Sometimes even 1 session is enough

I was in extension year n i was very tense. I was doing 3 course in summer...at mid summer i was worried about one course ...if i get FR In any course then i may have to spend one more semester...my worry was...i  will not get hostel accommodation ...n i belong to very poor family...

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Walking to SWC, The Best Decision I have made in my undergraduate years.

Hello Reader, I am writing this to share my experience with the student welfare centre and counselling services at IIT Bombay. I am Athul, 3rd Year Undergraduate of Aerospace Engineering Department. In my 5th semester, I took a PoR which is very rare for a 3rd year student. I started feeling hyper-loaded one week into it. I found myself in a very tight schedule. I even messed up one of my quizzes which added fuel to the fire in my mind. I was afraid if I mess up my endsems too. I couldn’t sleep for a few days because of this. Then I thought of walking into the student welfare centre.

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Our mind feeling unwell is an equally important issue

"When our body is feeling unwell then we don't hesitate to take help of an expert to help our body get well. Why don't we do so for our mind? Our mind feeling unwell is an equally important issue, in fact even more because living with an unsound mind can be more torturous than living in an unwell body. The experts which help us take care of an unwell mind are counsellors. There is much taboo concerning counselling, but it is nothing but taking expert help when we are unable to solve our problem ourselves.

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Learning to survive IIT..

Getting a chance to build up my career at IIT in the prosperous city of Mumbai was my dream all along and when I met it, I was on the top of the world. I left my near and dear ones 2000 km behind with hopes to make new friends as I moved to Mumbai. But my ecstasy did not last long amidst the extreme professionalism and daily rat race. Horrendous pressure of deadlines and worst quality food were seriously affecting my health. To add on to that, repeated strikes from my batch mates out of selfishness and jealousy literally broke my mental strength.

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"Counselling Changed My Life"

I was an extension student when I met Ms. Anisha Mathews. All of my friends had graduated and I was feeling very down. One of my friends insisted on me going to the wellness center. I agreed and sent out an email. That’s how I met Anisha ma’am.

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Life-changing Experience

When I came for the first meeting with my counsellor Miss Anjali...I had a tons of questions inside me...I was feeling weird too that I am mentally unstable that I have to meet her.." a counsellor"...though it was my decision only...but gradually all my doubts, questions were patiently answered. My anger and aggression. which was my primary concern has been significantly reduced. Moreover, I have inculcated many good habits like reading books. writing poems etc. Every week she used to give me good books to read and later we discuss on it.

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Right Intervention at the Right Time

I am a new Ph.D. student in I.I.T. Bombay and in the beginning of semester due to so much pressure I was totally lost and was not able to understand any thing that was happening to me. I was in great trouble personally. Then I decided to talk to student wellness center in campus  and the counselor treated me so well and really CAUGHT THE POINT that what is missing in my efforts. She gave me the right  advise  and with in  a week I was in my best  mental shape and now I am going on with my work.

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I started Healing the moment I felt Heard

I am a PhD student . I had just finished the first semester in IIT and I had been feeling too low and depressed because I had never been through such an amount of stress. I developed severe anxiety. Initially it was low but then it  I became suicidal and only thing which was coming to my mind was run away. I was clueless and couldn't identify what the problem was where I was stuck. Friends tried to help but they couldn't understand and I found there was no solution.

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Counselling made me Mentally strong and Self-dependent Emotionally

 

Today I am sharing my experience of counseling. I can feel that I have become mentally strong and self-dependent emotionally; the major credit goes to counseling!

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Acceptance is more Important than Perfection

 

Towards the end of my PhD journey, when I ran out of energy, I was left with probably the last leg of the PhD- a few experiments and then thewriting up. The experiments were done in a month, but the paper writing seemed like never ending. It started to stress me out and I became veryanxious as to when it will finish.

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