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 2016-2017 Fifty-Fifty Peer Counselors

Sarah Barrett ’17
Dallas, TX
Major: Sociology
Vice President of Administration for Alpha Omicron Pi

Morgan DeSimone ’18
New Paltz, NY
Major: Nursing Minor: Biology
Vice President of NAMI on Campus, Member of Alpha Omicron Pi

Nikky-Ann Duncan ’17
Plainville, CT
Major: Art
Member of Psychology Club, Sigma Alpha Iota, Women’s Center, Clay Club, Colleges Against Cancer, and NAMI on Campus

Tyler Fish ’19
Colonie, NY
Major: Physics and Math
Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon

Brooke Johnson ’17
Richlands, NC
Major: English Education
Treasurer of NAMI on Campus, Member of Women’s Center, French Club, and Theta Phi Alpha

Maddie Paz ’18
Southbury, CT
Majors: Psychology and Studio Art
President of NAMI on Campus, Member of Women’s Center

Riley Phillips ’17
Binghamton, NY
Major: Sociology
Secretary of NAMI on Campus, Member of Gamma Phi Delta, Alpha Psi Omega, and Not So Sharp

Maria Pita ’18
Glen Cove, NY
Major: Psychology
Member of Habitat for Humanity and CIV (Community Involvement and Volunteerism)

Zachary Simmonds ’17
Nashua, NH
Major: Psychology
Member of NAMI on Campus

Liam Swiatek ’18
Averill Park, NY
Major: Biochemistry
Vice President of Student Senate, Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon

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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