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The college years are exciting, challenging, and sometimes a bit overwhelming. With increased independence and responsibilities, it’s not surprising that college students may occasionally experience an emotional or psychological problem that makes it difficult to concentrate or study. Examples of some of these problems are:
No matter what the problem, if it is interfering with your success at College, we invite you to make an appointment to talk about it.
What is your vocation? Who are you and what are you called to do? Counseling can help you with the complicated process of choosing a career and a major, which can involve:
• understanding and appreciating your gifts and talents,
If you would like assistance with any of these steps, contact either Brian Carr, Mary Hamilla or Jane Owen. Waynesburg University’s award-winning Major-Decision Program, which includes a course in Career and Life Planning, is designed to help you choose a major.
Students are also encouraged to use Discover, a computer based career guidance and information system. You will be able to use this program to learn more about yourself, about occupations, and about major courses of study. Any one of the counselors will provide you with a password for the Internet version of Discover, and will also guide you in its use.
If you have already chosen a major, and want help in locating an internship, applying for graduate school, or identifying employment opportunities, contact the Career Services and Placement Office.
It doesn’t take long for most college students to realize that the academic demands here are much different than they were in high school. No matter what your academic background, and how well you did previously, you may be surprised by the challenges of higher education. Some of the academic problems that are discussed in counseling are:
• not knowing where to start or how to get organized
The counselor will give you tips and strategies to help you meet your academic goals.
In addition, tutoring is available in the Knox Learning Center.
If you have a disability, which is interfering in your ability to be successful academically, call Tom Helmick, 724-852-3210. Tom will make an appointment for you to talk to him confidentially about your situation.
Anything you say in a personal counseling session is considered strictly confidential. Not only do we keep what you say confidential, but even the fact that you are attending counseling is confidential. The only way anyone - including your parents - will find out that you are in counseling is if you tell them. Confidentiality is not only a rule of the Counseling Center, but it is required by the staffs’ professional ethical standards.
There are, however, legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality which require that the counselor take responsible action:
Counseling files are locked in the Counseling Center. They are not part of the academic record. No one has access to them except the members of the Counseling Center staff. Trust is a very important part of the counseling process, and you can trust that what you say will be kept confidential.
E-mail is not a confidential way to communicate. We do not recommend that you e-mail us to make appointments or to talk about a concern. Please use the telephone or write us a note.
The Pennsylvania legislature established the Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program (Act 101) in 1971. The program provides support services for undergraduate students whose cultural, economic and educational disadvantages might impede their ability to pursue higher education opportunities successfully. Through a program of tutoring, counseling, curricular innovation, and cultural enrichment activities, students develop as campus leaders and graduate with marketable skills.
At Waynesburg University the Educational Enrichment Program is funded by Act 101 funds. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania and think you may be eligible for this program, contact Jane Owen, the program's Assistant Director.
Coming to the United States to study is very exciting and at the same time very challenging. All college students go through a period of adjustment. For international students the adjustment may be more difficult because you may have difficulty communicating or you may not be familiar with our culture. In addition, many international students experience loneliness, are not sure how to make friends with people from different cultures and are confused about how to interact with people in authority. There is so much to get used to - even the food may be a challenge!
If you are feeling confused, overwhelmed or fearful, you can talk to one of the counselors about what you are experiencing. Or, if you had a problem in your home country, and that problem is now interfering with your ability to succeed at Waynesburg University, talking to a counselor will be helpful. We work hard to educate ourselves about other cultures and about the problems international students face. Students come to us because they trust that we will listen and understand, because they know that we can help, and because what they say to us will be confidential.
Peer educators are students who role model, educate, and assist their peers in making responsible, healthy lifestyle choices. Many students are “natural” peer educators: by their example and encouragement, they “teach” others to make similar choices. Waynesburg University recognizes the value of peers learning from one another. We offer a certification program to students who are interested in more formally sharing their knowledge and skills with others. Certified peer educators perform many important functions on campus. They present information to student groups about numerous health-related topics such as alcohol and drug awareness, healthy relationships, sexual assault issues, eating disorders, and other topics relevant to student life. Peer educators are also trained to listen and make appropriate referrals for students who may be experiencing these or other concerns.
The counselors are ordinarily available during work hours, from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. For psychological emergencies during these hours, call the counseling center (724) 852-3225 or go directly to 320 Stover.
In the event of a psychological emergency that occurs after hours and cannot wait until the next business day, call Public Safety at 724-852-3303 or talk to the Resident Director on duty. You may also call 911 or go directly to the Southwest Regional Medical Emergency Room.
The Don't Cancel That Class program offers a selection of one-hour workshops presented by the Counseling Center staff, and other faculty and staff, in a classroom setting. The presentations are based on a wellness model, incorporating intellectual, physical, emotional, social, occupational, and spiritual components.
We are available to give presentations to classes when faculty must be away from the classroom, and also when faculty are present. Whenever possible, we will tailor the presentation to your discipline. For example, if we do a program on conflict resolution, we would use different scenarios for education majors than we would for business majors.