Making College Make Sense to Your Life
Regardless of your age and your experience, college is an adjustment. You can help yourself make this adjustment by figuring out how to relate your life to your education. Ask yourself this question, “How can I use my strengths, skills, and aptitude to identify a major or career choice?” Many students come to college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives while other students struggle for years to decide on a major. Consider the concept of “flow” when you are contemplating different career choices. Flow is the state you are in when your skill level is equal to the challenge level of whatever you may be doing. Watch Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TedTalk titled “Flow, the Secret to Happiness” to learn more about the flow state. You will be more satisfied in your day-to-day work if you choose a career that puts you in a state of flow.
If you are still struggling to decide on a major or career field, the Focus 2 Self-Assessment may be the right tool for you. FOCUS is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for use by college students. It will enable you to self-assess your career relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. Students who use FOCUS make better decisions about their goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their careers. Use FOCUS to help you choose or change your major and also to verify your preferences or early choice of a career field.
If you are struggling to make the connection between college and your life outside of college, read through the ideas below to help you make connections.
Coping with Stress
If you are a college student, it is highly likely that at some point you are going to feel stressed. You may feel the most stressed during your first semester when you are adjusting to college life or you may feel the most stressed during your last semester when you are searching for a job. Many students feel the most stressed during mid-terms, finals, or when they have a paper due. Regardless of the time, it is important for you to know what resources you have to rely on when you are feeling stressed.
NEO A&M College has a campus counselor on staff available to meet with students during the fall and spring semesters. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with Lori Kurtz, NEO’s campus counselor, click here for her contact information.
If you are unable to meet with the campus counselor, please consider the options below.
Grand Lake Mental Health Center
111 S. Treaty Road
Miami, Oklahoma 74354
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-999-9999
National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: 1-800-950-6264
For a complete listing of hotline numbers, please follow this link.
Check out the Ottawa County Resource Directory (pdf) to find the contact information for various resources in the surrounding area.
For a fresh perspective on stress and new ideas on how to cope, view Kelly McGonigal’s TedTalk titled, “How to Make Stress Your Friend.”
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