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A month in to school, hardest time of year for college freshman

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It's been nearly a month since college students headed back to school, and this is the time of year freshman can run into some major trouble.

For new students, adjusting to the college life and keeping their grades up at the same time, can be a challenge.

Officials at Quincy University say it's right around this time that college freshman get put to the test not only socially, but in the classroom.

And for some students juggling all the new changes can be a lot to handle in such a short amount of time.

For some college freshman hitting the books, is a lot easier said than done.

But Dr. Tiffany Nolan the Quincy University's Vice President for Student Affairs says, doing just that is more important now than any other time of the school year.

"We're about four weeks into the semester now, so you'll find that a lot of students, their first major paper might be due, their first test is coming up, so there's a lot of that academic high stakes stuff is happening right now," said Nolan.

Nolan says in addition to their studies, freshman also have to discipline themselves when it comes to sleeping, eating, and exercising right.

Some students say juggling all that can be quite a task.

"My procrastination and me just wanting to lay in bed all day, that's my biggest problem right now, because I'll be like do I really want to do my homework or can I just lay here for 30 more minutes," said QU Freshman Dominique Lloyd.

"Just having so much free time I feel like I'm never going to do my homework because I have so much I can do," said QU Freshman Tayler Ruppel.

Nolan says to help students get acclimated, QU is making sure freshman in particular get the help they need.

"All of our freshman have some sort of peer reaching out to them, whether it's our commuter students through our commuter student assistant our resident assistants, we also have a mentor program for first year students," said Nolan. 

It's extra help Freshman Michael Carpenter says kept him on the right track.

"The mentor just kind of say hey I'm here, if you need any help with anything I could send him a text and say hey what's your opinion on this, what should I do, it was just a nice helping hand," said Carpenter.

For parents, Nolan says a good way to help your child stay on track is to sit down with them, and help them create a schedule to do their homework.

She also says encouraging your child to talk to their teacher or academic advisor can also be helpful.

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