By Eric Marin
As college students, the workload we are given can lead to many stressful nights. Between papers, tests, and reading for class, our days are filled with schoolwork from sun up to sun down. What about the other stressful factors that occur in our day and the obligations that supersede our schoolwork?
For some students, their children are their number one prority. To make sure they’re fed, bathed, and taken to school, doesn’t sound like too much work. But add papers and a job into that equation and you have stress. Mentally, it can be crippling. Student athletes must obtain high enough grades in order to participate in sports. Training hard enough that your body has given up for the day but still having homework to do isn’t an easy task.
Unfortunately, there are students that have deeper problems. Drug addictions can cause anyone to slip up in school and other areas of their lives. A passing of a loved one may cause a student to shut down as well.
Some of these students feel that they shouldn’t bring their problems to their professors because they don’t want them to seem like an excuse for a poor performance on a test or paper. CCC acknowledged the need for a professional to be on campus who would aid them in the personal aspects of their lives. In September, CCC introduced a new staff member to the college: Sheena Davis.
Davis specializes in emotional and mental health problems. Her job is to help students with situations that may be hindering their schoolwork. Davis stated, “I hope to be able to assist students with accessing the county’s social services.” Those services include housing, emergency assistance, support groups, abuse, and family conflict.
Some people who go through these troubles are hesitant in getting help. They may feel like it is a private matter and do not wish for their personal circumstances to be talked about amongst faculty. But like any counselor, Davis must abide by rules when dealing with a person’s private life. “I have a professional duty to keep information given to me confidential”, says Davis. However, matters involving a student doing harm to themselves, others, or a minor, must be reported for obvious reasons. “Students are made aware of this limit of confidentiality when they come in for counseling”.
So, how do you get in touch with Sheena Davis? Her office is located in the EOF office right across from the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to make an appointment, if needed, by going to the EOF office or calling. However, if a student is in serious stress, they are welcome to drop in. While Davis is the only titled Mental Health Counselor, there are many faculty members that can and have helped students with personal and sensitive needs.
If there are any students that feel so overwhelmed by the stresses in their life that it affects their college hopes, please do not hesitate to set an appointment. Even if it is just to get some thoughts off your chest, Davis would love to talk. She says, “I have been in the helping profession for 10 years. I come from a family of people who service others by trade and by nature. Helping people makes me happy.”