Student Success Labs

Become fearless, become stronger; become more!

This series of workshops prepares students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Students are encouraged to attend one or all of the sessions which have include presentations by Faculty, Deans, administrators and renowned experts.  
What did previous attendees like most about the series?


"The diversity of speakers and their engagement, and fresh tips and options for academics and life in general."


All sessions held in the Academy Hall Auditorium, at 4 p.m.
February 14 Time Management with Louis Trzepacz
February 21 (Monday Schedule) Motivation I with Lydia Rest
February 28 Motivation II with Lydia Rest
March 7 Resilience I with Keith Anderson
March 21 Resilience II with Keith Anderson
March 28 Help Seeking with Nii Opare-Addo
April 4  Mindfulness I with Sheryl Spencer
April 11 Resilience III with Keith Anderson
April 18 Mindfulness II with Sheryl Spencer
April 25 Academic Anxiety and Preparedness and finals
May 2 Student Success Micro-Labs (Truncated Time Management, Resilience, Mindfulness and more)
Dr. Keith Anderson Resilence I, II, III with Dr. Keith Anderson

Building resilience is a critical strategy in developing a self that is able to tolerate adversity and succeed in difficult situations. While many people can persist when things are easy or enjoyable, being resilient means having the ability to manage distress and to bounce back in difficult situations or environments. This important skill is not something you learn from a book, but from managing the experiences of life.

Session I Slides
Session II Slides

Dr. Keith Anderson Academic Anxiety with Dr. Keith Anderson This workshop is designed to help you better understand the causes of academic anxiety and to help you develop strategies to prevent  this problem. Concerns about academic success are one of the most common sources of anxiety on our campus.  In fact, anxiety is one of the most common reasons students come to the Rensselaer Counseling Center.  Often, academic anxiety is so difficult to manage, it interferes with your ability to make academic progress.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take control of your academic performance. 

Motivation and Change I, II with Lydia Rest

Do you put things off until the last minute only to be disappointed by the outcome?  Learn how to develop and maintain motivation to achieve goals to make change in your life. Whether you want to spend more time on school work or learn to play the piano, making change requires a specific set of steps to ensure success.  You can achieve your goals, but you need the right equipment.  Join Lydia Rest, LCSW for this hands-on lecture.

Slides from the first session are available here.

Mindfulness with Sheryl Spencer Learn about the benefits particularly in assisting with stress, and overall cognition. Begin the practice and see if it affects your progress towards you goals. Come learn what all the buzz is about and why companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn and many more in Silicon Valley are employing these techniques. In this session Sheryl Spencer, LCSW will introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation.
What it Takes with Nii Opare-Addo

In this presentation, we will address the various barriers that students across the country face when seeking help. We will explore various researches on the success rates of college students who seek help versus those who don’t.

In seeking help, the student must identify first, what kind of help the student wants, i.e. financial help, academics, student experience, mental health, etc. We will explore how RPI continues to reaffirm its commitment to student retention, and the various resources readily available on campus to help students be successful during their times at RPI.

During this presentation, we will conduct a few surveys via voting (students will vote with their cell phone. Standard messaging rates will apply) and explore the misconceptions and myths surrounding seeking help. RPI students constantly have a huge load of responsibilities and priorities on their plates, and this presentation’s goal is to help students properly respond to their priorities, sometimes by seeking the right kind of help. 

Time Management with Louis Trzepacz During this session you will learn how scarcity arrests the brain and how it sabotages you. You'll hear about how strange our decision making processes can be and how to avoid time traps. Finally, we will discuss strategies you can employ to practice being more productive and connecting productivity to your values and goals.
Academic Prep for finals with David Milford The finish line is in sight learn how to finish strong through preparation and savvy techniques.