The ability of students' social supports, such as friends from high school and family, to effectively lessen stress often wanes during students' transitions to postsecondary institutions (Ensel and Lin, 1991; Moss, 1973; Schutt, Tatjana and Rierdan, 1994; Thoits, 1995). It's easy to intuit why this happens-During this major life change, most students add miles between themselves and people they have relied on for 18 years, break up with their significant others and promise to email the best friends they were used to seeing after school each day. College, most often the best years of a student's life, at its first bloom (choosing a school) carries with it with high anxiety about changing location, routine and study habits; separation from friends; the learning environment; managing finances; and much more.
Hicks, Terence and Miller, Eboni, "College Life Styles, Life Stressors and Health Status: Differences Along Gender Lines" (2006). Faculty Working Papers from the School of Education. Paper 4.