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  1. Dario Rios

    The past two weeks have been hectic, at work. Fall registration is underway at my university. This past week in particular was chaotic, as we moved from [fall] graduating seniors and non-graduating seniors to the general student population. So, our advising center was bombarded- virtually and in-person.

    When things are slower in the office, I ask the students I meet with how their mental health is doing. The majority of the time, the answer is good, fine, well. I’ve gotten a few thank yous from students who were genuinely grateful that someone asked about their mental health. And there have been a few times where I am glad I asked, because they needed someone to listen to them. The past couple of weeks, I haven’t asked. And mentioned above, there has been non-stop traffic for in our office.

    While I am not asking about their mental health, I am asking how they are doing or how their day is going. One student I asked this past week responded with, “things could be better”. I went to check the pre-meeting notes to see why he scheduled our meeting. And was so glad I did. In the notes for our meeting, he stated he is considering withdrawing from his courses; his mother was diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness; he been stressed out and not taking his prescriptions. I immediately slowed it down and gave him extra attention.

    One of his concerns about withdrawing was still having access to Canvas to continue to help his group with their project. He wanted to continue to help them, realizing that he would be awarded a grade. This to me was very exceptional. I couldn’t believe it.

    It was courageous of him to post those pre-meeting notes. I made sure he knew that he was being strong.

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