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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

Top Six Services in College!

 College can be hard to navigate with many students not knowing what resources to utilize. I remember feeling this way as a first generation college student who faced many barriers. Now being in a doctoral program and working in higher education I’ve learned several things along the way that I often share with students who were just like me. 

Figure 1: This is a photo of the thumbnail from my latest YouTube video on "Top 6 College Services You Need!" where I am holding up 6 fingers while looking at the camera. I am in my office wearing a Coral colored shirt. 


Let’s take a look at my top six services that every student should know about:

1. TRIO: A federally funded program to help disadvantaged students succeed in college. They provide 1:1 tutoring, purchase students books, and other helpful services.

2. Student Health: Provides little to no cost medical assistance. You can even have medication prescribed, X-rays, & other helpful services.

3. Counseling: We are in a mental health revolution y’all and counseling has now become a priority. This service is typically already paid for through your student fees to ensure that you are being provided with free counseling and other mental health based services. 

Figure 2: This is a photo that says TRIO in capital black and red letters. 


4. The Food Pantry: Many campuses provide a food pantry or place where students can pick up free food and toiletries. 

5. Career Services: You should not leave your university without a resume, interview clothes, or an internship experience. This is the office that handles each of these tasks and more.

6. Student Disability Services: Of course I saved the best for last ! If you have a disability then be sure that you register with this office as soon as you arrive on campus. Many students are surprised that there documentation or accommodation did not magically float to our desks. This will not happen due to the change in laws from high school to college so be sure to advocate for yourself by reaching out!



Figure 3: This is a photo of a food pantry that shows various packaged foods. 


Were you aware of these services ? Did I miss any? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out my latest video on the subject and don’t forget to subscribe! 

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