All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Navigating conversations with professors and classmates can be daunting, especially if you’ve had challenges on a college campus or are a freshman. EDGE understands that asking for help or advice can be worrisome. You may be thinking, “what if I blank out and don’t know what to ask for,” or “ what if my professor thinks I am not capable?” Sometimes this leads to not asking at all and avoiding these challenges. Self doubt and insecurities are completely valid to have during these times. This may impede your efforts in the social arena too. It is “O.K.”
EDGE reports they see this with all of their students and have supportive coaches to help students succeed in these areas.
EDGE's learning coordinator, Anne Walchak, works individually with students to create and support their academic goals. Philosophically, the approach at EDGE is a “do with,” not “do for.” During these sessions each student has an opportunity to role play, to create a script, to plan a visit to their campus with EDGE support. As a collegiate community, EDGE loves to include students who may also attend the same college and plan for a group outing. These orientation details are critical and so they place a high value on connectedness in order to set up students for success through preparedness. EDE students become a great resource to one another, while also benefiting from coaching support at EDGE.
Here are some additional tips from their learning coordinator:
- Create a plan of action - so speaking with professors or other college supports becomes more manageable. Create a roadmap or a “script” and practice these conversations so, it will be more comfortable, when you meet in person.
- Keep the focus on skill-building, not on grades. Foundational work will help in all dimensions of students' lives.
- Begin to build a support network. You are not alone in this journey and having strong peers, therapeutic, and academic support are critical during this transition.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.