• 50/50 Peer Counselors during Welcome Weekend
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors painting the Wall to welcome students
  • 50/50 Peer Counselor painting the Wall to welcome students

FIFTY-FIFTY: A Peer Helping Service

Hartwick College counseling center offers students the option to meet with a trained peer for those who may feel more comfortable talking with a fellow student. 50-50 members are extensively trained and will "meet you halfway" by offering you information and support in a safe, non judgmental atmosphere.

MEET THE 2013-2014 "Fifty-Fifty" PEER HELPERS...

2013-14 50-50 Members

(front row, l-r) Oscar, Andrea (middle row, l-r) Troy*, Danielle, Nele, Derek, Kelsey, Cassie*, Adrianna (very back) Brendan

Oscar Baawuah, a senior from Bronx, NY. 
His major is Chemistry, with a minor in Economics.
Adrianna Benjamin, a junior from Brooklyn, NY.
Her major is Biology/Pre-Med. Adrianna is a member of SOSU/BU (Society of Sisters United/Brothers United).
Derek Rexford, a senior from Guilderland, NY.
His major is Education and Studio Arts. Derek is a member of the Education Club.
Andrea Gonzales, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela.
Her major is Economics and Pre Engineering, with minors in Science and Math. Andrea is a member of Student Senate, the treasurer of Slopes Club, a member of AOpi sorority and a member of Orchesis Club.
Danielle Dillard, a senior from Apalachin, NY.  
Her major is Anthropology with a minor in Biology/Pre-Med. Danielle is a member of Student Senate, Pre-Med Club and FCA (Fellowship for Christian Athletes).
Brendan Griffin, a junior from Suffern, NY. 
His major is Biology/Pre Med. Brendan is the Vice President of SOSU/BU (Society of Sisters United/Brothers United) and a member of the Men's Basketball team.
Nele Languell, a senior from Scotia, NY. 
Her major is Chemistry with a minor in Biology. Nele is a Cross Country Runner.
Kelsey Wegener, a sophomore from Voorheesville, NY. 
Her majors are Psychology and Sociology. Kelsey is the Co-President of The Women's Center, President of the Softball Club, a member of Hartwick Overnight Program and member of the Psychology Club. 

How Can A 50-50 Peer Helper Help You? 

  • Listening and understanding
  • Problem solving assistance
  • Provide education, information and/or resources
  • Offer guidance & support
  • Referrals to campus professionals

50-50 Peer Helpers maintain your privacy at all times and sign a confidentiality agreement with Hartwick College. Members are supervised by and have access to the counseling center staff for support and guidance.

What Are The Benefits Of Peer Helping?

Peer helping assists students to feel capable, understood and responsible. Peer helpers educate other students about decision-making skills, improving communication skills to understand others and to be understood. In addition peer helping enables students to learn action skills to help prevent substance abuse, enhance self-esteem, reduce loneliness, promote health, and support academic and personal achievement.

Why Would You Go To 50-50?

  • Stress
  • Homesickness
  • Adjustment issues
  • Roommate conflicts
  • Classroom struggles
  • Future planning & goals
  • Time management
  • Campus involvement
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

How Do I Make An Appointment With a 50-50 Peer Helper?

NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED, just drop in during office hours to meet with a 50-50 peer helper. If you wish to schedule an appointment, call or email the 50-50 office. 
Location: Dewar Union, 3rd floor
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 11am - 2pm & Sun-Thurs, 6-9pm
Campus Extension: 5050
Email: Fiftyfifty@hartwick.edu

How Can I Become A 50-50 Peer Helper?

Each spring semester, the counseling center accepts applications for students interested in becoming a member of the "Fifty-Fifty" Peer Helping program. Interviews are conducted each spring; new members are carefully selected and extensively trained.