteran, employed full-time, returning to school after working, and/or completing a second degree.

Non-traditional students can experience distress just like typical students. In fact, your stress may sometimes be more intense given your greater responsibilities and adjustments. Even if other people in your life are supportive, they may not totally "get" what you are experiencing. You may be one of the few or only people you know well who is in college right now. In addition, being in classes with mostly typical college students could feel isolating.

Here are some indicators that you may be struggling with the transition to your new role as a student:

While non-traditional students are often highly resilient, you may experience low self-esteem, depression and/or anxiety. Feeling this way is a natural reaction to stress. There are ways you can engage in self-help to reduce your stress, including:

A more exhaustive list can be found at Feel Better Now.

If you identify with these or any other concerns, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment.