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Coping with college demands and emotions

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University student success coaches are here to help students cope with overwhelming emotions in their life.

The workshop “Emotionally Equipped: Coping with College Demands and the Emotions that Come Along with Them” was held Wednesday to give students the chance to communicate about their stress.

This led to one success coach, Rachel Anderson, reflecting on her own hurdles and turning it into strategies to help students.

“I was thinking [about] it from a coach’s perspective and from a student's perspective," Anderson said.

Anderson talked with Ball State students, explaining to them what can be beneficial to not only overcome their hurdles through school, but in life as well. Coaches emphasize trust, empathy and accountability along with the recommendation of having three types of mentors: professional, true teller and an advocate mentor.

“The approach I took to develop in the presentation, I was thinking 'How do I individually as a doctoral student myself?'" Anderson added, “How do I be overwhelmed in my life and are these strategies that can also help someone else?”

Because of how overwhelming college and life can be, Anderson encourages students to schedule a one-on-one coaching session with their student success coach to help learn more about themselves.

Students can schedule an appointment with their coaches through Ball State’s Navigate in hopes for more growth and more change.

Contact Alanna Gaither with comments at alanna.gaither@bsu.edu.