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First Generation students

Being a first-generation college student is an amazing accomplishment, and Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC) wants to support you as you navigate your unique and exciting journey here. However, being a college student can be a challenge and especially so if you are the first in your family to earn a college degree. Some of the issues specific to first-generation students include the following:

  • Pressure to be academically successful not only for you, but for your family.
  • Feeling like everyone understands how college life works except you
  • Self-doubt about your abilities Not being able to ask your parents what to do
  • Feeling afraid to lose your identity within your family or community – you develop and change as you grow, but your family and community do not
  • Feeling confused about social rules Worrying about finances

Clinicians at BUCC can offer individual, couples, and group counseling to help decrease distress related to the challenges of university life. Additionally, clinicians can help you navigate the pressures of being a first-generation student and balancing academic, social, emotional, and family responsibilities.

Beyond counseling, Baylor University offers several services that may be useful for first-generation students:

For support in dealing with pressures of college life, visit “First in Line” https://www.baylor.edu/firstinline.

“First in Line” is a network of staff and faculty who either were first-gen students themselves, or have expressed interest in directly working with first-gen students. This department offers help to students in many different avenues of college life.

To find support in navigating academic life, consider getting a peer mentor https://www.baylor.edu/firstinline/index.php?id=928492 or finding an academic mentor https://www.baylor.edu/support_programs/index.php?id=22922.

If you are struggling to maintain your cultural identity, Multicultural Affairs can assist in fostering belonging https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural.

For added social support, consider joining the First in Line Student Society https://www.baylor.edu/firstinline/index.php?id=928491.

Financial concerns can be addressed by the Financial Aid Office https://www.baylor.edu/sfs/ or First in Line https://www.baylor.edu/firstinline/index.php?id=928495.

“The Store” is a food pantry on campus for students who do not have reliable access to nutritious foods https://www.baylor.edu/ssi/index.php?id=947350

For support in looking for internships and jobs, including help in writing cover letters and resumes, and preparing for interviews, please visit the Office of Career and Professional Development https://www.baylor.edu/cpd.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through counseling, or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212.

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  

Graduate Students

Congratulations! You’ve accepted the challenge of completing an advanced degree at Baylor University. While the responsibilities of graduate school are exciting, oftentimes graduate students face unique challenges related to balancing academic success and a thriving personal life. Common issues for graduate students include the following:

  • Balancing a family with academic work
  • Time management
  • Navigating relationships with supervisors and professors
  • Starting and completing a thesis or dissertation
  • Financing or finishing your degree
  • Career changes or concerns

The clinicians at Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC) can offer individual, couples, and group counseling to graduate students to help promote success and stability while you are working on a graduate degree. The demands of graduate school can be particularly hard on students with families of their own and significant relationships. BUCC can help guide graduate students in dealing with academic pressures and relationship issues. 

Beyond counseling, Baylor University has several services that are specific to graduate students.

For support in time management with academics, we encourage you to visit the Paul L. Foster Success Center https://www.baylor.edu/support_programs.

To encourage success in managing professional relationships, we suggest seeking services through the Office of Career and Professional Development https://www.baylor.edu/cpd.

Support for the thesis and dissertation process can be found at the Graduate Writing Center https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=99100.

Financial concerns can be addressed with the Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid https://www.baylor.edu/sfs or here https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=98338.

To navigate career concerns, seek guidance from the Office of Career and Professional Development https://www.baylor.edu/cpd.

To explore career options or obtain resources for career paths https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=925581.

For concerns with language abilities, visit the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=865332.

Workshops on graduate life can be found here https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=98895.

Graduate resources for STEM fields can be found here https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=927749.

Female graduate students can seek support from Women in the Academy https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=98896.

To find ways to increase personal well-being visit here https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/currentstudents/index.php?id=948341.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through counseling, or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially on ReportIt at https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212.

