Spring semester anxiety

<p>I'm a freshman about to start my second semester of school a week from now and i'm starting to feel really anxious and a scared. I know it's normal to be a little on edge but i've been having a hard time sleeping at night and most of my days go by where I keep thinking that I might do terribly this semester with all my classes (possibly fail or barely pass). </p>

<p>I managed to do well my very first semester but because of that I am taking a much tougher course load this semester and I don't know if i'm up for it or if I can do as well as I did my previous semester.
I won't even be able to drop a class if needed because that will make me a part time student. I keep thinking I should pre-study this last week and get a head start on anything but it's been hard to motivate myself because of the anxiousness. </p>

<p>I know this isn't normal and getting worried won't fix anything but am I the only one feeling this way? Any other students feeling a little worried about the semester to come? I'd be glad to know how you guys deal with this. =]</p>

<p>I was too, but when my classes started I felt better. What you don't realize is that you've grown as a student this last semester, even if it doesn't seem like it. So while it may be a harder course load than your first semester, you are better prepared for it than you were your first semester. Hang in there, and once you get into your new classes you won't have time to worry about it anymore.</p>

<p>I used to feel the same way about returning to school. At the beginning of a new semester, I always missed the routine of the previous semester, thinking it was so much easier/better. But my fears always turned out to be unjustified. Like TwistedxKiss said, you are probably more prepared for the tougher courseload than you think. You've already survived the first semester, so at least you know what a college workload is like. Maybe the material is a little harder this time, but what's the use in never challenging yourself? You may continue to feel the same way when the semester starts, but you'll settle into your new routine pretty quickly. I think it's the anticipation of a new semester that brings more anxieties than the semester itself. </p>

<p>Just keep calm and try to think about all the pros of returning to school - new material that you're (hopefully) interested in, new classmates and professors, the chance to see your friends again, etc. Besides, I think for most people, it's impossible to fail if you put in a decent amount of effort into understanding the material. Even if the classes do end up being very hard, you probably won't be alone. There are always resources, such as peer tutoring, study groups, office hours, etc.</p>

<p>For me, fall semester of freshman year was much harder because I didn't know anyone, didn't know my way around campus, and was questioning whether I made the right choice of school. Plus there was getting used to dorm life.</p>

<p>I also took a more difficult load of courses second semester, but it seemed so much easier in comparison because I had made quite few friends first semester, knew most of the guys on my floor, and generally knew what to expect and how to better manage my time. Because the transition shouldn't be as stressful as when you were new to all this, you should have more time to devote to studying and coursework.</p>

<p>Thanks for the comforting posts guys, it makes me feel a lot better hearing some positive things from others. =]</p>

<p>I've been questioned about my own ability to handle the course from my adviser, so i've been second guessing myself a lot but your posts helped me get some perspective.</p>

<p>Go in with a positive attitude....</p>

<p>If it seems to overwhelming at the end of the first week, don't be afraid to change your schedule. You may find you can handle your schedule...if not, there's no shame in dropping a class to make things more manageable.</p>

<p>Yeah, I hope I can do that.
Since i'm taking 15 credits, dropping my Calc class would put me at 11 credits which would cause some problems and I could fall behind with my major if I drop any of the sciences.
Still I will plan to go in and give it my best, after all what more could a person do.
Thanks =]</p>