This is College: Thoughts of a Peer Academic Advisor vol 5.0

Peer Academic Advisor: Lena Shalaby
Major: Biology (BA)
Class: Senior

“The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence”


No one really likes to talk about the hardships or tough circumstances they go through, as that can be very discouraging to oneself. But in all honesty, sometimes all the confusion of college years and all the pressure that comes with it can lead to feelings of despair or hopelessness, when dealt with alone. Nowadays, people only show the good side of life, whether it’s through non-genuine smiles, social media, or even small-scale conversations. The truth is we all go through rough patches, and it is okay to talk about it in order to deal with it in an adequate manner; and that is regardless of the situation that is the cause. In fact, we should talk about it.

The decisions we make during college years sometimes feel like they will either make or break our whole entire life. On the contrary, we each have the power to change the course of our lives and decisions we made at any time we choose, although that is hard to see in the blur of our negative emotions. That is why it is essential to talk things out with others, to help us see things and the light at the end of the tunnel a little clearer.

Being open and vulnerable with others about our struggles helps us realize that, in fact, we are not alone in dealing with hardships; in doing so, it can even help us stay accountable and in check. Talking with friends and families is a great way to build friendships on a deeper level. However, sometimes there is the need to let our thoughts out to someone who does not know us too personally. In the need of doing so, George Mason University has offered us a great deal of resources, specialized in dealing with many different things.

From academic advising to personal care, here is a list of some of the great resources (located in SUB1) every GMU student and staff should know:

  1. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  2. Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions (CAART)
  3. Learning Services
  4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Resources (LGBTQ Resources)
  5. Office of Disability Services (ODS)
  6. Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education (ODIME)
  7. Student Health Services
  8. Student Support and Advocacy Center(formerly WAVES)
    1. Main number

24-Hour Sexual Assault/Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Hotline

SUB I Tenant List