Preparing Our Students for College

 

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Recently, the JED Foundation, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and The Jordan Porco Foundation released the results from a study showing how young adults transition from high school to college. Many challenges arise at this tough time that can greatly affect how your future plays out. If we, as healthcare providers, know what these challenges are, we can help intervene!

The Harris Poll of 1,502 U.S. first-year college students found that emotional preparedness- which is defined by the ability to take care of oneself, adapt to new environments, control negative emotions or behavior, and build positive relationships– plays a major role in students’ success during their first year of college. Students who are less emotionally prepared for college were more likely to have a lower GPA and label their college experience as terrible or poor. 60% of the students wish they had more help with their emotional preparedness for college.

One of the major issues is that the support they wish they had was not there. 51% of the students said they found it difficult to get emotional support at college. So where do these students look for support when they need it?

76% turn to their friends for support

64% turn to their family for support

24% turn to the university staff for support

While some students are seeking support, 65% of first year college students say they tend to internalize these feelings about such challenges. Here at SOVA, we are determined to figure out a way to bring this percentage down. Our goal, via technology, is to provide another mode of support. Creating a safe and anonymous environment online, can give adolescents a way to out their challenges without feeling embarrassed. An online support community can also be extremely accessible at all times, unlike most of the other support systems.

 

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