New resource counselor available in Student Affairs

Published: August 25th, 2014

Category: News

headshotfBy Laura Hogan
Staff writer

He is a violin player, a nature enthusiast and a five-year-old when he plays with his son. He is a husband to Melissa, an attorney who practices injury law in Gainesville. He is a father to Elijah, who just started kindergarten.

Leif Stringer is also now “the guy in student affairs” or just Leif. Officially, he is the new resource counselor at UF Law, but he said he doesn’t want to counsel students.

“I’m not here to advise or provide answers,” Stringer said. “I’m just here to support the students.”

Stringer said students know themselves better than anyone, and they already have the answers to their questions within themselves. He just wants to help them uncover those solutions and understand themselves.

“I want them to see their greatness,” he said. “I seek out the strengths of law students and staff in order for them to cultivate and maintain happiness over time.”

Stringer has been at UF Law for about two weeks and was excited to have already talked to several students. He ate lunch with a group of students in the cafeteria on Tuesday.

Students can stop by his office in student affairs to chat or email him at stringer@law.ufl.edu to make an appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Stringer said he offers students the opportunity to talk about their concerns in a private and non-judgmental setting. He is trying to remove the obstacles they have when it comes to approaching counselors.

“Seeking counseling does not imply weakness,” he said. “In fact, the opposite is true. It takes courage and vulnerability to come from behind intellectualizations.”

Stringer said he wants to give students someone he didn’t have: a person who will listen and empathize. He is looking forward to having “authentic conversations” with them.