Undergraduate Programs

Some Tips from Clarkson’s Counseling Center

Here at Clarkson’s Counseling Center, we’re happy to help in any way we can with a variety of needs from the adjustment to college, to stress management during your most challenging times in school. We are an option for all students here on campus and each of us brings our own experiences and styles to assist with whatever you may need. 

Take a moment to watch this quick video tour of our space and learn more about where we are located, what we do, and to meet some of our staff. 

Here is a collection of advice from some of our staff at the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC)

Coreen Bohl headshot

“The best time to come to counseling is when you first think you might need it. Hopefully, we can help you to not need it for very long, if you do need it for longer, we are here for you.”

I think it is important for everyone to know that coming to counseling is very common. I would encourage someone who might be hesitant to come to consider calling and come in and check it out. You can come once and not return if it’s not your thing. 


“Let yourself explore… don’t be afraid to use the resources on campus”  

Nancy Cerio headshot

I really enjoy the amount of growth, the cognitive changes, the emotional changes, the social changes, and the value changes that occur during this time period. Other than toddler years this is the most growth-oriented time in a person’s life. I love helping people figure out who they want to be in this office and out, with their peers, and family. I encourage thinking about one’s selves as a young adult. 


“College is a time to evolve”

Aram Gomez Headshot

Parents, and family members- One of the challenges of being a parent is to be able to recognize growth in our children and to be able to allow them to explore and have that opportunity to grow. One of the things here at Clarkson is students have those growth opportunities. We provide them with a safe space where they can realize their full potential. One of the challenges is to be able to hold our concerns and anxieties lightly and allow our students to flourish where they can and be there as supports. 


“Be easy and compassionate with yourself during this transition”

Amanda Knapp headshot

It has been a difficult year for many and the transition to college may be a new stressor or even could be an added relief. Just remember to be easy on yourself!


“You don’t have to go through an emotional breakdown to come to us, we are here as a help and support resource on campus.”

Yasmeen Zaidi headshot

So if you just want to vent or process certain issues that is fine. A lot of times students wait until they are going through a difficult emotional situation and they don’t have to. We understand that there can be a stigma to seeking our services but there does not have to be.


Our Counselors’ Tips: General Stress Management!

To finish up we asked each of the counselors for some general tips for all students. These are the ones they feel are most important for your success as a college student.

  • Avoid the all-nighter
  • Pace yourself
  • Embrace the opportunities around you!
  • Don’t leave behind the things that you enjoy- bring them with you and integrate them into your daily lifestyle here
  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Maintain a good sleep and work schedule so you are not rushing to get things done

Contact Us:

Educational Resource Center (ERC) 1300 Phone: 315-268-6633

During the academic year, Student Health And Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. SHAC is also open to students during the summer, Monday through Friday, generally from 8 am – 4 pm.

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