• 50/50 Peer Counselors painting the Wall to welcome students
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors welcome first-year students
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors
  • 50/50 Peer Counselors 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" ("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
MAJOR: Biology/Pre-Med

 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
MAJOR: Sociology

 Lily Holt, a junior from Shutesbury, MA
MAJOR: Nursing

 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
MAJOR: Psychology  

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?

  • 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.