An important part of collegiate success is setting specific and attainable goals, a university counseling intern said Thursday.
University Counseling Services hosted part one of its Mental Health Series on “Making the Grade” Thursday. Counseling intern Collin O’Leary led the interactive workshop.
Students need to match their behaviors with their goals, O’Leary said.
“Determining those goals is one, great for our mental health and two, really important to our academic success,” O’Leary said.
Avery, a junior who attended the event, said she believes determination and adaptability are essential for success. O’Leary agreed.
“That is one of the things we find that makes most students successful,” O’Leary said. “They’re students who are resilient and able to roll with the punches that come about in college life.”
O’Leary said it’s especially essential to consider your values when setting goals.
“Values determine our goals a lot,” O’Leary said. “Very few of us are likely to choose goals that aren’t consistent with our values.”
O’Leary used one of his own values as an example. Since he values being close to his family, then applying for a job in Australia would go against that. He said he is less likely to achieve that goal because he “doesn’t have a value that is pushing him to do that goal.”
O’Leary said the main point he wanted students to take away from the event is that it’s always okay to ask for help.
“Seeking help is not a reflection of you not being an adequate individual or a good student,” O’Leary said. “It’s you taking more control of that situation and identifying that you need help.”
In O’Leary’s experience, he said most students have gone or will go through difficult mental health challenges.
Today’s college students are reporting higher levels of loneliness and isolation than almost any generation before them, according to statistics O’Leary provided.
Josh, a senior who attended the event, encouraged his peers to overcome their nerves when it comes to mental health.
“Part of the problem is seeing that you have issues, and that’s okay,” Josh said.
Counseling services hosts similar events every week that are designed to help students overcome specific issues they may encounter during college. Five students attended part one Thursday.
Part two of “Making the Grade” will be held March 28 at 4 p.m. in Student Union room 320.