Hope College Counseling Center Closing Information
The Hope College Counseling Center is open only when classes are in session. The Counseling Center as well as on-call services will not be available to you during this time. The Center will be closed for the Christmas Break from Dec 13 until January 6.
In the event of a medical emergency, please …..
* Call 911
* Or - refer to Holland Community Hospital Emergency Room
602 Michigan Avenue, Holland, MI 49423
* Non-emergent health care needs may be referred to Prime Care.
3235 N. Wellness Drive, Building A
Walk-in medical care is available 7 days/week from 10 am - 10 pm
In the event of a counseling crisis, please contact the appropriate community service (see the listing below):
For attempted suicide or immediate suicidal threat, contact Campus Safety for assistance in coordinating transportation to Holland Hospital Emergency Department. They will assist with contacting an ambulance. Please do not transport an actively suicidal student in your own vehicle.
For distressed students, or students who need on-going counseling, the student can contact Holland Hospital’s Behavioral Health at 355-3926. The student will need their insurance information when they call for an appointment.
For sexual assault or partner violence, contact Center for Women in Transition at 392-1970. This is a 24 hour crisis service and offers both medical and counseling care.
If you are uncertain about where to begin, please consult with Richard Frost, VP for Student Life or John Jobson, Associate Dean of Students.
College life can be quite a rollercoaster ride. Hope College is dedicated to your health and well being. No one is immune. Sort out the fear from the facts by learning more:
- The Transition Year
- Transitioning from High School to College Academics
- 5 Ways for College Students to Survive Being Homesick
- 6 Steps for Dealing With College Roommate Problems
- How To Cure Nightmares
- What All Undergraduates Should Know About How Their Sleeping Lives Affect Their Waking Lives
- Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
- Coping with Stress
- Procrastination Tips - 5 Ways To Get Unstuck
- Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief
- Breathing - 3 Exercises
The Unabridged Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
Successful Strategies for Test Anxiety
We all experience some level of anxiety before a test. A little nervousness can actually help motivate us to perform our best. Too much anxiety can become a problem if it interferes with your performance on tests. Some strategies for dealing with test anxiety:
- Before the test, take good care of yourself:
- Be prepared. Study the material in advance; do not leave cramming for the day before your test. Do not do a last minute review.
- Get plenty of sleep, it is hard to function at your best when overtired.
- Avoid any use of drugs and alcohol, they can interfere with your mental ability.
- Exercise may increase your alertness and sharpen your mind.
- Have a moderate breakfast, fresh fruits and vegetables help reduce stress; avoid caffeine, sugar and junk foods.
- Allow yourself plenty of time; arrive at the test location early.
- Choose a seat where you will not be easily distracted.
- Use abdominal breathing to help reduce anxiety. Place one hand on your abdomen, right beneath your rib cage. Inhale through your nose and feel your abdomen fill like a balloon…count to three on your inhalation and then slowly exhale counting to four, feeling your abdomen contracting with the exhalation.
- Do a reality check, how important is this exam in the grand scheme of things? Put it in perspective.
- Use positive affirmations, say a phrase to help keep things in perspective, “I’ve done this before, I can do it again.” or “I have all the knowledge I need to get this done.”
- During the test take a few minutes to:
- Review the entire test. Read the directions carefully.
- Work on the easiest portions of the test first.
- Pace yourself. Do not rush through the test.
- If you go blank, skip the question and go on.
- Multiple choice questions, read all the options first, eliminate the most obvious.
- Essay questions, make a short outline. Begin and end with a summary sentence.
- Take short breaks, tense and relax your muscles throughout your body.
- Pause, do a few abdominal breaths, say your affirmation.
- Stay in the present moment.
- There is no reward for being the first done.
After the test, reward yourself:
- Try not to dwell on your mistakes.
- Indulge in something relaxing for awhile.
If test-taking anxiety persists & becomes problematic,
Call CAPS x 7945
adapted from: www.ndsu.edu/counseling, or www.freedomfromfear.org