College success sessions

Monday, August 24, 2009


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Counseling and Psychological Services is sponsoring 13, free, hour-long sessions Mondays in the Glacier Room of Atwood Memorial Center. The sessions run noon to 1 p.m.

Find a session below that fits your needs:

Sept. 14:  Approaching Professors and the Transition from High School to College

Information and helpful hints on how to get started on the right foot. Topics include getting organized, homesickness, social life, stress and where to go for help. How you communicate with your professor may affect your progress in a course. Learn some simple strategies that will enhance your interactions with your instructors.

Sept. 21: Study Skills

Information on study skill topics to help you learn more effectively and efficiently and earn better grades.

Sept. 28: Time Management

Do you find there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done?  This presentation will help you find out where your time goes.  Then it will teach you some strategies for prioritizing commitments so you can find time for the important things in your life, including time for yourself.

Oct. 5: Dealing with Depression

Learn to identify symptoms and types of depression, as well as common strategies to address depression including types of treatment that are available to St. Cloud State students.

Oct. 12: Test Taking Anxiety

This presentation is directed toward those students who have difficulty performing on tests due to excessive nervousness or worry. Methods of dealing with anxiety will be addressed.

Oct. 19: Math Anxiety

Do you have an hour to spare? Taking one hour to look at better ways of coping with anxiety related to taking math tests could be an investment with big payoffs.

Oct. 26: Promoting Mental Health through Exercise

Learn about the mental health benefits of exercise, how to improve your enjoyment and commitment to exercise as well as address barriers to participating in a physical activity routine.

Nov. 2: Increasing Optimism and Resilience

Life can be difficult, stressful and, at times, painful. How we respond to the situations in our lives can make a big difference in our sense of well being.  This talk will look at how to increase optimism and resilience by changing some of your thinking patterns.

Nov. 9: Healthy Relationships

Every relationship experiences bumps in the road when things don’t run smoothly. Come and learn about strategies for enhancing the quality of your relationship and working through common relationship problems.

Nov. 16: Healthy Sleep

Sleep can play a major role in our day-to-day functioning – and some people may not be aware of the problems they have with it.  Participate in a presentation regarding sleep difficulties, its effect on health, and what you can do about it. 

Nov. 23: Stress Management

How do you know when you are stressed and what can you do about your stress? Learn fun and effective ways to cope with stress. Learn to calm yourself down and enjoy school and your life more. This informational program will focus on relaxation strategies.

Nov. 30: Assertiveness

Assertiveness is expressing our thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a direct, honest and appropriate way. It means that we have respect for both ourselves and for others. An assertive person effectively influences, listens and negotiates so that others choose to cooperate willingly. Learn some assertiveness strategies.

Dec. 7: Suicide Prevention

This presentation will address warning signs and symptoms of people who may be thinking of suicide. Protective factors that reduce the risk of suicide are also discussed. Come and get information on what you can do to help a friend or loved one.

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