Our counselors, Ms. Cynthia Sandoval and Mrs. Christie Tilley, are available to assist students in addressing problems that are hindering or could potentially hinder their academic progress. Such problems might be academic or personal in nature.
Students can meet and speak with a counselor about any problem that is or could become an obstacle to their academic success. Common problems faced by students include the following:
In short, no problem is too big or too small to our counselors. They will provide you with whatever help they can or, if necessary, refer you to others who can assist you.
Here are a few quick and simple things you can do to enhance the quality of this time and experience called college.
What is the difference between counseling and advising?
Will what I tell the counselor be treated with confidentiality?
Making an Appointment
The First Appointment
College life can be very stressful. In addition to the course work, you probably have a number of other obligations and activities that take up your time. There are, however, a few things you can do to make life less stressful.
If these suggestions do no bring you relief from your stress, go to Student Engagement (above the bookstore), Room W206, to see a counselor or schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
College is a unique experience, and not all persons get to experience college. It is a period in your life where you have more choices, possibly more free time, and a wider range of activities. There is probably no period in your life where more significant changes will occur. Some of your relationships will change, and you will establish new relationships.
It is important to keep in touch with your family. College is a transition period during which you will develop new patterns for your life and evaluate the patterns that you have learned from your family. Developing new interests and life patterns, learning more about your world, and spending most of your time with your studies, may cause you to spend less time interacting with your family. You may find it helpful to find ways to ritualize your contacts with your family, such as calling at a certain time of the week or day. If you live away from your family decide on the number of visits that you will make to your home environment during each semester. If you live with your family, schedule times for family activities and for family conversations. Share your college experiences during these times and communicate any changes that are taking place in your life. Some of your family members may not accept the changes, but it is important for you to share with your family and to listen to what is changing in your family members= lives.
Set aside time to develop new and meaningful relationships in college. In college most people develop a series of acquaintances, friendships, and loving relationships. Take time to focus on these relationships, knowing that you will grow into some relationships in college and grow out of some of them. Work to make relationships a healthy and positive part of your college life. Counselors are available to help you define healthy aspects of relating and ways to improve your communication skills.
To make an appointment with a counselor come by the Student Services Office, located in Room W206 above the Bookstore or call 318.767.2604. The Division of Student Engagement is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Time management helps you become more organized in your academic and social life. By keeping track of your time, you will have a more responsible approach toward your activities. The purpose of time management is not only to be a good student, but also to have a life! Your time management schedule should be adjusted according to your weekly or monthly work load, social activities, meetings, and exercise plans.