A warm welcome to all of our new and returning Appalachian State students! Our Counseling Center staff is committed to fostering an affirming environment where all students are welcome and respected. We value an environment that honors each person’s experiences, cultures, languages, identities, and ideologies. Our Center cultivates a safe and confidential environment that is open to the honest discussion of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and values. Please connect with us!
Three thoughts as we begin the fall semester:
- Find Your Passion: Each person has something unique to contribute in making a positive impact on friends, loved ones, communities, and our world. Although we may feel lost or uncertain at times, keep working at being open to possibilities, opportunities to engage others, learning, and listening (including creating space in your day to listen to yourself!).
- Find Balance: Having good mental health includes developing all aspects of yourself. In addition to developing intellectually, make sure to incorporate exercise / physical activity, time in nature (we live in beautiful surroundings – take advantage!), volunteer opportunities, eating regular meals, building relationships, engaging in art, music, humor, or other fun activities, time for relaxation / getting enough sleep, and building your spiritual or religious self. Research shows these make a difference!
- Take Advantage of Our Groups: Large numbers of students participate in our groups and report groups help them learn more about themselves, learn how they can better connect with others and build meaningful relationships, and help them gain important coping and relationship skills. Check out our group listing under Group Counseling on our Services button.
Best wishes as you grow, learn, and develop over the next semester.
Chris Hogan, Ph.D.