Surprising Reasons You Should Visit a Campus Counselor
A lot of students have the misconception that school counselors and campus counselors are only available to talk about serious mental health issues, like depression, eating disorders and heavy addictions. But campus counselors welcome all students to visit them to discuss all kinds of questions or problems that students, have. If you’re homesick, having trouble working things out with a roommate, wondering which clubs to join, or figuring out how to lose your Freshman 15, a counselor will listen to your concerns and may even be able to provide you with some practical advice. They’re employed by the school to make your life more enjoyable and less stressful, so whatever is bothering you, consider visiting their office for a nonjudgmental, unbiased conversation. Here are some more reasons why you should visit a campus counselors
- Just talking about a problem will help you feel better: Sometimes, just saying the words out loud will help you find a solution, or help you realize that your "problem" isn’t as overwhelming as you first felt. You can ask the counselor to just listen and not offer you any advice, something that would be hard for a parent or even a friend to do, if you just want to talk.
- You might sleep better: Once you start talking about what’s bothering you — a bad grade, a fight with a significant other, or a sudden bout with anxiety — you’re taking significant steps to working out your problem. Your brain will have more time to relax and focus on what’s important if you give yourself time to really hash out your feelings, helping you sleep better and clear your thoughts.
- You’ll find it easier to put things in perspective: When you’re stressed out and living with other people who are constantly stressed out, it’s easy to view things completely out of perspective. Leaving your laundry in the washing machine overnight could send you into a complete panic attack, or losing your favorite pen could send you over the edge. But if you regularly talk about your problems — or even just what’s going on inside your head — you’ll be better able to keep things in perspective so that you’re not worrying about all the little stuff.