Fifty-Fifty: A Peer Counseling Service

The Hartwick College counseling center offers students who may feel more comfortable talking with a fellow student the option to meet with a trained peer.

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 2018-2019 Fifty-Fifty Peer Counselors

Laura Agnew ’19
Glenmont, NY
Major: Public Health
President of NAMI on Campus, Member of Alpha Omicron Pi

Lydia Anderson ’20
Watervliet, NY
Majors: English, Education
Member of Alpha Omicron Pi and National Society of Leadership and Success

Lauren Ashe ’19
Springfield, MA
Major: Psychology
Vice President of LEADS, Member of Phi Sigma Phi

Sofie Brennan ’19
Clifton Park, NY
Major: Nursing
President of LEADS, Secretary of Habitat for Humanity, Member of Phi Sigma Phi

Tyler Fish ’19
Colonie, NY
Majors: Physics and Math
President of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Member of Order of Omega

Cilina Jagrup ’20
Bronx, NY
Major: Creative Writing, Minor: Education
Secretary of NAMI on Campus, Member of Orchesis and Education Club

Nicole Paladino ’19
Highland, NY
Major: Sociology and Education Certification
Public Relations Coordinator for NAMI on Campus

Matthew Randall ’20
Waldorf, MD
Majors: Political Science, Philosophy
Member of Student Senate and Kappa Sigma

Morgan Taddeo ’20
Walton, NY
Major: Public Health/Pre-Med
Treasurer of LEADS, Member of Phi Sigma Phi

Michael Vlasaty ’21
Somers, NY
Major: Psychology
Member of Kappa Sigma and Habitat for Humanity 

How Can A 50-50 Peer Counselor 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 signs 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.

Why Would You Go To 50-50?

  • Stress
  • Homesickness
  • 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 Counselor?

No appointment is needed, just drop in during office hours to meet with a 50-50 peer counselor. If you wish to schedule an appointment, call or email the 50-50 office. 
Location: Dewar Union, 3rd floor
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday to Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.
Campus Extension: 5050

How Can I Become a 50-50 Peer Counselor?

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

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