What to Expect
Student Health Services is an important part of the educational experience at MSJC and helps support students cope with both the physical and mental stresses of college life. Learning to master these challenges will enhance a student’s personal, physical, psychological, interpersonal, educational, and career development while at MSJC and long after leaving our campus community for bigger and better things. Because students enter MSJC with varying skills and experiences, we attempt to meet each student at their personal need level, whether the student is in a crisis situation, experiencing and exacerbation of a long standing problem, or anticipating any potential forthcoming changes.
It is vital that students feel free to talk openly about any concerns they may have. To encourage frank discussions, all sessions are confidential as specified by state and federal laws. Concerns or questions about privacy can be discussed at the time of your visit.
As a currently enrolled student (taking 1 or more credits) at Mt. San Jacinto College, you are eligible to use Student Health Services. Once you make an appointment to talk with a Health Services Clinician, here’s what you can expect.
For many students, it’s a new experience to discuss difficult personal matters with a health services clinician. Often students begin by saying, “I’m not sure where to start…” or, “This feels awkward…” Before you begin, here are several things to consider.
In the past, you may have been able to handle physical limitations, pressures of college, work, and personal life alone. You may have even tried discussing situations with friends, relatives, or others. Sometimes, these people care so much about your well-being that they become over-involved in the situation and lose their ability to give an objective viewpoint. The health services clinician may offer a different perspective and may help you develop new strategies and solutions. How is this done?
By discussing the topics of concern. As you get ready for your upcoming appointment try to keep at the top of your mind:
- The nature and extent of the problem with specific details
- Why it’s a problem for you now
- How it interferes with your life and progress at MSJC
- How you’ve tried to deal with it
- What has been successful and what hasn’t
- Some alternatives acceptable to you
- Goals for behavioral and situational changes
With this information, you and our health services clinicians can create a plan together to overcome any obstacle.