During your time at the U, take care. You may encounter:
Significant Questions about Religious or Spiritual Identity
- It is ‘developmentally normal’ to ask big questions about the tradition that you were raised in, to explore other traditions, and to seek out resources that will help you do this.
- These questions may be brought about by:
- Distance from your family, or religious tradition
- Meeting people from a religious background different than your own
- Significant loss
- Questions of meaning and purpose
- Religious Diversity
- Whether raised inside or outside a religious tradition, you will meet people who believe different things than you do
- You will also meet people inside your religious tradition that disagree about fundamental principles of the religion
Loneliness or Isolation
- You are homesick for familiar friends and places.
- Your roommate is always out with other friends.
- You miss a significant other who is at another school or elsewhere.
- You just had a fight with your family.
- You are grieving over a person or a relationship.
A Tough Time Socially
- Everyone has a date except you.
- You haven’t been recruited by anyone for anything.
- It’s the same dull routine of classes, homework, eating, and sleeping.
- You are struggling with one or more courses.
- You are embarrassed because you have never had C’s or D’s until now.
- You are confused about your major or career choice.