Student Advisor – Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden
It has been proven through research and past experience, that students and the academic staff of Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden have the same notion when it comes to the definition of academic wellbeing i.e. “the balance between sources owned and the academic achievement.”
Throughout the time in the institution, students are healthy physically and psychologically, have good social relationships with the academic staff, friends and the people where they live, and have future visions; with the conditions, there is assistance and support from the staff and they live in a conducive environment.
Unfortunately, they also agree that there are factors that may endanger students wellbeing, which can be categorized into three – external, personal and psychological.
External factors are mostly related to the educational issues such as the relationships with the academic staff; big size group assignments; facilities and resources such as internet connections and literature; staff professionalism, structure and clarity of the module, unconducive environment, and grading systems.
Other than that, family issues such as divorce, health and death very often force the students to terminate their education to return home. Financial issues, which mostly are related to students’ inability to manage as due to the temptations students excessively spend their money on extracurricular activities and travelling, also persist.
The discrepancies between the academic’s expectation and the students’ wrong expectation they bring from home also contribute to the failure to achieving the academic wellbeing.
Personal issues range from solidarity and subsequently inability to decline friends’ influence to go enjoy the night life, personal problems like love life, limited amount of planning and preparation prior to their departure and some learning disabilities like dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Psychological issues are mostly the declining of the motivation and homesickness. Others are stress and depression, anxiety, fear and safety issues and the loss of interest.
It has been the management of Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden’s (STMS) commitment to assist the student through their time in STMS and to ensure the students’ wellbeing, therefore, the management of SUB offers an assistance through a student advisor.
An advisor, however, is not a counsellor, nor a psychologist thus cannot provide solutions. A student advisor’s main tasks are to lend an ear, offer a shoulder to cry on and help find ways to solve the problems or may advise students to go to the right practitioners if needed.
Thus, if students experience any of the issues above, or even if they need to unload the burdening issues in their mind, Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden offers support and professional guidance to the students in full confidentiality.
Dr Dra Erna Z Wiles, M.Hum
Module Coordinator and lecturer
Universitas Triatma Mulya Stenden-Bali