The Georgia College Parent and Family Newsletter
Inside April 2020
- Empty Nest No More
- New Counseling Resource: TAO
- #GCUnited for Our Whole Community
- Student Resources
Empty Nest No More
Stacked against the very real fears many are facing, like the threat of illness and job insecurity, having to adjust to a full house may seem like a petty woe. But living in close quarters with the stress of school work and working from home, mixed with the constant uncertainty about the future and inability to escape make for a high stress cocktail. These challenges can have a profound effect on us and should not be discounted.
There is no advice I can give that is better than the many articles and blog posts that have been published in recent weeks. I will link to some of those below and add my key takeaways. What I hope you will see is that whatever you are feeling is normal. Your student's transition to online learning is hard, and your own challenges are equally valid. Take care of yourself first -- you cannot pour from an empty cup. Take care of your family next. We can't wait to see you all back on our beautiful campus. Be well.
by Amy Joyce for The Washington Post, March 16, 2020
- This return home is not a break. We all need to keep our routines.
- Setting boundaries at home will keep the peace and keep you safe.
- This is temporary.
by Dr. Marcia Morris for Psychology Today, March 29, 2020
- Mental health and mindset are most important at this time, for everyone.
- Four key elements of mental health -- SHHH: Structure, Health, Happiness, and Hope
- *Note: GC Counseling Services is available for tele-counseling and is offering group workshops. Now is a great time to get a mental and emotional "tune-up".
by Katie Collins for Grown & Flown, April 6, 2020
- Your internal clocks feel all wrong because this is all wrong.
- Parents have many competing obligations, and that's OK.
- Physical space is hard to come by, but give each other mental space.
by Dan Levin for The New York Times, April 8, 2020
- Students aren't the only ones struggling! Parents are equally challenged by this situation.
- Families are finding new ways to enjoy each other's company.
- Again, this is temporary.
New Counseling Tool for Students
Counseling Services at Georgia College is excited to offer a new tool to supplement their one-on-one services (which are still accessible virtually!) All Georgia College students can now access a free self-help platform called TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) to help build their resilience and coping skills. TAO provides modules and resources for students to explore at their own pace on topics like mindfulness, anger management, relationships, avoiding drama, and coping with anxiety.
TAO will not replace therapy for everyone, but it can be a wonderful tool in between appointments or for students who aren't sure counseling is for them. To learn more about TAO at Georgia College, visit https://www.gcsu.edu/counseling/tao.
#GCUnited for Our Whole Community
GC Student Life, University Advancement, Continuing Education, Academic Affairs, and so many others are providing regular virtual programs and resources to keep our whole community engaged. That includes our parents and families! We know you need an occasional diversion from your work and the state of world affairs. We also need reminders that our physical campus (though we miss it desperately!) does not define our community. We are Bobcats, no matter where we are.
A few examples of #GCUnited programs featured on social media and on gcunited.gcsu.edu:
- Daily fitness classes hosted by the Wellness and Recreation Center
- Museum Mondays hosted by the GC Alumni Association
- Mindfulness and Meditation workshops hosted by Counseling Services
- Weekly discussion of "Dolly Parton's America" podcast hosted by The Women's Center
You are part of our community. Join in these programs with your student or on your own. We're still here, and we're not going anywhere!
The Learning Center
The Learning Center is offering online tutoring and supplemental instruction with expanded hours to help students manage the transition. Visit their website for hours and appointment requests.
Feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness and many other emotions are understandable right now, but students don't have to deal with them alone. Counseling Services continues offering personal counseling and group workshops for healthy coping. Visit their website for appointments.
Registration for Fall 2020 is open, and students may have questions about their current classes for Spring. Advisors are available for virtual appointments! Visit their website to make an appointment and access other resources to help with the transition to e-learning.
The Learning Center
The Career Center is hosting regular workshops, resume reviews, mock interviews, live chats and more! From seniors celebrating getting hired or accepted to graduate school to current freshmen exploring careers in their majors, counselors are available for appointments. Students can log in to their Handshake accounts to schedule a virtual meeting.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services is offering telehealth! Regular illnesses will still occur, but most people should avoid medical facilities when possible. Through a virtual appointment, our providers can assess symptoms and recommend treatments. Students can make appointments by calling 478-445-5288.
Student Technology Services and the SERVE Help Desk are available to provide students with the technical support they need to be successful with e-learning. Visit their website to view available resources or submit a SERVE Help Desk ticket for questions about access to online learning platforms and software.
Student Health Services
The GC Helping Hands Fund provides emergency relief for students facing dire financial need during this time. Gifts of any amount make a big difference in the lives of our students. Thank you!