Congratulations on being selected to be a part of the “You + 1” Program! It’s quite an honor that our student at Santa Monica College has selected YOU to be a “+1” or “coach.”
As you’ve heard, college isn’t easy. There is a lot to learn, and a whole new world to navigate. Often times, the college road is a bumpy one, and students may feel like they want to give up. That’s where your job comes in. As a “+ 1,” we encourage you to make time to encourage and listen to your student. We know and you know your student can do this, but at times your student is going to need your support, listening ear, reassurance, and inspiration.
Having someone believe in you is a powerful thing. Let your student know how you feel. Talk about your student’s strengths and gifts. Students need help understanding that every process is a journey with ups and downs, successes and failures. This is life, and college is no different. If students want to be successful and achieve their dreams, they have to be willing to fight the fight and pick themselves up when they fall. They also have to take time to celebrate when they succeed – no matter how small the success or gain. Let your student know that you will always be there – to offer an encouraging word, to share a cup of coffee or to listen to hopes and dreams and even fears.
Please remember the wise words of Maya Angelou. It’s not what you will say and it’s not even what you will do, it’s how you will make your student feel. Congratulations again! We are thrilled to have you in the “You + 1” program!