The Counselling Cell, an integral part of HITK, is a student support service intended to help students adapt and make the best of their learning environment.
College is a time of transition, change and new experiences for students. Among college bound individuals, a constellation of stressors is frequently experienced. Stress may arise from challenging course loads, problems in managing ones’ time and personal finances, tension related to examinations and challenges in creating and maintaining satisfying interpersonal relationships; potentially leading to increased levels of depression, anxiety, academic failure and emotional exhaustion.
However, successful negotiation of this transition has been linked to better psychological adjustment, fewer risk behaviours and academic success. Counselling provides students with such successful conciliation during this transition period. The Counselling Cell also helps the student to gain insight into his/her area of interest, aptitude, personality, anxiety etc.
Students can come for counselling on any matter that might be troubling them. Some of the common problems among the college students are as follows:
Poor study skills/Time management.
Difficulty in adjusting to college.
Choice of specialization
Poor listening / Communication ability
Difficulty in following class lectures
Career Related Problems
Confusion regarding choice of career
The students also feel the sudden increased autonomy over personal issues during this transition period. At times this freedom from parental control leads to several personal problems including frequent absenteeism in college, excessive influence of friends, attraction and problems associated with opposite gender. The personal problems also generates from the followings:
Thoughts of suicide
Relationship problems within or outside family
Addiction (of any kind)
Negative thinking or low self esteem/ self confidence
Conflict with friend/Handling peer pressure
Counselling service provides a confidential environment where the students can express themselves relating to problems that may be painful or uncomfortable. Counselling helps the student to explore the situation and find solution or answer for a problem. Through counselling an attempt is made to assist the student to organize himself/herself better, to attain a more satisfying and resourceful way of living. The Students’ Counsellor who is the coordinator of the cell, may be contacted at email@example.com