First year of col­lege a hot­bed of prob­lems, from food to friends

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By WANG KEJU wangkeju@chi­nadaily.com.cn

More than 70 per­cent of col­lege fresh­men en­counter prob­lems adapt­ing to a new en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­search re­port.

A MyCOS Re­search In­sti­tute sur­vey of 90,000 stu­dents na­tion­wide who started their univer­sity stud­ies in 2015 and 2016 found that they of­ten had prob­lems re­lated to study­ing, daily life, spend­ing and re­la­tion­ships.

Fifty-one per­cent men­tioned study­ing as a prob­lem, while 90 per­cent said they had trouble forg­ing friend­ships with the mem­bers of the op­po­site sex.

Ma Yan, an expert from MyCOS, said those born in the 1990s and 2000s pre­fer self-ex­pres­sion rather than mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and tol­er­ance, which leads to a prob­lem in find­ing friends of the op­po­site sex.

Zhang Mingbo, who has stud­ied French at He­bei Univer­sity since 2015, said there are 20 stu­dents in his class, and only four of them are men. But even though he is sur­rounded by women, he is still sin­gle.

“I don’t have much hope of find­ing a girl­friend be­fore Sin­gles Day on Nov 11. Maybe next year I will be lucky,” he said.

The re­search also found gen­der dif­fer­ences in in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. Fe­male stu­dents find it dif­fi­cult to get along with their fe­male room­mates, while male stu­dents also strug­gle to get along with fe­males.

Hao Lanzhi, who en­rolled at Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­sity of China last year, once lived in a four-per­son dorm but moved out after the first se­mes­ter. She said the ten­sion at dorm was unbearable.

“Girls are way too sen­si­tive. You never know what harm­less joke you tell that will evoke a cold war. It’s too much pres­sure and too ex­haust­ing,” she said.

The re­search also found that can­teen food, liv­ing con­di­tions and home­sick­ness ranked high on fresh­men’s lists of day-to-day prob­lems.

Fe­male stu­dents are more likely to feel home­sick, while male stu­dents are more likely to es­cape into games on their com­put­ers and mo­bile phones.

Hu Deng, di­rec­tor of the Ren­min Univer­sity of China’s men­tal health ed­u­ca­tion and coun­sel­ing cen­ter, said it’s nor­mal that stu­dents go through dif­fi­cul­ties adapt­ing be­cause of the dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment, learn­ing meth­ods, re­la­tion­ships and other fac­tors.

“Stu­dents should de­velop new life habits as early as pos­si­ble and try to join more school clubs to bet­ter adapt,” he said.

Ur­ban-ru­ral dif­fer­ences were also re­vealed in the re­search. Stu­dents from ru­ral ar­eas were more likely to have prob­lems adapt­ing than stu­dents from ur­ban ar­eas.

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