In addition to the resources available to you on campus, we have provided some for you to explore on your own.  Whether you’re trying to figure out how to cite a source from  Vimeo, cope with critique, or just plain manage, the resources below can assist you.  If you have a resource you would like to share with your colleagues, please send it to [email protected] so we can include it.

Study Skills

Life Skills

Social Justice



Accommodations are available for students with diagnosed physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities upon request. Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the Director of Student Life as soon as possible upon arrival to begin the accommodation process. If the accommodations are relevant to on-campus housing, this process should begin with the first housing inquiry. Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively. Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is reasonable and appropriate and may include but are not limited to: extended time on tests and in-class assignments, note-taking assistance or access to class notes, flexible course scheduling, and/or reduced course load.

The Office of Student Life will support students in communicating with professors to arrange and implement the approved accommodations. Students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate with their faculty, but are not required to disclose specific diagnoses. Upon student request, a letter will be sent to faculty members outlining approved accommodations and beginning the dialogue toward implementation for that semester. Given the variable nature of courses at Watkins, we recommend that students meet with the Director of Student Life at the beginning of each semester to reevaluate appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Psychological and psychiatric disorders include a broad range of diagnoses, including, bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, schizophrenia, general anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and many others. Any of these conditions may be a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, if they impact a major life activity. Typically, persons with psychological or psychiatric disorders are not identifiable by appearance, and they are not noticeably disabled. Yet, these individuals may need accommodations in order to fully participate in a post-secondary program.

For additional information contact the Director of Student life. Kristina Krau Waymire can be contacted at 615.277.7406 or at [email protected] and is located in the Cecy Reed Student Center.


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film recognizes that stress and other issues can affect our academic and personal lives. Watkins has a partnership with an area counseling practice which covers the cost of counseling for all current students.

The counseling service through Watkins is a professional counseling service offered on campus which is designed to help students identify problems and seek solutions. The program provides assistance in most personal problems such as drug/alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, problems caused by legal/financial worries, abuse and others. When students feel or believe that a problem exists and want the assistance of a professional counselor, they may contact the Office of Student Life OR refer themselves. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and privacy is absolutely respected.

Students may call the Association for Guidance, Aid, Placement and Empathy (AGAPE) at (615) 781-3000 to speak with an intake counselor and to make arrangements for a first appointment. The counselor is available for multiple sessions each week, however sessions fill quickly so call today to schedule an appointment. For questions about the program or other counseling resources available in the area, student may seek the advice of the Director of Student Life who will keep all matters confidential to the greatest extent possible and can refer the student to the appropriate resources.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center at Watkins, located in the Watkins Library, offers paper outlining, research, editing, and citation guidance, as well as grammar tutorials and ESL conversation sessions.

Now offering recurring appointments for long-term help with creative writing or thesis projects.

Email: [email protected]

For additional information and useful resource links, check out The Writing Center page.

Staying Healthy


All students of Watkins receive a waiver for the enrollment fee from all area branches of the Middle TN YMCA. Students need to only present a valid Watkins student ID card to receive this benefit. The monthly membership rate for the center-only membership or citywide membership is assessed based on income. The Northwest YMCA is conveniently located within five minutes of Watkins at 3700 Ashland City Hwy. Students are encouraged to utilize this neighboring facility. For additional information, visit or contact the Director of Student Life.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Nashville-the Mayor’s Office

Substance Abuse Recovery

YMCA of Middle Tennessee