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Personal problems can run the gamut from a roommate who snores to feeling that life has run amok. Whatever the ilk or magnitude, there are several places students might consider turning for help. First, there are friends and family. If, however, problems are ones a student can’t easily discuss with friends, or if a student needs specialized advice, there are other places to go. Usually they are nearby.
Closest is the residence hall staff. Hall staff can help with all sorts of things. Similarly, faculty members are concerned about students’ welfare and can be very perceptive listeners.
Although many problems can be solved through friends, residence hall staff, or faculty members, for some students there are times when the pressures of life accelerate. There are people to help at those times, too, including deans, counselors, the health center staff, and the College chaplains. Students shouldn’t be reluctant to turn to any of these resources for confidential counsel as soon as they need it.
Unsure of where to start? The Office of the Dean of Students is a good place to begin a search for assistance.