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Edu 124 Career Planning

This one-credit graded course helps students make satisfying decisions regarding college majors and careers. Students explore career options by learning how their attitudes, beliefs, interests, skills, values, and lifestyle preferences blend with elements of certain occupations. For schedule and registration information, please consult the Campus Connection under the Education Department course listings.

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Edu 123 Study Skills

This is a one-credit graded course that helps students develop skills necessary for successful academic achievement. Course topics include motivation, procrastination, time management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, and stress management. For schedule and registration information, please consult Campus Connection under Education Department course listings.

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Active Minds

Active Minds is the nation's only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health among college students. The organization serves as the young adult voice in mental health advocacy on over one hundred college campuses nationwide. In less than five years, Active Minds has grown from a single campus chapter to a nonprofit organization on over one hundred campuses nationwide and in Canada. The organization has been featured in The New York Times , on CNN, Good Morning America, Newsweek , and others for its effective and unique approach to addressing the mental health needs of college students.

Chapters plan events such as panel discussions, Silver Wristband Campaigns for the Brain, movie screenings, keynote speakers, stress-relief activities, and Stomp out Stigma Runs, that follow the four basic tenets of the Active Minds mission:

Work to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders
Stigma is highly attributable to silence. The fact that people do not, and can not, talk comfortably and openly about mental health issues causes ignorance and misunderstanding. Active Minds’ goal is to break down that wall of silence, and destigmatize mental health.

Educate students about the prevalence of mental health disorders; the risks, signs and symptoms of particular disorders; and available resources for seeking help.Early help-seeking promotes recovery! By educating students about the prevalence and warning signs of mental health disorders, and the fact that many disorders first present themselves within the age cohort of 15- 24, Active Minds encourages students to be aware of their mental health and seek help as soon as help is needed.

Expose students to the “mentally ill”--particularly young adults living with a mental health disorder. By putting a face on mental illness, and showing students that we are all affected, Active Minds normalizes mental health disorders and breaks down the misconception that "the mentally ill" are only the people seen in the movies or on the streets. Our peers, and others we highly respect, may be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. But they are able to live full lives with their diagnosis.

Plan campus-friendly events that attract as much of the school community as possible.

The purpose of Active Minds is to reach all members of the community. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health disorder at any given time – which means that essentially everyone on campus is somehow affected. The goal is to destigmatize mental health disorders on the whole campus, and promote mental health awareness and good mental health among ALL students!!

Please contact Natalie at 231-7671 for further details, and information on how to become involved!

For more information about Active Minds, go to this website:

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Meditation for Stress Management And Improved Focus

Beginning on August 25, we will begin our Fall 2014 meeting time of Mondays at 3:00-4:00 (excluding university holidays), at the Counseling Center (Group Room), 212 Ceres Hall.

Please note, no meeting on Monday September 1, Labor Day

**New for fall 2014--optional group book discussion of Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Wherever You Go, There You Are" immediately following the meditation until 4:30--an opportunity to discuss how we are working with mindfulness in our own lives!**

The Meditation Group offered by the Counseling Center is a chance to get together with others in the NDSU community to practice mindfulness meditation for increased awareness, presence, and well-being. The group, which has been ongoing since Fall 2001, is open to NDSU students, faculty, and staff, and is free of charge. All levels are welcome! Beginners can learn and practice meditation basics, while those more experienced with meditation can maintain their meditation practice in an informal group environment.

Mindfulness is a way of being that involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to-moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. Much more than a relaxation technique or concentration skill, mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable "ups and downs" of life.

New members are always welcome, and no advance registration is necessary; feel free to show up any time during the semester if interested! Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and be sure to arrive on time since the door is locked once the meditation begins. Chairs and meditation cushions will be avalable, depending on preference. All sessions are held in the Counseling Center, 212 Ceres Hall, in the group testing room. (Note: Please stop to announce yourself at the reception desk before proceeding back to the room.)

It is not necessary to come to all the meetings in order to attend the group; you are welcome to attend whenever you can. Please note, however, that it is important to arrive on time when you come, as the door is locked promptly at the start of meditation to avoid interruptions.

Please keep watching this site for announcements of updates, cancellations and changes.

View our Meditation & Mindfulness Page, including general information, suggested readings and links to online audio meditations.

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Study Space

Every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00pm at the Counseling Center in Ceres Hall 212, beginning on September 2, 2014<//span>This hour allows students to bring in whatever homework or thesis/dissertation work needs to be done. Students will have access to quiet study spaces while also being able to work with academic counselors to improve homework habits, such as ways to take notes, different textbook reading styles, and how to access other on-campus resources. The group is free and open to all  NDSU students. Contact Jaryn or Natalie if you have questions, at 701-231-7671.<//span>

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"The Gifts of Imperfection"

A book discussion group.  Every day we receive images and messages from society and the media telling us who or what we should be.  If only we could live perfect lives, then we would no longer feel inadequate.  This important book is about our journey in life from ‘What will people think?’ to ‘I am enough.’ Group discussion will meet weekly starting on Wednesday, October 1st , from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Counseling Center, and run through Wednesday, December 10th.  Please contact Marlys at the Counseling Center, 231-7671, or by email,,  if you have questions or to register.  The only cost for this group is the book.

