Resources: If Your Student Is Having A Difficult Time

  • Try not to panic; it’s common for students to go through highs and lows during their college years.
  • Students are more likely to vent their lows with you as an outside party so you may hear more negatives than positives. Students don’t always call back to say everything has been resolved.
  • Encourage your student to seek the advice of a Resident Assistant (RA), Resident Coordinator (RC), Resident Director (RD), Academic Advisor, Professor, or Staff member they know.
  • Encourage your student to take a break and get off campus for a few hours. Sometimes just a little bit of breathing room can put life back in perspective.
  • It is common for students to feel like transferring after their first semester (see College Transition: The W Curve on our website). Encourage your student to stick it out, at least until the end of the semester but preferably the whole year. Remember that lack of sleep, anxiety about exams or papers, and even developing friendships can be seasonal and may improve with time.
  • If you are really concerned about your student’s mental well-being, encourage them to go the Counseling Center on campus which is a free service to students.
  • If you suspect your student is in a serious crisis and may need intervention for their own safety, immediately contact the Resident Director On-Duty (714) 713-5089 and Campus Public Safety (714) 966-6799.