How to Turn Social Networking Into Social Support While in College

How to Turn Social Networking Into Social Support While in College
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    One of the best ways of combating feelings of distress and depression is to build yourself a good network of supportive friends and people who are interested in the same things as you are.

    Social Networking is something which millions of people use every day and just because you may have moved to a different area to go to the college of your choice, doesn’t mean that you need to forget about friends and family back home.

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Making a decision to go to college is a huge and important reminder that you are about to make a difference to your future – from now on, you will be responsible for you and while of course we hope that the family will be supportive, at the end of the day you are pretty much going to have to take care of yourself and ‘grow up’.

Feelings and stresses

When you decide to go to college you will have various feelings coursing through your system, including some (or all) of the following:

  • Excitement – life will be fresh and interesting and you’ll meet lots of new people
  • Fear about finances and whether you will be able to manage your money
  • Fear about being lonely
  • Doubts and insecurities as to whether you are doing the right thing to make the best possible future

These feeling are all normal and felt by most people who make a major transition in their lives. Of course, some people manage all these stressors perfectly well but it would be unkind to not tell you that some students do struggle.

What can I do when I feel worried or stressed?

One of the best ways of combating feelings of distress and depression is to build yourself a good network of supportive friends and people who are interested in the same things as you are. Social Networking is something which millions of people use every day and just because you may have moved to a different area to go to the college of your choice, doesn’t mean that you need to forget about friends and family back home.

The True Reasons College Students Use Social Media

Your friends and family will worry about you and this in turn may make you think that you don’t want to cause them any upset and so you decide to tell them that you’re doing ‘just fine’ when you really aren’t.

But if you don’t want to worry people back home, it’s essential that you find someone nearby to talk to – someone who will understand and be able to point you in the right direction should medical assistance become necessary.

When Social Media can become the enemy

When we had a grievance or argument in the past then we would call someone or write them a letter, but with the popularity of Social Media, your instinct is to respond immediately and often before the consequences have been thought about.

This can work in two ways:

  1. You get upset by something which has been said on Facebook and you respond with a negative comment. This may be just before you realize they weren’t talking about you or the comment was said ‘tongue in cheek’ and expected to make you laugh.
  2. Someone doesn’t reply to you immediately and you automatically think that you’ve done something wrong. It could be that they were busy at that particular moment, or driving.

Always think before you hit that ‘send’ button – does my comment make sense and will it be understood in the way in which I mean it’? And if someone doesn’t respond straight away, give them a chance before you start fretting and worrying.

Keep this advice in mind and you will have the necessary support in social media and real life to help you overcome the stress of college life.

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