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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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Art of Living Class

Experience The Art of Living  (EDU 126)

  The objectives of the course are:

1.  To help students gain increased knowledge of self and how they interact with the world around them.

2.  To help students apply improved skills in the use of study strategies and resources, starting and maintaining healthy relationships, mindfulness, resiliency, goal setting, and making healthy choices related to the use of alcohol and other drugs.

This one credit class will be held from 2:00 – 2:50 PM, Wednesday, in Ceres 212.  Class size is limited to nine students.  For more information, contact Bill Burns (NDSU Counseling Center, 231-7671).

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 Imroved 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!

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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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. 

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

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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: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:08:52 AM