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  

International Students

Beginning college can be a time for transitions for any student, but especially for international students. Adjusting to a new country, culture, and academic system can be both exiting and demanding. Living in a new culture can present multiple challenges. Often the differences are interesting and even fun at first; but over time, it can become exhausting to have to adjust to so many new things at once. Some of the common issues that arise for international students include the following:

  • Adjusting to a new culture and academic system
  • Missing home but not being able to go home often, or not wanting to go home
  • Difficulty completing academic work in a foreign language
  • Concerns about how your family may react to the choices you are making
  • Roommate conflicts
  • Immigration and visa concerns
  • Not being understood when you express yourself in your usual manner
  • Finding out that some people are prejudiced against others from different cultures
  • Relationship concerns (dating, friendships, social isolation)

We recognize that while counseling is a common practice in the U.S. for people with emotional difficulties, individuals in your home country may not have the same views toward counseling. At Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC), we are respectful of those differences and want to collaborate with you on how to meet your needs and goals best. Our staff are trained in working with students from different cultural backgrounds and work to provide a safe, welcoming, and culturally sensitive environment.

Beyond counseling, BUCC encourages you to seek out other services offered by Baylor University that can be helpful to international students.

To find support while adjusting to a new culture, visit the Center for Global Engagement https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement/index.php?id=924982 as well as the PAWS Programs https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement/index.php?id=925440.

Support in adjusting to a new educational system can be found through Academic Coaching https://www.baylor.edu/support_programs/index.php?id=22923.

Support for relationship navigation can be addressed with a counselor or through Let’s Talk https://www.baylor.edu/counseling_center/index.php?id=937128.

Immigration and visa concerns can be addressed by International Student and Scholar Services https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement/index.php?id=925431 and more information can be found here https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement/doc.php/249121.pdf.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through the Office of Global Engagement, https://www.baylor.edu/globalengagement/ or counseling or through the Department of Multicultural Affairs https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural or you can report your concern anonymously at “EthicsPoint” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which contains a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212.

If you feel isolated, we encourage you to get involved with multicultural student organizations https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural/index.php?id=924780 or through student resources offered by Multicultural Affairs https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural/index.php?id=43363.

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  
Sexual and Gender Minority Students

Students who identify as sexual minorities may experience additional struggles on top of those already experienced by most college students. Research shows that compared to the general population, sexual minorities are more likely to:

  • Experience mental health issues
  • Die by suicide
  • Have a higher prevalence of abusing substances
  • Engage in unhealthy relationships that include physical and verbal abuse
  • Be bullied and harassed
  • Be cyberbullied

Struggling with issues around your identity in isolation often intensifies psychological distress. On the other hand, being cared for, connected and supported by others is the top protective factor for sexual minority students’ mental health. To this end, BUCC offers a group program for students navigating issues around sexual identities. It seeks to provide a caring and supportive community where students can journey together as they explore their sexual identities as it relates to their mental wellbeing.

Discrimination in any form has no place in Baylor’s caring community. If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through counseling or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212..

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  

Clinicians at the Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC) are committed to providing culturally sensitive and confidential services to students who identify as sexual or gender minorities. BUCC seeks to be a place where everyone is treated with respect, justice, grace and understanding as we strive to provide clinical services to all Baylor students within our caring Christian community. We recognize the complexity of current issues around sexual and gender identity and desire to engage these conversations with courage, humility, convicted civility, and compassion.

Students of Color

Students of color may experience the same difficulties that white students on a college campus might face. Some of these issues include depression, anxiety, academic concerns, relational difficulties, trauma, grief, and career decision making. However, some issues that might be specifically relevant to students of color include the following:

  • Experiencing racism
  • Adjusting to the racial/ethnic culture of campus
  • Communication difficulties with people of different cultures
  • Fears/anxiety related to racial identity
  • Feeling singled out

     

Clinicians at Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC) welcomes students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our staff is committed to our own on-going growth and development to improve our ability to integrate culturally bound values and practices into the clinical work that we do. We invite you to consult with us on any of the above stated issues or other concerns you may be currently experiencing.

See the BUCC Diversity Vision Statement https://www.baylor.edu/counseling_center/index.php?id=936587

Beyond counseling, BUCC encourages you to seek the support of resources on campus that can be helpful to students of color.

