Thoughts on "What Students Really Need to Hear"

By Lindsay Ritenbaugh

Many of you have seen this circulating on social media. It's a blog post written by an educator to his students. While it appears to be written for high school students (cough, free education), there are many applicable sections for the work we do in student affairs.

Whether your students are finishing up their semester, completing midterms this week (hey, quarter system!), or preparing for life after college: make sure they know how much you care about them. I try to make this a priority for each student with whom I interact.

Like the author stated, "You need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person." Shout out to Schlossberg (1989) and her study on marginality and mattering. 

This article also reminds me of a powerful program at the University of Florida called U Matter We Care. I encourage you to watch this video to learn more.

How have you encouraged the students who have come into your office, meetings, or presence this week? 

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