Individuals Who Have Tried College Before
Some individuals come to Northwest College Support-Boise with a previous college experience. Reasons for these previous unsuccessful college attempts are infinite. Sometimes individuals start a term strong, but at some point through the term find following through extremely difficult. Individuals may experience anxiety or overwhelming stress through the term. Northwest College Support provides services that help students overcome what held them back from their collegiate goals in the past.
Due to the wide range of challenges that may lead to a student to experience a lack of success in college, there is no “one-size-fits-all” plan. Below is just one example of how a student who attempted college, but was unsuccessful due to anxiety, might benefit from the supports provided by Northwest College Support.
Individual Counseling is a primary support components that is necessary in assisting an individual with past college attempts. A counselor helps students process past self-perceived failures. Then counselors help create new, internal strength and confidence moving forward down a new college path. Counselors help students with anxiety by helping individuals gain necessary coping strategies that address anxiety. Individual counseling is beneficial as students create new identities focusing successes and goals of the future instead of struggles in the past. Our therapists are licensed counselors and social workers with experience in a range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. The amount of weekly counseling necessary for a student is determined on an initial team evaluation, with significant input from students and families. All students are required to work with a psychotherapist at least once per week. Family therapy is also available on a case-by-case basis.
Students with past college attempts work with an Educational Coach to first evaluate the struggles that have happened in the past academically. The coach works with the student to develop an approach which addresses these challenges in the upcoming school term. An educational coach teaches specific skills the student did not have in previous college attempts. Educational Coaches work with students throughout the term ensuring they feel supported yet held accountable at the same time. The amount of educational coaching is based on student’s needs and goals. Typically, a plan starts with a higher amount of coaching at the beginning of the term, and then decrease as the term progresses. The ultimate goal of educational coaching is for students to internalize the skills they are being taught, becoming good self managers.
Students with past college attempts might have struggled academically because of challenges happening outside of education. Such life challenges as relationship struggles, substance abuse, health issues, or poor time management can contribute to academic failure. Life challenges are addressed by supporting and a re-focusing goals. A life coach works with the student to focus on a variety of new goals. These goals could relate to healthy living patterns, life organization, or better time management. The amount of life coaching is based on the goals and needs of the student. The amount of life coaching a student receives is based on a collaborative evaluation, with input from students and families. All students initially are assigned to meet with a life coach at least once per week.