Mental health should be priority, not backseat to other means

OUR VIEW: To more effectively serve students and dismantle the stigma that surround mental illness, the counseling center needs a larger budget. Just this week, this nation saw the devastating affects of mental health issues left untreated: the Sutherland Spring, Texas. The gunman with an … [Read more...]

Counselors offer tips for testing anxiety

For the past month, academic counseling meetings have been available for students to attend. On Feb. 16, Reagan Foster, licensed therapist, offered a PowerPoint-style counseling presentation on different ways to overcome testing anxiety.  She presented to a crowd of seven, made up entirely of … [Read more...]

Counseling Center sponsors 5K race for suicide prevention awareness

To raise awareness of suicide prevention, 47 people ran at least part of a 5K race at Sikes Lake Sept. 13.“I had friends that committed suicide before, so I did it for them,” said Mackenzie Trammell, business management freshman, who tied for first place in the race.In previous years, the Counseling … [Read more...]

Counselors: Nothing is off limits

Tucked away at the corner of Hampstead and Louis J. Rodriguez Drive is the Counseling Center, director Pam Midgett, and certified counselors to help students with a variety of issues.“We like to say that there is really nothing that a person would want to talk about that impacts their personal life … [Read more...]

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

“It’s like when you get really hungry – you can’t ignore your stomach constantly growling. It’s always there.” That’s how Catherine Stepniak, psychology and sociology junior, describes her anxiety.“Most of the time I feel like I’m about to die. I get a pounding heart, shortness of breath, nausea, … [Read more...]

It’s not all in your head

I've had depression since I was in middle school, so I've become almost a professional at dealing with the waves of emotion it brings (kind of morbid, I know). But this semester, it got to the point where I didn't know how to handle it by myself anymore - I wasn't eating regularly, I was staying up … [Read more...]

Local, foreign students face similar challenges in first week of school

For college freshmen, the beginning of each new school year marks a period of adjustment. The transition from high school and living with mom and dad to the higher expectations of higher education can be a rigorous experience for students of any background. "Lots of students coming in to college … [Read more...]