Let's Talk

Mondays 2:30-4:30 pm

OIA

"Let's Talk" is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from the Student Counseling Service. There is no appointment or fee necessary. This service would be helpful for students who:

  • are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor;
  • are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor on an issue;
  • have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through;
  • have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.

At the Office of International Affairs, Mike Pietrus serves as the Let’s Talk counselor. The service is available to students and their dependents. 

To arrange a meeting, simply stop by OIA on a Monday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and ask to see Mike or tell the front desk receptionist that you are here for Let's Talk. You will be able to meet with Mike as soon as he is free; since this is a walk-in service, you may have to wait a few minutes.

While you may not have any serious issues that would require formal counseling, you may find it helpful to chat with Mike about something that has you puzzled, frustrated, or just unsure how to proceed. Is there an intrusive neighbor in your life and you don't quite know how to deal with him/her? Has it been a particularly difficult weekend with the kids? Is there a project that you really want to take on, but for reasons you cannot figure out you can't seem to make progress? Is there a conversation you feel you need to have with your professor, but you don't quite know how to open the lines of communication? Americans think of counseling as one of the many resources people use in their daily lives. We think of it as similar to having a consultant to assist with our tax issues or a mentor who can provide a different perspective on our academic work, for example. So, come visit OIA for Let's Talk!

This service is also available to domestic students and their dependents in the University.