Getting to know Bill Tennil

Jordan Washington –

Counselors are an integral part of the college experience.

College students can and will go through issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety. Often, students may fear going to see the counselor because they fear that that is a sign of weakness, because openly accepting that something is not right with our state of being is often seen as a sign of weakness by society.

Bill Tennil is the Director of the Templeton Counseling Center here at IC and has been here since the 2008-2009 academic year.  Students may be happy to see him around campus because of his infectious smile and positive demeanor, or they may be weary of him due to his job position. However, there is so much more to him than that title or what meets the eye. He likes playing golf, he loves helping others, and he enjoys outdoor activities.

He is always willing to lend a listening ear to students’ concerns. Tennil likes to, “help students come to terms with what they’re doing in life.” He especially likes to help college students and younger individuals because after college most students will enter the real world, and he would like to help them find their own distinct path while here, so they could apply that to their world after they graduate.

Overall, Mr. Tennil enjoys his job, but it does have its downsides. Due to him and his wife being in similar professions, she is a social worker, “Evenings and weekends are our times to recharge.” They both hear a lot of very emotional things on a weekly/daily basis, so to be able to detach themselves from their work only allows to them to further help individuals in the long run.Besides work, Tennil enjoys playing golf. “I’m not the greatest golfer, but it’s still a great game to play!” he later exclaimed. He also likes to participate in activities such as hiking and boating due to his love for the outdoors. He has two children, a son and a daughter, who both recently got married. Although Tennil is an ‘empty nester’, as he explained, he is looking forward to having grandkids in the near future because he also loves children, and he loves to be around his family.

Mr. Tennil also holds an MSW and a B.A, but he is still working on his PhD.  He also hopes to continue being a counselor because even if it does take an emotional toll on him, he really enjoys helping people get through their toughest of times. However, he hopes that people will also come talk to him when they have something positive going on in their lives. Either way, Tennil loves listening to young adults to help them find their own unique path in life.
Tennil’s advice for young students is that, “Life is a journey,” and that you will get through it. It might be a little rough, but you will make it through.

Jordan Washington, from Olympia Fields, Illinois, is a senior majoring in English with a double minor in Music and Communications at Illinois College. Jordan is the Opinions Editor for The Rambler , a consultant at the Campus Writing Center, a member of Forte , and a member of the Percussion Ensemble.

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