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Tim McHargue
Counselor / Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Coordinator

"My advice is deceptively simple: spend time figuring out what you were meant to do with your life and what kind of life you desire to lead."

Please talk about your experiences working with disabled students:

I have worked with students with disabilities for most of my career, first as a counselor and school psychologist in K-12 and then as a learning disability specialist, psychologist and coordinator of disability services in the community college system. I have been at Folsom Lake College for 5 years and have helped build the Disables Students Programs and Services (DSPS) as a coordinator and counselor since arriving at this lovely college.

What advice would you give to a new college student?

My advice is deceptively simple: spend time figuring out what you were meant to do with your life and what kind of life you desire to lead. This means wrestling with the question of what you believe, what is important to you, and how you can use your talents to their greatest advantage. Then, after gaining glimpses of answers to these questions, figure out how you get where you want to go. Choose a major that helps make the above manifest and that incorporates your passions and pleasures. Then collect interesting experiences and adventures. Some of these will occur in college.

What’s the favorite part of your job?

Listening to the variety of experiences that students bring to the college community. Helping students explore ideas and concepts that will set them on a passionate and productive life journey. Working with the great team of individuals that gravitate to a college campus. Educating and being educated in the process.

What was your proudest moment working with students?

Recently we organized an art show of artwork created by students with disabilities in the Los Rios College District. We had an amazing array of talented artists submit and the opening and closing receptions were very well attended. I am proud that I was able to facilitate the public display of such an impressive body of work, and able to showcase the many talents and abilities of the students I am fortunate to work with.

Tim McHargue has his B.A. and M.S. from CSU, Sacramento and Ed.D. from University of the Pacific.

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