Students should never feel alone. It is important for them to feel they have others to support them along their educational path. This includes friends and family who can pitch in to cook meals, watch kids so a student can put in extra hours on a paper, or help students recover from an emotional setback such as a sub-par grade.
It is also important for an institution’s student services team members to both be a part of this network and also have visibility into each student’s unique support system to identify problems and provide recommendations. This will help with brainstorming, problem solving, and navigating difficult situations. In addition, if someone in the student’s network is not being supportive, such as a manager or spouse, it is important to arm the student with tactics for engaging in conversations with those individuals or help to identify others who can contribute in a positive way.