NCC Online: Mental Health & Diminishing Resources
This installment of NCC Online focuses on the current state of mental health services at community colleges and explores strategies for supporting students with student affairs and health education practitioners. As open access institutions, community colleges must be able to serve a wide range of students and provide support for their success, both academically and personally. Join us as we discuss strategies to do so, even amid budget cuts and uncertain funding.
One of the students that I mentor graduated this past May and entered a graduate program this fall. We had a brief conversation about transitioning from an undergraduate student to a graduate student and embarking on the journey to become a student affairs professional. During our conversation, she mentioned her uncertainty, or fear I should say, of feeling like everyone would think she was a fake and not having any knowledge of what she would be doing.
The Perfect Fit – How did I get here?
Six months ago, I started a new adventure into full-time business ownership. The first two, I spent thoughtfully contemplating who I am, who I am not and what I want for this next stage in my career. For as confident as I was about the decision to leave my full-time position in higher education and career development, I was afraid of the change that needed to be made. So how did I get here?
Practicing and the Past
If graduate programs in higher education and student affairs really wanted students to reflect, I’d highly recommend a cross-country road trip. (I want to recognize that there’s serious economic and citizenship privilege in that statement). After completing an ACUHO-I Internship in the Pacific Northwest, I drove the entire way back to UConn, stopping to visit my parents and continuing along the rest of the way to Connecticut. During my solo drive I had the space to reflect (while still safely operating a motor vehicle) about my experience over the summer, and broadly on my experiences over the last few years within higher education.
Finding Joy in the Chaos
It is hard to always be “on” for meetings and events or to not become drained by the student crying in your office or the twentieth person who tells you they NEED a single room. How do you find joy in your job when your work seems to be driven by chaos all the time?
Leading nationally with the Four “I"s
National Search for a chair-elect for the Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community.