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Traumatic Experiences
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TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES
“Over winter break I was raped by an
acquaintance. I am finding it difficult to share this
with my friends, because I do not want to be
associated with the ‘victim’ stigma. I am an
intelligent, strong, compassionate young woman
who fell victim to a heinous crime. I feel that if I tell
others, they will judge me. This is really affecting
my academics now. I’m not sure what I should do.”
—Anonymous
THE STUDENT WHO IS EXPERIENCING A FAMILY CRISIS
Studying far away from family can be stressful for some
students. This stress is compounded when a family
encounters a crisis. Crises can include divorce, death, the loss
of a job, financial hardship, physical and mental illness, legal
trouble or anything that disrupts a family’s normal
functioning. Academic performance can easily suffer when a
student’s attention is divided between responsibilities to
family and school.
What constitutes a “family” for many students may not fit
the Western European/North American nuclear ideal. Many
cultures define “family” more broadly than one’s immediate