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Foundations for Supporting Students
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“For some students, writing about their issues helps. Talk to
your student about this and ask him/her how s/he might use
writing or journaling as a strategy in managing the stress or
other negative emotions.”
- Alyse Knorr, English TA, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, George
Mason University
“Our students sometimes need our support in making choices
about what not to do, or about what to stop doing. Living a
life in balance is possible as students learn to prioritize their
involvements and commitments, to better align how they
spend their time with their personal values and life
goals. And it never hurts to remind them that no one can do
ALL things, with 100% effort, 100% of the time!”
- Virginia Ambler, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, William & Mary
When students perceive that a situation, event, or problem
exceeds their resources or abilities, their body reacts
automatically with the “fight or flight” response. If this
response persists over time or results from a sudden
significant change, it can lead to imbalance and health
problems such as heart palpitations, insomnia, eating
disorders, fatigue, panic disorders and feelings of
hopelessness or depression.