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" ("50/50") by offering you information and support in a safe, non judgmental atmosphere.
MEET THE 2014-2015 "Fifty-Fifty" PEER HELPERS...
Adrianna Benjamin, a senior from Brooklyn, NY
Andrea Gonzales, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela
MAJOR: Economics and Pre Engineering MINOR: Science and Math
Brendan Griffin, a senior from Suffern, NY
MAJOR: Biology/Pre Med
Kelsey Wegener, a junior from Voorheesville, NY
MAJOR: Psychology and Sociology
Omar Russo, a junior from Mastic, NY
MAJOR: Spanish and Pre-Law
Heather Sims, a junior from Brick, NJ
Lily Holt, a junior from Shutesbury, MA
Brooke Johnson, a sophomore from Richlands, NC
MAJOR: English Education
Josh Rubin, a sophomore from West Islip, NY
MAJOR: Anthropology and Political Science
Eliza McCue Gonzalez, a sophomore from East Greenbush, NY
How Can A 50/50 Peer Helper Help You?
- Offer support and guidance
- Listen and understand from a peer point of view
- Problem solve with you
- Provide education, information and/or resources
- 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, Gary Robinson and Brandy Hubard 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 and assist in improving communication skills to understand others and to be understood. In addition peer helping enables students to learn action skills to enhance self-esteem, reduce loneliness, promote health and support academic and personal achievement.
Why Would You Go To 50-50?
- Adjustment issues
- Roommate conflict
- Classroom challenges
- Future planning & goals
- Time management
- Campus involvement
- Relationship problems
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
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.