While listening to the radio, CBC highlighted a new resource for students who are headed off to university or college this fall. This resource entitled, From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience is aimed at helping first year students adjust. Last Friday (August 16), CBC focused on the suicide prevention aspects of the guide. It’s an important read and can save a life!
Heading to College or University Can Be Scary!
We all know the first year at college or university can be an exciting and scary time for young people. They are coping with a new city, new academic demands, new friends, new living arrangements and more. Some students may think they do not need support, while others are desperate for support, but don’t or can’t access it. As a parent you may worry about how your student is coping with all the changes. Read on to learn more about resources that most campuses have available to students.
Campus Resources Available to Students
- Counselling Services – All post-secondary campuses have some form of counselling support.
- Services for Students with Disabilities/Accessible Learning – Learning services are available for students who have disabilities and can include note takers, extra time on exams and other accommodations. Disabilities range from physical, emotional or cognitive.
- Residence Staff – Each residence has staff comprised of upper year students who have received training to support your student. They live in the residence and are available at times when more structured services are not.
- Learning Services & Writing Centre – These are just two of the services that are available to all students who need help academically. Learning Services helps with skills such as studying, taking notes, taking tests, etc. The Writing Centre helps students master the art of writing papers. Depending on the school, these services may be offered together.
- Health Services/Student Wellness Centre – Students access non-emergency medical help at health services.
To access services simply go to the homepage of the college or university that your child attends and search for each service.
If you or your student needs help with the transition to post-secondary education, please contact me, Annette Poechman, by clicking on my name or making an appointment in my online calendar. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with experience helping students take the next step in their life. Listening. Guiding. Caring.