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Richmond Cares About Your Well-Being

By Beth Anne Spacht

March 29, 2019

Guest Post by Charlie Broaddus, Admission Counselor

Let’s get one thing straight: Richmond students are ambitious. For some, that means more than one major, or taking classes across schools to pursue multiple areas of academic interest. For others, it means leading student clubs or organizations, volunteering in the City of Richmond, and joining a club sports team.

Regardless of what Spiders choose to pursue (which in many cases is all of the above), we know their health – physically, mentally, and emotionally – comes first.

That’s one of the main reasons we’re building a new Well-Being Center on campus, which is scheduled to open in fall 2020. Attached to the Weinstein Center for Recreation, the new center will be the perfect spot for our students to tend to their health and overall happiness.

Within our new center, we’ll incorporate incredibly cool and helpful features to promote healthy lifestyles. A new café will offer organic, local, and fresh options, and a demonstration kitchen will teach students to cook on a college budget and develop healthy eating habits. You’ll also enjoy taking breaks and centering yourself in the meditation garden, massage room, mind/body studio, and even through pet therapy. As a 2017 Richmond graduate, I’m super jealous this wasn’t around when I was a student!

Most importantly, we’ll be relocating our Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services into the new center, which creates a unified team that will work together for the benefit of our students.

The Student Health Center is a free resource professionally staffed by doctors and nurses who truly care about student health. A new Health Promotion Resource Center is also in the works to help students foster and learn to live with a well-rounded approach to physical and mental health.

Our Counseling and Psychological Services team has become a crucial and widely used resource for students. Equipped with numerous full-time counselors, our “CAPS” department offers a range of different services to help prevent and overcome any stress, anxiety, or other mental health issues that could otherwise be a barrier to success here. CAPS has grown in popularity among our students in recent years, showing that Spiders prioritize their mental health and happiness. And it works – 88 percent of students who visited CAPS say it helped them function better, and 99 percent said they would go again if needed.

We want you to know, more than anything, that Richmond is paying attention. We care about your physical and mental health, and we’re always looking to improve on the ways we help you get a stress-free, happy, and fulfilling college experience. By choosing Richmond, you’re choosing a community that values staying healthy in the midst of busy class schedules and a plethora of extracurricular endeavors.

It may be hard to think of 3,000 Spiders as healthy and relaxed… but that’s what you’ll find here.

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Associate Director of Admission 

A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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