Episode 55: Interview with College Disability Services Coordinator

November 8, 2016
Entering week #10, how are we doing 2/3’s through the semester?
Topic of the day from r/college
  • What’s the “Big Idea?”
  • The less content per slide, the better
  • Don’t read as you present, consider why powerpoint exists (bulletpoints, act as trigger), improv
  • Images for a reason
  • Be yourself, not a robot
  • Practice (for real)
Today’s Topic: Interview with Barbara Blacklock of University of Minnesota
Just us today as we discuss:
  • How Barbara got into the field of helping people with disabilities succeed in college
  • What keeps her in the job
  • Trends she is noticing on campus that mirror the research as far as college students facing mental health issues
  • Suggestions for students who might be seeking accommodations at their school, and tricks of the trade for getting the most out of accommodations
  • What to do if you are not getting the help they feel they deserve from your Disability Office
  • How Barbara personally views goals when it comes to recovery from mental illness
  • Her advice for college students with mental health issues who are struggling to achieve goals that are really important to them
Home Exercise
  • Explore your school’s disability office as much as you feel comfortable. It might mean simple web research, calling them, or even making a visit. Find out the services they offer. It’s good to know where it is and how to reach them in the even that you ever do need their services, you won’t have to waste time locating them.
  • My goal progress 2/3’s through
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
  1. Write down you goal for this semester. It should be one single goal, something you really, really want, and something you can achieve in 3 months.
  2. Now that you have a goal, it’s time to map it out. Begin to break the goal down in chunks. Each chunk can be broken down further into steps (not all at once if you don’t want). Give at least one chunk a deadline.
  3. Take something you’ve been procrastinating on, and “put it to bed.” Either do it, or figure out why you’re not doing it, and take care of that issue. Or don’t do it, and be fine with the fact that you’ve changed directions, or it’s really not due yet.
  4. How does online learning relate to your goal this semester? It might not currently, but is there a way you can leverage any low cost/free online resources? Think about the lifelong learner.
  5. Pick one of the Wealth-Building Principles and determine how it can help your goal become a reality. This might be more of a long-term play for many, but consider these principles and which ones you might want to better embrace as you focus on your goals.
  6. Take stock of where you’re at with your goal progress so far. Make adjustments as needed.
  7. Evaluate your need to seek help. Do you need help with your goal? Where would you expect to find that help? Write down your possible solutions and make a plan to get that help.
  8. Figure out one way to build resiliency and anti-fragility in your life. Is there any way that the goal you’re working on will make you more resilient or anti-fragile?
  9. Brainstorm 1-2 people you can target as mentors to help you reach the goal you’re working on, or some other goal that you have on your radar. This exercise is meant to be long-term in that it might not relate right now to what you’re working on, but my pay off down the road. Start laying the groundwork now.
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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