Student Mentor Programme assists students in resolving personal difficulties and in acquiring those skills, attitudes, and resources necessary to both succeed in the college environment and pursue productive and satisfying lives. Student Mentor Programme strives to contribute to the overall educational mission of the Institute by facilitating the academic, emotional and social development of students and by serving as psychological consultants to the entire campus community. Respect for diversity and a commitment to students' personal growth are guiding principles in the work we do.
What is counseling?
Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a unique, confidential helping relationship. In this relationship, the counselor acts as a facilitator in helping the student to understand more accurately him/herself and the world around him/her. Individuals are helped to understand their feelings and behaviors, their relationships with others, their particular situation, choices, and decisions. Discussion of whatever is important and relevant enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making mature choices and taking responsible action with themselves, relationships, family, and studies. Students should look at the counselor's office as an open, receptive and secure forum to share all sorts of difficulties. There is absolutely no stigma whatsoever attached to a visit to the counselor's office.
Why do students come for counseling?
Among the most common concerns which students bring to the Student Mentor Programme are:
- Low self-confidence
- Finding, helping or losing a relationship
- Getting along with peers
- Puzzling or distressing emotional states
- Self-defeating behaviors
- Controlling use of alcohol and drugs
- Studying more effectively
- Life purpose and direction
- Making better decisions
- Examining career options
- Family issues
Who should use the counseling services?
- The Student Counselor's office should be your first call for any issue related to your emotional state, dealing with stress, handling a crisis, or coping with the transition to college. Students often come for help with concerns both large and small, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, relationship conflicts, grief, academic stress, and family issues.
- Student Mentor Programme can also be a referral resource when situations require off- campus care or longer-term therapy.
- Counselors act as facilitators to help students better understand themselves and the world around them. Open and honest discussion of feelings, behaviors, relationships and life experiences with a trained counselor in a safe, confidential environment helps you make healthy choices and achieve more satisfying life goals.
- Counselors work with students to help them understand and explore how their feelings and thoughts influence their choices, decisions, and actions.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is about responding to students' needs and areas of concern and helping make your institute experience a positive one. It is a constellation of activities - educational, interpersonal, and professional. The actual role of the student mentor is one of nurturing and providing support for a student during the difficult transition period. The mentor must also serve as a resource who will answer many questions, trivial or complex, that the student might pose. Most important, the mentor must serve as a positive role model and as an advocate for the protege, especially in resolving any difficulties or conflicts that may arise. He/she must also providing an empathic ear to professional and/or personal problems and being ready with referrals to the professional counselor, if needed. Mentoring is an attempt to maximize student growth and development - academically, professionally, and otherwise. Each of these functions must be carried out within a context of a continuing, caring relationship between the mentor and protege.
Who are mentors?
Mentors are experienced students (3, 4 or 5 years) who are competent in mentoring by dint of their interpersonal capabilities and their academic achievements. You may look upon mentors as:
- advisors, who have career experience and share their knowledge
- supporters, who give emotional and moral encouragement
- models of identity, who serve as academic role models
- help the student to seek help from the faculty/counselor depending on the situation