Are you a stressed-out college student, struggling to succeed?

Or an overwhelmed parent who is not sure how to help?

 

If so, you’re in the right place!

For the past decade, I’ve served as a university lecturer and adjunct professor.  My time in the classroom has made it quite clear there’s an epidemic infecting college and university campuses.  It’s not binge drinking or academic dishonesty.  It’s stress.

An epidemic of stressed-out students

For many students and their families, college is the ticket to a high-paying, prestigious career.  Thus, the pressure quickly mounts as students try to maintain a high GPA, participate in internships, collaborate with faculty on research, work part-time (some full-time), and have a social life — all with student loan debt looming over their heads.

Students feel they have to constantly hustle in order to succeed, even if that means all-nighters, chugging energy drinks, abusing Adderall, and cheating on assignments. Taking care of their emotional and physical health typically doesn’t make the cut in their jam-packed schedules.

The kids are not alright

It should not surprise us that students are stressed, anxious, depressed, and unhappy.  The Chronicle of Higher Education has called this trend an “epidemic of anguish.”

Consider the following scary statistics:

These statistics are deeply troubling and indicate many students are struggling.

“Finding the joy in learning is impossible when you are overwhelmed and chronically stressed.”

 

Helping students succeed

But it’s not simply students who need help. Parents and other family members are partners in their student’s college experience, and this includes their mental health. However, many families lack the skills and knowledge to support their students in productive ways, especially when behavioral health issues arise.

As the parent of a college student, you are walking a precarious tightrope, trying to balance being nurturing with encouraging responsibility and independence.  When your child is struggling, you want to help but perhaps you’re not sure how to be supportive.

I’m here to help!

Together, we will navigate the often bumpy road leading from freshman year to graduation.  We’ll build a toolbox of skills, resources, and strategies that will address common “pain points” that can interfere with a student’s success, including:

  • Successfully transitioning to college
  • Managing stress in healthy ways
  • Practicing self-care for mind and body
  • Balancing academics with other competing demands
  • Understanding the “quarter-life crisis”
  • Getting help on and off campus
  • Improving communication between student and family

Ready to get started? Check out my blog, resources page, and social media accounts for helpful, practical advice to make the most out of college.