Student Success Story
Whether she needs assistance to develop a study plan for the week or just to touch base and chat, Karen connects with her College Coach on a bi-weekly basis. As a student in the General Arts program, Karen credits her College Coach with helping her balance a full time college program, a part-time job and being the primary caregiver to her disabled father. On the occasions when she feels overwhelmed with school tasks, Karen adds, “we discuss a realistic and doable plan. I have learned to write out each item on a daily ‘to-do’ list and prioritize my academic and personal tasks. I’m now able to complete everything on time and best of all, I am no longer feeling stressed!” As Karen works through her term, her College Coach is right there, encouraging her every step of the way. “I feel very blessed to have my coach,” she says.
College Coach Success Story
As a College Coach, Mina described the first few sessions with her student as pleasant and positive. Academic goals, career dreams and solid plans for completing tasks were common topics of discussion. About half way through the term, the student arrived for her scheduled meeting very upset. She described her problems to Mina. “I came to you because you helped me so much this term. Right now, I cannot speak to my family, friends or teachers. I’m too shy and overwhelmed to go and see one of the counselors.” Mina listened empathetically and asked questions to help clarify the issues. This allowed her student to better understand her situation and develop meaningful options to resolve her problems. Mina’s support and encouragement led the student to obtain the help she so desperately needed. “It was at that moment I realized how we can make a real difference in the lives of our students”, Mina said.