The Student Support, Nagoya University is a newly launched organization that was reorganized from the Student Support Center on April 1, 2021. The Student Support Center itself is a new organization established in April 2019, based on the Center for Student Counseling established in 2001, for the purpose of further enhancing support for students in accordance with the changing times. However, as the spread of the new coronavirus disease has had a serious impact on the physical and mental health of students, the importance of student support has been reaffirmed, and this has led to another reorganization. In April 2020, the Tokai National Higher Education and Research System was established. This reorganization has enabled us to build a strong framework for collaboration with Gifu University in student support.
The Student Support Center consisted of three offices: the Student Counseling Office, the Career Support Office, and the Office for Students with Disabilities. The Student Counseling Office becomes the Student Counseling Center, the Career Support Office is now the Career Support Center, and the Office for Students with Disabilities changes to the Ability Support Center. The change of name from “Office” to “Center” is not just a change of signboard. Each center will be able to respond to the needs of students more autonomously and flexibly under the direction of the center director, and a consistent student support system is in effect from admission to graduation. In addition, we have decided to change the name of the former Office for the Students with Disabilities to the “Ability Support Center” in order to provide support that not only addresses disabilities but also enables each student to demonstrate his or her individuality.
Have you ever consulted with a specialist about your studies, career paths, or physical and mental health? In school education, the mind of independence and self-reliance is often emphasized, and it may have been considered undesirable to consult with others about one’s problems. However, school life up to high school and campus life at university are very different. The scope of your activities, both physically and in terms of human relationships, expands rapidly, and your relationships with the people around you become more complex. Under such circumstances, when a problem arises, it is not feasible to try to solve it all on your own. In addition, with the spread of the new coronavirus infection, I believe that there are many students who are worried and troubled. Even if they want to share the anxieties and worries, the current situation in which students are not able to interact with each other in the same way as in the past is probably making them suffer even more. However, keeping your anxieties and worries to yourself will not lead to a solution in any way. It is natural for people to have worries. And the worries of adolescents are not the same in quality and quantity as before. If you have worries, you should not be afraid to talk about them with the people around you. If you feel uncomfortable talking to those around you, please visit the specialists at the Student Support. In the Student Support, there are experts who can help you with your problems and support your campus life. All of us at the Student Support will do our best to support you so that you can enjoy a richer campus life and leave for the world safely.