Many students at VSU often miss out on many of the services the Student Health Center provides.
Cecilia Pierce, a nurse at the Student Health Center, is aware of this and said this is due mostly to Freshmen’s perception of the Health Center as a limited student resource.
“Many freshmen do not utilize the Student Health Center due to the fact that they simply are not aware of just how many services can be provided there,” Pierce said.
The Student Health Center provides several health services as well as educational outreach programs and mental health services.
“To ensure that students are aware that their lifestyle can have either a positive or negative impact on their physical and mental health, this center not only provides for students’ physical well-being, but their mental health as well,” Pierce said.
The Student Health Center offers:
· Free HIV and STI testing
· Routine yearly physicals (which include well women exams)
· Diagnosis and treatment of acute conditions, such as Strep, Flu, Mono, UTI, minor injuries, etc.
· Acute care (minor illness or injury)
· Free testing in lab
· Pharmacy use
Once students realize how much of a help the Student Health Center can be, they are more prone to using it in the future.
However, Pierce said that it can be intimidating to find a balance between health and work when first entering school.
“Many of our students are having to be responsible for their health for the first time,” Pierce said. “handling a new responsibility on top of figuring out college can be quite stressful.”
However scary it may seem, nurses and staff are always very eager and willing to help anyone with questions they may have.
Using the Student Health Center for your physical and mental health needs can be one of the most helpful aspects of freshman year. Taking some stress off your shoulders mentally while also paying attention to your body physically can drastically improve your first year of college.
Written by Logan Gullage, Staff Writer.
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