• 50/50 Peer Counselors
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors during Welcome Weekend
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors during Holiday Dinner
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors wearing holiday hats

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 2015-2016 "Fifty-Fifty" PEER HELPERS

50/50 2015-2016 Members

(top row): Nikky, Eliza, Lily, Heather, Kelsey
  (bottom row): Morgan, Brooke, Riley, Noah, Maddie

Morgan DeSimone: Sophomore from New Paltz, NY
Major: Nursing Minor: Biology *Member of Alpha Omicron Pi

Nikky-Ann Duncan: Sophomore from Plainville, CT
Major: Psychology and Art *Member of Residential Life, Psychology Club, and Sigma Alpha Iota

Lily Holt: Senior from Amherst, MA
Major: Nursing *Member of HCASN (Hartwick College Association of Student Nurses) and Women's Center

Noah Jager: Senior from North Kingston, RI
Major: Biology/Pre-Med and Spanish *Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Commencement Committee, All-Greek,  Order of Omega, Pre-Med Club, Honors Program, and Student Senate E-Board

Brooke Johnson: Junior from Richlands, NC
Major: English Education, Sociology, and French *Member of Education Club, Women's Center, HCAB (Hartwick Campus Activities Board), and CIV (Community Involvement and Volunteerism)

Eliza McCue-Gonzalez: Junior from East Greenbush, NY
Major: Sociology *Member of Hartwick Up 'til Dawn and Phi Sigma Phi

Maddie Paz: Sophomore from Southbury, CT
Major: Psychology and Studio Art *Member of Women's Center

Riley Phillips: Junior from Binghamton, NY
Major: Sociology *Member of Gamma Phi Delta and Not So Sharp

Heather Sims: Senior from Brick, NJ
Major: Sociology *Co-President of the Women's Center 

Kelsey Wegener: Senior from Voorheesville, NY
Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology *Co-President of the Women's Center *Member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Not So Sharp, Habitat for Humanity, Order of Omega, Honors Program, Psi Chi, Alpha Kappa Delta, and Commencement Committee

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 Victoria Tarbell 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?

  • Stress
  • Homesickness
  • Adjustment issues
  • Roommate conflict
  • Classroom challenges
  • 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.