As you prepare your students to embark upon this exciting chapter in their lives, be aware that a significant number of students go through some kind of anxiety and depression when entering higher education institutions after high school.
Research has shown that:
Some of the major causes are:
This is a worldwide scenario with students entering higher education, whether domestic or foreign students.
Griffith College is here for the students
The counselling and support services available at Griffith College, focus on supporting students navigate their way through their studies while here. Support is multi-faceted but generally comes in the form of academic support with the Student Learning Advisors (SLA’s) and personal/welfare support, via the Student Counsellors in conjunction with teachers and other staff.
The frontline approach by Griffith College in relation to counselling is not about just offering solutions, but working with the student to develop and adopt positive habits to help them find their own way forward. Ultimately, developing a sense of wellbeing assists with academic achievement.
It has also been our experience, that students who have a sense of belonging and purpose, developing friendships, will do better with their academic pursuits.
What to expect in terms of support at Griffith College:
Further to this, preparedness is something that is often overlooked as a way to help with a sense of wellbeing. Therefore, before students arrive in Australia and at the College, we would suggest as agents you prepare them with some research and planning for accommodation, transport, budget, phone, food requirements, study etc. We have a plenty of material we can share with you in this regard.
It is important to acknowledge things will be different and that it will take time to adjust (usually 2 months approximately), but that does not mean it won’t be enjoyable!