I have heard it many times, “these are the best days of your life, I wish I was back in college!” In my mind I respond, “Really?!” For me personally it has been a struggle, but I can understand what people mean by “best days,” because I do find that my time at the Universities at Shady Grove has been sprinkled with fun and excitement, whether it be at a campus event or during a party with friends, some of my greatest memories have been created these past two years. Yet there is the stress, it comes in many forms and sizes, call it finals, relationship problems, work commitments, couple arguements, or family conflicts, the list is endless. We all want to be our best but how can we when our time is so short and our patience and emotions run thin. It’s not a matter of “if we will implode” but a matter of “when” (finals week for sure, just take a walk through the library Dec. 10-20).
So friends, I will share with you the best piece of wisdom I can offer. Here at the Universities at Shady Grove I have found one of the best services our campus has available. Located in the back corner of the Priddy Library in building III you will find the office of Counseling and Consultation. The confidential and discreet location was thoughtfully designed. You are greeted with a soothing waterfall and soft relaxing music, it reminds me of a Zen Buddhist retreat. The mission of the Center is “to foster growth, wellness, and success at USG.” My experience with depression after my knee surgery, stress before exams, and conflict with my family led me to seek the help of a payed counseling professional many times over the past two years. The center is staffed with professionals with their own practices serving the community of Rockville for over thirty years and are available to our students, faculty, staff and their partners and family for FREE on campus year around. You are never too proud of a person to not seek help, I personally had to find the courage to overcome the emotions that kept me from visiting the center sooner. Set your life back on track, or ease your mind through opening yourself up to someone who won’t judge. Take advantage of this service you won’t regret it!