New Student Issues

Think back to your first few days, weeks, and months at Fleming. What were the challenges that you faced as a new student?

There are many issues that you have experienced yourself and therefore can help new students through. There are also other challenges that you may not have come up against depending on your own unique situation.

The following is a list of some of the transitional issues that new students may face. These issues will vary with each individual, as will their timing withing the semester.

As a mentor you will help your mentees navigate these challenges through sharing of personal experience(s) where applicable and appropriate and referring to resources

Common New Student Issues


  • living with roommates
  • homesickness
  • loneliness
  • living with people from other ethnic and minority groups
  • dealing with new-found freedoms
  • facing peer pressure to consume drugs and alcohol
  • facing peer pressure to conform to new ways of behaving
  • that may conflict with personal values and beliefs
  • seasonal depression (winter blues)

  • finding classrooms
  • speaking up in class and asking questions (advocacy)
  • how to use D2L and MyCampus
  • visiting instructors outside of class
  • managing heavy course demands and schedules
  • difficult classes (challenging course content)
  • understanding the registration, course withdrawal, and other academic administrative procedures
  • obtaining a tutor and/or learning support strategist
  • balancing academic and social life (time management)
  • test/presentation anxiety
  • study skills

  • coping with weight loss/gain
  • learning to control diet and alcohol consumption
  • finding time for physical exercise
  • managing stress
  • dealing with illness (cold, flu, etc.)

  • dealing with OSAP
  • budgeting
  • finding a part-time job
  • finding a summer job

  • finding friends
  • asserting oneself when personal rights are violated
  • dealing with break-ups
  • managing conflict
  • sexual orientation and/or gender identification

  • managing multiple responsibilities – home, family, and work – with school
  • feeling confident with entering academic skills
  • feeling comfortable with traditional-age students
  • finding a supportive group of peers
  • child care