JANUARY 25, 3008
January – Getting back into the swing of things
Welcome back, Pitt-Greensburg families. Hopefully, everyone had a fun and restful winter break. It’s a new semester, a new year, and while the academic year is half over and some may feel like college is becoming routine, there are some new stressors and opportunities for your students at this time.
First, returning to campus, particularly for resident students, can feel like a milder version of August move-in. A little post-holiday let-down, or a little homesickness after being home for 3 weeks is not unusual. Encouraging your student to tough it out and get connected on campus is still good advice. If the low mood doesn’t improve in a couple of weeks, you might suggest your student stop by the Counseling Center. This is the time of year when those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD – a type of depression related to reduced hours of daylight) can really suffer.
After seeing last semesters’ grade reports, some students may decide getting back into the swing of things is not good enough. Some students may need to make some significant changes, and the start of a semester is a good time to do so. One main behavior change for many students is improving attendance. Starting the semester by attending every class for the first few weeks makes it a habit that’s much easier to stick with. If your student has returned to Pitt-Greensburg with the optimistic attitude that this semester will be different, help her/him stay on track by offering positive encouragement and praise.
As always, feel free to contact the Counseling Center with any questions or concerns.
Gayle F. Pamerleau, LCSW
Director of Counseling
Prayer Rugs, Music Videos,
Contemporary Egyptian Culture
Richard Cahill studied Middle Eastern history at the University of
California at Santa Barbara, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1996. From
1996 through 2002, Dr. Cahill lived in Cairo, Egypt, while directing an
academic program for university students from the United States called the
Middle East Studies Program. In addition, he has led many study tours
through the Middle East including Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon,
and Turkey. He is fluent in the Egyptian dialect of Arabic. He is
currently associate professor of history and director of international
education at Berea College in Kentucky, where he teaches on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the contemporary Middle East, and Islam.