There are many points to consider when deciding whether to take a leave because of health and wellness concerns. The first is whether there are available resources that may assist you in remaining a student while navigating your health or well-being issue. The campus offers many resources that may assist you if you have physical and/or emotional concerns. University Health Services (UHS) provides free medical care to all students, regardless of whether you have the Student Health Plan. Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) provides free short-term counseling, crisis intervention, group counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication management. If you need ongoing counseling, CPS can connect you with affordable resources in the community.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also consider connecting with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). You can register with ODS for accommodations, even if your medical or emotional issue is temporary rather than ongoing. Academic accommodations can allow you to keep up with your schoolwork while simultaneously managing a temporary or chronic disability. We also encourage you to speak with the deans or directors of student life in your residential college. They can be excellent sources of support and can work to help you figure out how to negotiate any academic difficulties or other concerns you may be experiencing as a result of your health or well-being issue.
Maintaining your health and well-being while also navigating life as a full-time student can be daunting. There may be times when your health or well-being issue impedes your ability to achieve your academic goals. If this is the case, taking time away to address the issue is often helpful. Being able to focus on your treatment full-time before returning to school can often be a crucial element in addressing your issue and figuring out the best ways to cope. Sometimes students report feeling embarrassed or ashamed that they need to take time away for a health and well-being issue. But it is a sign of maturity and courage to acknowledge that you are struggling and to seek out help. Prioritizing your health is often the best and most important thing you can do for yourself.