There is a seasonal ebb and flow when it comes to student issues.
Here are a few things your student may be experiencing as the end of the semester nears. Observe and listen to your student – there may be something on his or her mind.
Lack of initiative or worry about finding new friends or activities because it seems social groups and organizations are already set up (note: many opportunities still exist!)
Conflicts between roommates or friends as students settle into rhythm of the academic year
Excitement or anxiety about returning home for Thanksgiving or semester break; concerns about seeing changes among old friends, how things will be with family members, or dealing with a romantic relationship
The realization that some friends may not be returning next semester
Diversity issues as students begin interacting more with others who are very different from them
First-year students realizing academics are more difficult than they were in high school
Academic pressure due to procrastination; panic and cramming as exams and paper deadlines approach
Anticipating final exams and questioning their abilities
Short temper as stress mounts
Increased use of alcohol and drugs; problems from increased alcohol consumption
Religious/political conflicts as your student gets ready to return home after a semester of gaining different perspectives
Financial strain due to travel costs and holiday gifts