Balancing it all — school, work, and life — is a tremendous challenge for Masters and Ph.D. student at all points in our programs. In addition to the support system we have on Western’s campus, we’ve collected some helpful websites, essays, and blog posts to provide some advice and support for students just trying to get through the degree process in one piece!

On-Campus Resources

Counseling Services at Sindecuse Health Center:

[from their website]: We offer short-term individual, couples and group counseling for a diverse student population. The counseling process can help students learn skills to cope with problems and develop new ways of thinking, which may lead to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Your time at Western Michigan University may include stress, complicated decisions or challenging situations. Counselors help students identify challenges and make changes to manage the emotional and social difficulties that might complicate college life:

  • Relationship or family conflicts
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Grief or loss
  • Social and peer pressure
  • Sexual identity questions
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Feeling down or depressed
  • Body image or eating disorders
Your first visit

When you first come to the health center, you’ll start with the receptionist on the main floor, check in at registration, then come upstairs to Counseling Services for a short intake meeting with a counselor. After this meeting, another appointment will be scheduled at the earliest available time.

Call (269) 387-1850 to make an appointment to see a counselor, or visit

Web Resources

Grad Resources (

[from their website]:  Grad Resources is committed to supporting the emotional and spiritual needs of graduate and professional students across the United States and around the world so they can pursue their purpose with passion and determination.

We understand the demands of school and life placed on graduate and professional students. For this reason, we provide online materials, on-campus speakers, meaningful connections, and supportive faith-based communities that enable them to flourish personally and professionally.

While we are a faith-based non-profit organization, Grad Resources adheres to a strict policy of offering practical support services to all students and spiritual resources only to those students who express interest.

Essays, Articles, and Blog Posts


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