Myth: Other people can do everything on their own easily. I should be able to do everything by myself without asking for help. If I ask for help, people will think I am stupid or incompetent.
Problem: Approaching asking for help as a sign of weakness or failure makes you less likely to thrive.
Fact: Struggle is natural and common. People need to work together to grow and support one another.
Sea otters love interdependence so much they hold hands while they sleep so they don't float away from their trusted partners!
In the Holistic Learning Program, we see many students struggling to parse out past experiences from present ones when accessing support. Many students have had bad experiences with teachers or care providers in the past, and feel distressed just being in our office. The Knowledge Commons and its partner programs have a proactive service model, so you can get the quality academic support you need.
And if you're not comfortable working with staff, or want to do some work on your own, our Reflect on Educational Experience and Reflect on Disability Experience handouts can help you reflect on your past, future goals, and relationship to support services.