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Academic Concerns
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ACADEMIC CONCERNS
“My mother suffers from a severe mental illness.
When her worst symptoms manifested during my
junior year, I was in despair, and it was very
difficult to concentrate on schoolwork, because my
family was falling apart. I just want all faculty
members to keep in mind that every student is
fighting his/her own battle and to try and be
compassionate and flexible when a student
approaches you for help.”
—Anonymous
“When I felt uncomfortable directly suggesting CAPS to one
of my students, I decided to list CAPS as one resource to
students in a longer list of resources on campus. I told the
student that we have a number of great offices that can help
him/her succeed, including the Writing Center, the Office of
Disability Services, and CAPS. Then I explained how each one
worked--not only did it make it easier for me to give my
student a direct but gentle referral, but it also made that
student aware of more resources!”
- Alyse Knorr, English TA, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, George
Mason University