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Although it is natural in the face of a setback to keep it private, the best way to deal with difficult experiences is to combine self-reflection with a connection to others. The Resilience Project offers a list of some campus resources that students may find to be valuable in this process.
Campus Resources
Working hard in high school doesn't always prepare you for the pace, volume, and complexity of a Stanford education. Use these resources to address time management, procrastination, reading comprehension and retention, and other skill sets to help you become a more sophisticated and effective learner.
Designing a meaningful undergraduate experience calls upon students to create a balanced quarterly study list, choose a major, fulfill graduation requirements, and integrate special opportunities (such as research, honors, study abroad, public service, and fellowships). Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) promotes a multiple mentor model that connects students with faculty and staff across the university to gain insight into their interests, strengths, opportunities, and options. In addition to the Pre-Major Advisor, UAR provides professional academic advisors – the Academic Advising Directors in the residences, Academic Advisors in Sweet Hall and for student-athletes in the AARC – who work with students to craft an integrated intellectual experience. In these one-on-one interactions, rarely will advisors tell students what to do, but they will help students reach decisions that are right for them.
Choosing a career is rarely a single decision that you make early and that determines the rest of your life. Shaping your career journey is an ongoing process of exploration, discovery, and reevaluation that constantly repeats itself. Don't be afraid of failure or uncertainty. We learn the most from those experiences that challenge us. The CDC offers many resources for exploration; assessments, counseling, peer counseling and drop-in appointments, ebooks, informational interviews, internships, career fairs, mentoring programs, and more to help you navigate this journey.
Stanford provides trained peer counselors at the Bridge; walk-in counseling is available from 9 a.m. - 12 a.m. seven days a week, and telephone counseling is available 24 hours a day.
Sometimes students could benefit from talking about their struggles or setbacks with a mental health professional. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a broad range of confidential services to promote mental health, emotional resilience and wellness at no charge. These services include individual, couples, and group therapy; workshops; and 24-hour crisis counseling for urgent situations.
The Office of Accessible Education provides academic accommodations, programs, and services to all Stanford students with disabilities. The intention of the OAE is to provide the opportunity for students with disabilities to participate fully in every aspect of the Stanford community. The Schwab Learning Center (SLC) offers students with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder a wide array of state-of-the-art services and resources to enrich the learning and research opportunities at Stanford.
Faith and spiritual quest, both in the individual and in the community, are consonant with the university’s most vital pursuits of meaning and purpose, and for many students, this quest represents a core component of identity. The Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Dean for Religious Life lead worship, teach courses, convene study groups, promote interfaith dialogue, sponsor lectures and discussions, and offer spiritual counsel to individuals and groups. Students can engage with more than 35 religious groups represented by the Stanford Associated Religions (SAR).
Free peer tutoring is available to all undergraduate students in a wide variety of courses. Most tutors hold drop-in hours in the residence halls and appointments can be scheduled online. The Hume Writing Center offers drop-in and appointment tutoring at any stage in the writing process, and, similarly, students can schedule an appointment or drop by CTL's Speaking Center to consult with an Oral Communication Tutor