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The Advisor in All of Us: Week 9
Academic Advising – Fight, Flee, or Freeze
By: Elven Riley
Humans, which on most days includes faculty and students, all react to fears of failure and embarrassment with thoughts of fight, flee, or freeze. We also avoid activity that interfere with our abilities to engage in creativity, critical and innovative thinking, and emotional engagement with others.
Between today, the first day of classes for the Spring semester, and 9 days from now on Tuesday January 22, your students must choose. The last day of Add/Drop is the first day after Martin Luther King Monday holiday, and each student must decide the relationship they will, or will not, have with you for the next 14 weeks. I have always had my own demons to deal with at the start of every class, flee being my go-to instinct. But over time, empathy for the shared experience of apprehension has allowed more open discussion this first week of classes.
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