Editorial: Use the help students have available


City College’s increase of odd and outlandish behavior should surprise no one once you look at the current climate we live in.

Unemployment is up, tuition has risen, and classes are crowded. You may even know someone serving overseas. The instability in our lives is unnerving.

Worse yet, the outlook isn’t bright and help is already scarce. City College is low on the state’s list of priorities of who will gain funding when it becomes available.

We must make do with what we have available.

This includes simply being aware of the resources you have at your dispense, how to use them, and how to go about finding additional help.

First off, an average stressed student’s needs are a given. Our workload should be evidence we can’t simply do it alone.

Community college students don’t get the luxury of living in dorms.

Many first-year students live in their own apartments. At four-year institutions, dorms have assistance for students who need it.

But with our tuition costs, the school can only give us what we pay for.

A reduced cost for education means we also accept a reduced amount of support.

For those students who need specialized assistance, City College has the Disabled Students and Programs. With the increase in enrollment, the increase of students with specialized needs is bound to increase as well.

Has the school increased its staff or support in the past years? Or enlarged the Health and Wellness Center to offset the general increase of the population?

Not at the level needed to handle the student increases. There’s simply no money for it.

As the amount of students increase, so does the amount of those who may be out of control, possibly dangerous or criminal.

Again, an overall increase in students leads to an increase in every subpopulation there is.

The answer for these students is simple. Please take your behavior elsewhere, this is an institution of higher learning and you have no place here.

The college offers six free 45 minutes counseling sessions to any student taking at least one unit. While these sessions are often booked for weeks, they are another option for students in need.

Another outlet that may not be generally acknowledged as potentially helpful is the personal development class on campus. Students can enroll in the class and be eligible for the counseling sessions, which are available for anyone taking at least a unit.

So before anyone turns to acting out, or feels unable to handle the stress in their life, utilize what little we do have.

It may not be much, but it is certainly a better option.