To find support as a student of color at Baylor, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural.

To join a multicultural organization visit here https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural/index.php?id=38017.

Other resources for students of color can be found through Multicultural Affairs https://www.baylor.edu/multicultural/index.php?id=43363.

Women and men of color can gather together to experience encouragement and connectedness https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=935690.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through counseling, or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212.

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  

Students with Disabilities

It is important that students with disabilities at Baylor receive support from on-campus resources. These resources can aid in achieving personal and academic goals and Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC) is a part of that support system. Our clinicians offer a safe and welcoming environment for students with disabilities to share their experiences, or talk about concerns including emotions, relationships, and academics. BUCC recognizes that disability influences a student’s life but does not define them.

Some of the common issues that arise for students with disabilities include the following:

  • Navigating the accommodations process and arranging support services
  • Experiencing discrimination
  • Housing and transportation that fit personal needs
  • Knowing rights as an individual with a disability
  • Feeling singled out

The Office of Access and Learning Accommodation (OALA) https://www.baylor.edu/oala/index.php?id=26126 is the best first point of contact for students at Baylor with a disability or disability-related concern. Disabilities can include physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional challenges that affect one or more daily tasks in the life of a student. Some examples include visual or auditory impairments, physical limitations, cognitive-processing difficulties, learning disabilities, or psychological disabilities.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through OALA or counseling, or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212..

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  

Transfer Students

Hello! We are glad you chose to come to Baylor! You may be coming from a large or small school; and either way there are many new things for you to see and become familiar with at Baylor. It is completely normal if you are feeling stressed, excited, or overwhelmed by the transition of coming to a new campus. Below are some specific concerns that often relate to transfer students:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or stressed about the unfamiliarity of Baylor
  • Not knowing how to get connected with other students
  • Homesickness
  • Not knowing how to find support on campus
  • Adjusting to a new academic system

The staff at Baylor University Counseling Center (BUCC) recognize that transitioning to a new place can be overwhelming. Oftentimes, so many changes at once can lead to stress, depression, or feelings of fear. We support transfer students by helping them cope with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to your adjustment to Baylor. 

In addition, the Office of Transfer Student Success https://www.baylor.edu/transfersuccess/index.php?id=927808 offers multiple resources and avenues of support specific to transfer students. This office can help you address “transfer shock,” help you become more socially involved on campus, and offer specific housing support.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through the Office of Transfer Student Success or through counseling, or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212.

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .  

Veteran-Students

Student veterans bring their unique strengths and experiences and contribute to the diversity of Baylor campus. However, some veterans face challenges when beginning or returning to college. Issues that are often experienced by student veterans include the following:

  • Difficulty relating to peers who hold different values or have had different life experiences
  • Navigating the cultural difference between higher education and the military
  • Balancing multiple roles
  • Experiencing feelings of purposelessness
  • Feeling misunderstood by others
  • Increased drinking and drug use
  • Experiencing intrusive thoughts from experiencing distressing situations

Clinicians at Baylor University Counseling Center BUCC promote the personal wellbeing and the academic success of student veterans by providing counseling services. BUCC provides a confidential environment where veterans can openly examine and discuss concerns. Some of the services we provide include individual, couples, and group therapy, Let’s Talk informal consultation, and on-campus and community referrals. 

In addition, Veteran Educational and Transition Services (VETS) offers programs to maximize your success, tools and resources specific to veteran students, support from other veteran students, financial and academic support https://www.baylor.edu/vets/index.php?id=867959.

If you are faced with issues of prejudice, we recommend that you seek support through VETS or through counseling; or you can report your concern anonymously on “EthicsPoint” at https://www.baylor.edu/gr/index.php?id=871540 or confidentially at “ReportIt” https://www.baylor.edu/reportit/?_buref=1155-90749 which includes a link to the Bias Response Team https://www.baylor.edu/diversity/index.php?id=953212.

To seek support if you or someone you know has experienced an incident(s) of sexual and gender-based harassment and/or interpersonal violence you can contact the TIX Office https://www.baylor.edu/titleix/ .