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General Concerns
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“Sometimes when we express concern for a student and offer
help, their response is “thanks, but no thanks.” If I continue
to be concerned, I might try the tact of "OK, I know you don't
think it matters for you, but others around you are seeing
things that make us very worried and we would very much
like for you to see someone who could help. Out of respect for
your friends and faculty and people who care, would you
commit to doing this? We'll make the appointment together
right now". If the concerns about the student are significant, I
would tell the student that it's essential that we know
she/he's ok to remain as part of the campus community; that
we need to know she/he has the resources she/he needs to
be safe and well.”
- Marion Anne Ward, Director of the Mary Baldwin College Center at Blue
Ridge Community College
“I see reasons to worry about students in many cases. Those
who are performing beautifully -- and at the highest levels of
achievement -- are often the ones who are working the
hardest to fill a psychological need or to find affirmation and
approval. I've learned to ask the simple but meaningful
questions of these students: How are you doing, really? How
much stress are you feeling? Would it be helpful to you to
talk about finding ways for you to enjoy your spare time
more? Of course, those who are underperforming, or barely
hanging on, are easy. You know there's something