Academics alone are not responsible for a successful first-year experience. Your physical, emotional and social well-being is equally as important.

The transition to college is a major life event that challenges everyone. You are not alone if you’re finding yourself stressed by your new living space or roommate, making new friends, keeping up with your studies, and creating healthy eating and sleeping patterns. Staying physically active helps you emotionally and is a way to connect with other students, whether through gym visits, PE classes or sports.

Finding Help

If you or a friend is having a hard time, speak with your sponsor or RA, or make an appointment at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services. Thinking the stress will take care of itself, or using alcohol or other substances to cope, will only cause more problems. Start on a positive note by taking care of your stress.

Jasa Cocke is Pomona College’s confidential Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Her office is in Wig Hall A-18, and email address is

Project Sister Family Services, an agency that provides services for survivors of sexual assault and abuse, will assign a therapist to serve Pomona and 7C students one day a week. Dr. Nancy Arzate starts the week of September 8. Her office is 1030 Dartmouth Avenue. In addition, two social work interns who will sponsor workshops and have office hours in Walker Hall start in October.

Student Health Services (SHS) is here to help you take care of your physical well-being. If you are feeling ill or need prescriptions, immunizations, lab services, women’s health, family planning, STD testing and other services, contact Student Health Services.

Wellness Resources at the Claremont Colleges

Other Wellness Resources