Episode 40: Interview With My Mentor: Talking Supports for College Students

March 23, 2016
Week #10 – 2/3 done, where are we at?
(Not as) Quick tip
Taken from Reddit, this guy has a great workflow for studying that I wanted to share:
Step 1: Read the chapter ONCE before class and take notes. –Make sure to write down any questions you have as you go. –Write down the answers as you find them in the text.
Step 2: In lecture take additional notes and ask any remaining questions that were not covered in the book or lecture. –You can ask your professor and/or TAs before, during, and after lecture, during office hours, and/or via email. Do this early and often–don’t wait until the day of the exam to ask!
Step 3: Make a bullet-proof study guide from all of your notes. –This could include flash cards, diagrams/sketches, flow charts, etc. Use whatever actually helps you. –You should make one for each chapter.
POST RECORDING UPDATE: I said I’d look a little more into study guide resources, and there’s so much info out there. I imagine the question students would most have about study guides is “How exactly do I set one up?” The best resource I found, (which I was not expecting), was Pinterest. People like to get very creative with this kind of stuff, but a study guide can also be a very basic text document.
Step 4: Explain major concepts to someone else to solidify info in your mind and reveal any gaps in your understanding. –You could form/join a study group, explain concepts to a friend, or even send a quick email explanation to your professor and/or TA to make sure your understanding is correct.
Step 5: Go back to specific sections of the book/lectures for review ONLY to clear up any remaining questions. –Because you’ve already done all of the hard work all that’s left now is to review.
Question of the day from r/college
I can’t really help this person, other than to say, figure out an alternative to your situation, I’m more interested in using this question to talk about gap years, which was discussed in the comments.
Today’s Topic: 
Join me as I welcome Michelle Mullen to the show to discuss:
  • The wonky path Michelle took that led her to researching college students with mental health issues and how to better support them in school. Hint: It wasn’t her dream when she was 5! 🙂
  • What led her to look at cognitive remediation as an intervention that think holds promise for helping college students with mental health issues develop skills
  • The one thing she learned in all her years of studying this population that she weren’t expecting to learn, how she adapted as a result
  • Speculation on the future and what college disability services might look like
  • Her current project, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment —> Link to more info: http://www.umassmed.edu/TransitionsRTC/research/projects-by-grant/hype/
  • Her advice to college students with mental health issues that might be listening and struggling to achieve their goals
How to reach Michelle if you have any questions about the things she’s talked about: michelle.mullen@rutgers.edu
Home Exercise
  • You’re 2/3 through the semester at this point. Stand up and take a 30,000 foot view of your goal, the progress you’ve made so far, how much you have left to go, and if you need to make any changes in the direction you’re headed.
  • An update on my goal progress
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
Week 1: Set a goal and think about it considering my 5 Factors (Passion, Value, Leverage, Accountability, Sustainability), and areas where you may need to pay special attention to (Passion).
Week 2: Think about what you need for your happiness and well-being. Consider what happiness achieving your goal will bring you. Write down your goal, and why you want it (Accountability).
Week 3: Pick one thing Zack and I talked about in the interview that will help you in reaching your goal, block out space in your calendar this week to do that one thing, and do it (Sustainability).
Week 4: Examine lack of progress more closely if needed, look at your life’s defaults through an honest lens (Value).
Week 5: Try out one of the note-taking suggestions/tips talked about in the episode in one of your classes over the next week (Accountability).
Week 6: Complete a study plan for the one midterm that is currently stressing you the most. If your goal does not relate to school, take a step back, see how you’re progressing, and re-evaluate your To-Do list (Accountability).
Week 7: Consider your “brand.” Think about how your brand could impact you as a potential employee down the road. If you are not in a position to start branding yourself now, at least write down your personal brand idea and file it somewhere you won’t forget it (Passion).
Week 8: If you’re struggling to achieve your goal, confirm you are truly in the preparation/action stage when it comes to the goal you set in the beginning of the semester (Sustainability)
Week 9: Think back to a time in your life when you persevered and succeeded. It could be a memory from a long time ago, or a recent event, but think about your own personal qualities and what you showed to yourself and others when making that achievement. Write about it if you can. What can you use from that experience to propel you closer to your current goal? (Leverage)
If you have mental health issues and a success story to tell (current college student or former), I’d like to interview you about your goal achievement quest, the struggles/adversity you faced, as well the recovery strategies you learned, let me know!
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