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Getting Things Done

The Getting Things Done groups are for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students who are struggling and may not be performing up to their potential due to procrastination or poor time management. The groups are organized by the Berick Center for Student Advising, in collaboration with Dr. Shirley Matthews of Counseling and Psychological Services, to create a community of support and accountability. Members will have the opportunity to learn time management strategies and, with the support of the group, break free from the negative patterns that may be preventing them from accomplishing their personal and academic goals. Participants will learn cognitive behavioral techniques that can increase efficiency, effectiveness, competence and confidence, thereby improving their ability to get things done.

Groups will be co-facilitated by two staff members in the Berick Center for Student Advising and will meet weekly for 75 minutes. The groups aim to create a safe space in which anything shared will be treated as confidential, unless facilitators have concerns for a participant’s well-being or for the safety of other community members. The facilitators’ main concerns are for each group member’s personal development and well-being. There may be times when facilitators will also refer participants to outside resources, such as Counseling and Psychological Services, CSA Tutoring or the Office of Disability Services, if these seem appropriate.

Each group will consist of about eight students, each of whom will commit to attending the 75-minute weekly meeting for the remainder of the semester.

Beginning Friday, February 14th there will be one group meeting 10:30–11:45 a.m. This group will be open to first-year-senior Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduates.

If you are interested in either of these groups, please complete the form below.

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.