Student Counseling ServicesA department in the Division of Student Affairs, is the primary counseling center for Auburn University's undergraduate and graduate student community. Getting Started
The mission of SCS is to provide comprehensive preventative and clinical mental health services to enhance the psychological well-being of individual students, as well as the broader campus culture. We are committed to supporting the academic, retention, and student development missions of Auburn University, so students can have a balanced university experience and take full advantage of the educational opportunities at the university.
SCS is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity, and our staff welcomes all students. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive and affirming climate for individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities, sizes, socioeconomic statuses, languages, and cultures.
Getting Started at SCS
Student Counseling Services
Finals week: running on no sleep, drinking what seemed like gallons of coffee, and basically living at RBD library. Recall the stress of taking up to six exams in less than a week? Not so fun. If only you had a live-in masseuse at your new home away from home for the week. That would be nice, huh? Well it is current Auburn University students’ reality… at least for the day.
For the past three years, Student Counseling Services (SCS) and Health Promotion and Wellness Services have offered a final exams week stress reduction event at the library where students could come by and grab a free snack, make their own stress ball, create animal balloons, play games, chat with a counselor and get a free massage.
Stress will eventually pass and there are ways to decrease its impact like
- journaling stressful thoughts,
- deep breathing,
- visualization, and
- seeking support from others
according to Dr. Brandy Smith, Staff Psychologist at SCS.
For many, this is the busiest time of year with classroom deadlines, gift shopping, and final exams. So take some time to relax and reflect on what’s most important in your life, the work will get done – it always does.
What are your most effective relaxation strategies? What helped you survive final exams? Share them! Want to see and experience it in person? Come by RBD during final exams week Spring 2103 but don’t fight with the students over who gets the massages.
Academic Performance Enhancement and Support Group is a six-week group meeting during which students will learn mental skills that will help them manage the pressures that come with performing in their classes at a high level. Learn how to be mentally tough by addressing:
- Emotional Control
- Focused Attention
- Use of Imagery and Relaxation
What sort of transitions should I expect?
First of all, welcome to the Auburn family! For many students, the transition to college is also the transition of being on one’s own. This transition can be scary, but also very exciting. At Student Counseling Services, we are here to help you manage the transitions so that you can make the most out of this exciting time!