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Thanksgiving milestone for freshmen may include doubts that are part of normal pattern of adjustment

November 14, 2009

Homesickness, roommate conflicts, academic pressures, difficulty forming new friendships - any of these can cause college freshmen to leap to the conclusion that they've chosen the wrong school and that transferring to another is the answer.

Some students hit their stride from the start, but for others, finding their niche can take time, especially amid the unbridled freedom and independence of the freshman year.

For most students, these doubts are a normal part of the pattern of adjustment – college administrators call it the "I'm miserable and need to transfer ... oh, nevermind" phenomenon.

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