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Final review sessions, like this one from 2019, can be a valuable tool for Wildcats. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2021) — There are many factors that contribute to your success as a student at the University of Kentucky — academics, health and wellness, finances and career preparation, to name a few.

When you're struggling in one area, you can often feel the impact in others.

Luckily, you don't have to go it alone thanks to Integrated Success Coaching, a part of the Office for Student Success.

“Integrated Success Coaches partner with students to inspire them to maximize their potential,” said Julie Bradley, assistant director of coaching, “We recognize that no two students' path to graduation is the same. Our coaches work with each student’s unique strengths to assist them in developing their optimal path for success.”

So, who are the Integrated Success Coaches? Each coach is a current UK graduate student or full-time staff member who has been certified, or is in the process of becoming certified, by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Each coach has been cross-trained to gain competency across the six major dimensions of student success:

  • academics;

  • wellness;

  • career exploration;

  • leadership development;

  • financial wellness; and

  • identity.

Some of the most frequent topics discussed in coaching sessions include setting and reaching goals, motivation and time management, school/work/life balance and health and wellness planning. Many students also see a coach to improve general academic skills like note-taking and study strategies.

Integrated Success Coaching is always free, and appointments are available both in-person and virtually via Zoom. Visit myUK to sign up for your first appointment today. For more information about Integrated Success Coaching, visit www.uky.edu/iscoach or email iscoach@uky.edu.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.