Every so often, students visit with me to tell me they are struggling with a course or courses. “Everything’s getting me down,” they’ll say. “I just don’t know what to do.” What do I tell them?
Take a hike!
Of course, that’s not the first thing I tell them.
We obviously discuss the reasons for their concerns and develop strategies to get back on track. Usually it’s about ways to improve organizational and time management skills. Pointing out key resources such as services provided by the CSC Office of Academic Success and Project Strive are also helpful.
One of the things I always emphasize, however, is to find time to switch gears by doing something therapeutic, something the student likes. It can be anything from going for a jog, riding a bike, or lifting weights. And, it doesn’t have to be physical. Take a break and play a game of chess or listen to your favorite songs.
My personal favorite is hiking. With so many hills here on the south side of campus, hiking is a natural. Look for the hills to help. They happen to be some of the best therapists around…
The hills are therapists,
self-disclosing gently-used trails
to those banking low on esteem.
Climbing, we share aisles of alliance
with milkweed or coneflower;
and the sandy blowouts
Nebraskans know so well.
We can actually feel
the hills in our shoes-
empathy in extra-wide.
They have a knack
what little strength is left,
helping us to see such triumphs
as grasshoppers vaulting
a bee hive box, tumbleweed
catching a crosswind, fleabane
purpling a rock face.
Up here, we grow handsomely
rich; overly paid in full
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dvs. (Photographer). (2017, October 12). Ridges in Chadron State Park [Digital Image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/46207792@N00/37743290551