Religious and spiritual beliefs are personal and unique to every individual. Here at UHCS we recognize that fact and we welcome conversations about religion and/or spirituality. Also, we strive to create a non-judgmental environment where you are able to talk about whatever is of concern.
For some of us, our religious and spiritual beliefs play a huge part in our lives. For others of us, maybe not so much. It is important to keep in mind that as you make the transition from childhood (and living with your parents/guardians) to adulthood, your beliefs and/or practices may change. For some people, this period of change can be incredibly stressful.
If you are experiencing stress about this, it may help to talk to someone. Maybe you have a friend who went to the same church as you growing up, a spiritual or religious leader, a new friend here on campus who you could talk to. Many people are willing to have conversations about religion/spirituality, but don’t want to be the first person to openly talk about these topics.
You are always welcome to come and speak to the counselors at UHCS (remember – it’s free!). They can listen to any concerns or issues you may have and offer you tips on how to cope with difficult situations.
You should also be aware that during your time on campus you will likely encounter people with beliefs and backgrounds that are different from yours. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to learn from others and personally grow. Meeting diverse people can be a much more enriching experience if you maintain a positive attitude and an open mind. Sometimes in college you learn more about the world in which we live when you’re not in the classroom!
- Whitney Henley, MPH
There are many student organizations on campus related to religion. Check out Campus Involvement for more information.