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Thursdays, beginning on October 9, 2014
Counseling Center (Ceres 212)

Making the transition to college is sometimes like playing a board game. There are lots of pieces involved, lots of moves available, and lots of strategies. Sometimes, we even need to make adjustments to our strategies. The purpose of this group is to help you do just that! The group aims to help you deal with numerous aspects related to transitioning to college. From homesickness to study habits, come learn skills and discuss your experiences. This group is free and open to all first-year NDSU students. Please contact Lindsey or Jason if you have questions, at 701-231-7671.



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Graduate Student Support Group

Open to any NDSU graduate student. Group focus is to provide a safe place for students to meet one another, discuss challenges and struggles they may be experiencing while working in their graduate program or within the personal life, and to be able to build friendships and offer support to fellow graduate students across academic disciplines. 

This fall the group will meet on Fridays from 12pm-1:30pm in the Counseling Center group room.   If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at


If interested, please contact Amber Bach-Gorman at 231-7671 or by email at

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Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop Fall 2014

Free 8-week workshop at the Counseling Center for NDSU students, faculty, and staff!

According to author Jon Kabat-Zinn, "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment." (Kabat-Zinn, J. ,1994, Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.p. 4). 

Mindfulness is a way of being in which you bring awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to-moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. Much more than a relaxation technique or concentration skill, mindfulness entails a way of being that can open the door to a whole new way of experiencing and responding to the inevitable "ups and downs" of life. 

This workshop is geared towards those who are either brand new or relatively new to mindfulness. It can either stand alone, or serve as a precursor for those who would like more familiarity with mindfulness before attending the Counseling Center's ongoing weekly Meditation for Stress Management Group (see above). 

Each week will address a different facet of mindfulness through the use of discussion, readings, handouts, and a variety of experiential mindfulness meditation practices. The goal of the workshop will be to plant seeds from which participants can grow their own mindfulness practice and start to apply mindfulness in their daily lives.

The weekly topics are as follows:

Week 1) Introduction/Automatic Pilot
Week 2) Mindfulness of the Body
Week 3) Mindfulness of the Breath
Week 4) Radical Acceptance
Week 5) Mindfulness of Thoughts
Week 6) Mindfulness of Emotions
Week 7) Vipassana (Insight) Meditation
Week 8) Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation

This free 8-week workshop will meet weekly on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. September 25th  through November 13th at the Counseling Center (212 Ceres Hall) group room. Advance sign-up (by calling the Counseling Center, 701-231-7671) is necessary before 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 19th  in order to plan appropriately for the number of participants.

Please note that attendance at the first session is mandatory in order to attend the remainder of the sessions, since the first session introduces mindfulness, and is the foundation on which all the following sessions will be based.  It is also highly recommended that you commit to attend all the following sessions, both because each session builds on the next, and also because group discussions will be an important part of the workshop--so each member’s participation adds to the benefit of the group experience.

Please also note that in order to participate in the Intro. to Mindfulness Workshop, you must be part of the NDSU campus community (student, faculty, or staff member).

For further information on mindfulness and meditation, please see our Meditation and Mindfulness Page

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Career Workshops

The workshops are free and open to any NDSU student:

  • 10/31: 3:00 p.m.
  • 11/3: 9:00 a.m.
  • 11/4: 1:00 p.m.
  • 11/5: 12:00 p.m.
  • 11/10: 12:00 p.m.

Academic Skills Workshop

Not earning the grades you had hoped?? Well, come brush up on your study skills and hopefully raise your grades! This Workshop will run every Thursday of the Fall Semester from 12:00-12:50pm at the NDSU Counseling Center (Ceres Hall 212), beginning on August 28, 2014. The Workshop is free and open to any NDSU student. Questions? Email or call 231-7671 and ask for Jaryn.

AUG. 28 and OCT. 9: Time Management & Organization

SEPT. 11 and NOV. 13: Effective Note-Taking & Textbook Reading

SEPT. 4 and NOV. 20: Learning Styles

SEPT. 18: Concentration & Memory

SEPT. 25 and NOV. 6: Stress Management

OCT. 2: Effective Writing

OCT. 16 & 23 and DEC. 4, 12, & 18: Test Prep & Taking

OCT. 30: Motivation & Procrastination

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North Dakota State University
Counseling Center
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7671
Campus address: Ceres Hall 212
Physical/delivery address: 212 Ceres Hall, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5120 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Monday, October 20, 2014 9:11:10 AM