Behind the scenes of the Rollins Wellness Center

The Wellness Center has long played a central role on the Rollins campus; it has become a staple for students and one would be hard-pressed to find any member of the Rollins community that was not aware of at least some of the daily functions our Wellness Center undertakes on-campus.  From Fresh Check Day on September 13 to the R-Wellness Fair on the 20th to the Tars Don’t Haze Tailgate event on the 22nd, the Wellness Center has organized and led numerous events throughout this month.   

Whether it be for flu shots, grief counseling, sore throat prevention techniques, or just a safe place to rant about everyday stress, the Wellness Center is a place where Rollins students know they can always go to for help.

Wellness Ambassador Cindy Robinson-Montero said “the Wellness Center is probably one of the greatest resources available on campus. If you wake up feeling sick one day, you just show up, and they can check you out or refer you. They also have counselling, often offer free flu shots, screenings and have the cutest therapy pug named Dantéa. The nurses and staff are incredibly friendly. You will never feel uncomfortable there.”

Most universities have some feature on campus that, to some extent, serves as an equivalent to what we know to be the ‘Wellness Center.’

However, what differentiates Rollins’ Wellness Center from sister programs in other schools is the active role our Wellness Center plays on campus; just by looking at the sheer amount of events held by the Wellness Center each semester, there definitely seems to be an ‘if-you-will-not-cowme-to-us-we will-come-to-you’ mentality adopted by the Center.

It is exactly this approach of trying to make the nine dimensions of wellness both recognizable and accessible that makes the Rollins Wellness Center stand out from similar programs on other university campuses.  Rollins recognizes many components of wellness, and while students may usually feel comfortable seeking aid for a physical illness, it is oftentimes more challenging for students to reach out and seek professional guidance in regards to mental or emotional well-being.  By reaching out themselves through various events, the staff of the Wellness Center have created a safe space in which students from all walks of life are comfortable seeking aid.

The Wellness Ambassadors are part of another attempt by the Wellness Center to connect to students by creating a larger presence in daily campus life. Ambassadors represent approachable cohorts of students who help plan numerous events on campus while readily being able to promote student health by providing contact information for CAPS and Wellness Center services.

Robinson-Montero described her role as a part of the Wellness Ambassador program: “As a Wellness Ambassador, I have been able to work closely with some of our leaders from the Wellness Center. I have also been exposed to current issues in our community and around campus. I’ve learned a lot about mental health and statistics and more information on the nine dimensions of health (mental, spiritual, physical, and so on). All of the things I have learned have given me so much more insight into the lives of those around me, and I’m glad I have some knowledge to share with my peers and being able to implement those things in our upcoming wellness events.”

The programs that the Wellness Center has sponsored are known to be widely effective.  The R-Wellness Fair introduced students to various organizations from across the Winter Park community which were tabling at the event; students in attendance at the Fair were even offered skin cancer screenings.  Fresh Check Day catered to over one hundred participating students, teaching Tars about easy ways to maintain emotional health.

The Wellness Ambassador program has also proved successful, as Robinson-Montero continued: “I am making more friends and have met a lot of people on campus. It is truly great getting involved on campus rather than just showing up and leaving. I now feel like a part of the Rollins community and this is very important to me as a Holt student.”

The Wellness Center has long played a central role on the Rollins campus; it has become a staple for students and one would be hard-pressed to find any member of the Rollins community that was not aware of at least some of the daily functions our Wellness Center undertakes on-campus.  From Fresh Check Day on September 13 to the R-Wellness Fair on the 20th to the Tars Don’t Haze Tailgate event on the 22nd, the Wellness Center has organized and led numerous events throughout this month.   

Whether it be for flu shots, grief counseling, sore throat prevention techniques, or just a safe place to rant about everyday stress, the Wellness Center is a place where Rollins students know they can always go to for help.

Wellness Ambassador Cindy Robinson-Montero said “the Wellness Center is probably one of the greatest resources available on campus. If you wake up feeling sick one day, you just show up, and they can check you out or refer you. They also have counselling, often offer free flu shots, screenings and have the cutest therapy pug named Dantéa. The nurses and staff are incredibly friendly. You will never feel uncomfortable there.”

Most universities have some feature on campus that, to some extent, serves as an equivalent to what we know to be the ‘Wellness Center.’

However, what differentiates Rollins’ Wellness Center from sister programs in other schools is the active role our Wellness Center plays on campus; just by looking at the sheer amount of events held by the Wellness Center each semester, there definitely seems to be an ‘if-you-will-not-cowme-to-us-we will-come-to-you’ mentality adopted by the Center.

It is exactly this approach of trying to make the nine dimensions of wellness both recognizable and accessible that makes the Rollins Wellness Center stand out from similar programs on other university campuses.  Rollins recognizes many components of wellness, and while students may usually feel comfortable seeking aid for a physical illness, it is oftentimes more challenging for students to reach out and seek professional guidance in regards to mental or emotional well-being.  By reaching out themselves through various events, the staff of the Wellness Center have created a safe space in which students from all walks of life are comfortable seeking aid.

The Wellness Ambassadors are part of another attempt by the Wellness Center to connect to students by creating a larger presence in daily campus life. Ambassadors represent approachable cohorts of students who help plan numerous events on campus while readily being able to promote student health by providing contact information for CAPS and Wellness Center services.

Robinson-Montero described her role as a part of the Wellness Ambassador program: “As a Wellness Ambassador, I have been able to work closely with some of our leaders from the Wellness Center. I have also been exposed to current issues in our community and around campus. I’ve learned a lot about mental health and statistics and more information on the nine dimensions of health (mental, spiritual, physical, and so on). All of the things I have learned have given me so much more insight into the lives of those around me, and I’m glad I have some knowledge to share with my peers and being able to implement those things in our upcoming wellness events.”

The programs that the Wellness Center has sponsored are known to be widely effective.  The R-Wellness Fair introduced students to various organizations from across the Winter Park community which were tabling at the event; students in attendance at the Fair were even offered skin cancer screenings.  Fresh Check Day catered to over one hundred participating students, teaching Tars about easy ways to maintain emotional health.

The Wellness Ambassador program has also proved successful, as Robinson-Montero continued: “I am making more friends and have met a lot of people on campus. It is truly great getting involved on campus rather than just showing up and leaving. I now feel like a part of the Rollins community and this is very important to me as a Holt student.”

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