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Academic Concerns
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Some students arrive on college campuses with interpersonal
skills honed in a less stressful environment where less is
expected of them and more support is available, or where
they have not been allowed to act independently. Students
may be used to operating in a smaller academic community,
where it is easier to access needed information, parental
figures are available to help and much more of their life is
structured for them. When faced with greater challenges in a
larger community, students may find that they are
overwhelmed and lack necessary skills to adroitly negotiate
college situations.
It is important to be aware of your own tolerance level and
what you can offer the student on any particular day and
time. If you are relatively free from other responsibilities at
the moment, you may feel more able to respond. On the
other hand, if the same student has returned for help day
after day, or, for whatever reason your own stress level is
high, it might be advantageous to ask a colleague for help.
With the help of a colleague it can sometimes be easier to
set boundaries, to check lists of resources, to get another
opinion on the level of the student’s distress, and to not
carry the burden of a student whose needs are expressed in
demanding or time-consuming ways.
Developing a plan that will help the student acquire
necessary skills may involve a variety of helpers, from
academic, counseling, and other student services.