Your Student's Health at George Fox
Health and Counseling Services
Students are assessed a fee each semester that provides free access to the professional services located in Health and Counseling Services even if they are not on the university student insurance plan. Medical care on campus is provided by a part-time medical practitioner and a full-time registered nurse. Students are seen by appointment and often can get an appointment the same day they call.
Counseling services are available to help students with personal, emotional, and academic problems. Because students deal with stress, developmental issues, and occasionally more serious emotional problems, many utilize professional counseling.
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The college years are an exciting time of growth and discovery for the college student, but with every season of growth there are times of challenge. Here we lay out for you the “typical” stresses that students experience during their college years so you can anticipate their needs and know how to pray for them.
- Homesickness- especially for freshman
- International students sense confusion, vulnerability and lack of advocate.
- Roommate differences.
- Feelings of inadequacy and inferiority develop because of the discrepancy between high school status and grades and initial college performance.
- Social adjustments: dating, new friendships
- Students bring problems from summer into the new academic year.
- Sleep deprivation from late study nights or hanging with friends.
- Freshman begin to realize that life at college is not as perfect as they imagined.
- Overwhelmed by time management pressures.
- The novelty is gone; some question God’s leading to GFU
- Grief develops because of inadequate skills for finding a social group or not being selected by one.
- Non-dating students sense a loss of esteem because so much value is placed upon dates.
- Mid-year is upon them and they are beginning to see how fast the semester goes by.
- Economic anxiety: funds from summer earnings and parents begin to run out.
- Academic pressure is beginning to mount
- Pressure over plans for Thanksgiving; for some anxiety over being home for the first time.
- Depression and anxiety increase because of feelings that one should have adjusted to the college environment by now.
- Questions begin over whether to come back second semester.
- Students are meeting with academic advisors to discuss strategies for their remaining college years; freshmen tend to feel lost in this process.
- Pressure and stress of school is side-stepped because Christmas is fast approaching. “Party Spirit” is all-prevailing.
- Anxiety , fear, and guilt increases as final exams approach.
- Pre-Christmas depressions: especially for those who have no home to visit, and for those who prefer not to go home because of family conflicts.
- Financial strain because of Christmas gifts, traveling costs, etc.
- Anxiety, stress over family issues that surfaced over vacation (parent’s impending divorce, illness, etc.)
- Don’t have the same energy for academics as they had in the fall; some students drop classes because they realize their fall load was too strenuous.
- No holiday break makes for a long academic stretch.
- Rain, rain, rain…
- Couples begin to establish stronger ties (engagement) or experience weakening of established ones.
- “Sophomore slump”: most have completed general studies- now what?
- Post spring break. Hard to get back on focus.
- “Senioritis” sets in. Is there life after GFU?
- Anxiety over how grades will end up.
- Decision and direction over summer jobs or ministry.
- Apprehension over leaving friendships established over the year.
- Seniors panic about leaving the security of GFU.