NOTES FROM THE STUDENT CARING PODCAST FOR PROFESSORS
You may be saying to yourself, self, “What’s a Student Earthquake?”
Because Daniel and David live in California, they are sometimes nervous about the BIG ONE. As a result, this topic has been known to arise from time to time in their podcasts, books, and posts. For this podcast and post, it refers to our students when they are about to take a break from college. A.K.A. “Stop Out.”
A STUDENT COMES INTO YOUR OFFICE AND SAYS: “I’M THINKING OF STOPPING OUT.”
- Advise your student to exit properly. Drop your courses, don’t just pack your bags and hit the road.
- They may be able to obtain a medical withdrawal. They should meet with the registrar to discover their options.
- If they have their sights set on another university, teach them how to accomplish that transition. Often our student don’t know how to do this.
- It might be that the best next step for them is to not stop out.
- Get a good idea why things are not working out.
- Confidentially, inquire as to why they are thinking about stopping out.
- You might discover that they are having only one large problem and everything else is going very well.
- Offer options to their situation that they may not be aware of.
- Inquire: Are you having a time problem? Are you having relationship issues? Why do you want to stop?
- You can offer to write a letter of recommendation for them.
- You can stay in touch with them, even though they have left college. “How are you doing, are you able to return to college?”
- Remind your student about what you have seen them to well. They can really use that encouragement.
- Pause, take time to talk to them when they need it the most.
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