The fall semester is here and while this can be an exciting occasion, it can also be troubling for some students.
With mass shootings becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence, some may feel apprehensive about returning to campus after the violence that transpired recently.
While opinions may be divided as to how we can prevent such tragedies, the impact it has on the country is undeniable.
An impression is made in the wake of such violence, leaving many with mixed emotions ranging from anger to anxiety to depression.
How do students deal with these feelings, and who can they turn to in times of grief and conflict?
For those who may feel hopeless, there are resources available.
Student counseling is available at the Lakeside Resource Center in El Paso Hall, E082. Karen Cuttill is one of the counselors at the Student Counseling Center.
She and fellow counselors offer expertise to those in need.
“Everything said is to remain strictly confidential,” Cuttill said, emphasizing that “none of what is spoken goes on student record.”
There are also options for students who feel uneasy about returning to campus.
“There are also online classes,” Cuttill said.
Online classes offer students the means to continue their education from the safety of their own home.
While online courses may be useful in relieving anxiety, they do little to fix the cause of the problem.
The counseling center offers services that cover many address many facets of life.
Communication counseling can help students learn how to better communicate with teachers, peers and family members.
Relationship counseling can help to establish, develop, or improve relationships with friends, family and lovers.
While there may be others to turn to, it can be challenging to convey feelings those who are closest.
“Stress can lead to anxiety, anxiety can lead to depression, and depression can be fatal,” Cuttill said.
Although some may be afraid to reach out in a time of need, they do not have to face them alone.
The Lakeside Counseling Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
While it is best to call ahead and schedule an appointment, walk-ins are welcome Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 972-238-3771 or online at