Mental Wellness Taskforce- Feature of the Month

Problem Solving: Knowing When to Ask For Help

Everyone experiences challenges and obstacles in life. College is part of that journey.

Struggling is a natural part of the college experience. Consider the story of one student—whom we’ll call Jason - who was having difficulty understanding the material and completing assignments in class. He finally came to the realization that this situation was not going to resolve itself on its own. Jason saw the options before him: either drop the class and change his major, or seek help with resources available to him. Some of his friends had dropped classes and the temptation was great; he was so overwhelmed. In the end, he chose to pursue guidance to help him navigate this challenging time and make an informed decision.

Students can acquire the capacity to handle tough situations. They just need to understand where to find the right resources.

Jason approached his academic advisor for guidance. According to Senior Academic Advisor, T.R. Oneal, “Purdue advisors are here to guide the student not only along their academic path, but life path as well.” According to Oneal, there are many resources on campus to help students, but they frequently are unaware of what’s out there. “Academic advisors are there to bring these resources to their attention,” said Oneal. “I know of cases where advisors have even walked students to a resource. They truly have their students’ best interest in mind.” Oneal commented that class selection is just a small part of an advisor’s job.

Resolution starts with asking for help. Learning to do this is a critical life skill.

Jason received great advice from his advisor, who took the time to listen to his concerns and offer guidance. After learning more about his resources and their accessibility, Jason was more comfortable gathering information and making an informed decision to resolve his issue – which in this case, was to stay in his class. He realized that there are options available to him, and by asking for help, he could pursue his goal.

Reinforce with your student that an advisor, resident assistant, or professor is a good place to start in finding resolutions. They are eager to help students find success at Purdue!

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