Cougar Health Services Offered to Graduate Students – The Daily Evergreen
GPSA discusses services for graduate students; focus is on childcare, allowances, parking, health insurance
Marie Grey, member of Association of Graduate and Professional Students, reviewed the different health and wellness options for WSU graduate students. She said there are many different options from the Student Care Network and the Healthiest You.
“It’s free for all WSU graduate students, no matter what campus you’re on: Global, Everett, Tri-Cities. It’s free through graduate student health insurance,” Gray said.
Through this service, students get free counseling and psychology services and even medical care. There’s no limit to the number of times students can see a doctor or counselor, Gray said.
“Please go and get treatment if that’s what you need and if you’re ready, but it might take a try or two to reach someone. Don’t let that stop you, keep trying,” Gray said. “Even though it may take a while to reach someone, keep trying. These resources are there for you to use.
Ajay Barman, another GPSA member, spoke about the four main objectives of the GPSA.
“Our primary focus is still childcare, allowances, parking and health insurance,” Barman said.
He said he wanted to make sure everyone knows that while the goals between GPSA and ASWSU are different, it’s not GPSA versus ASWSU, they want it to be a combined, joint effort. The goals may be different, but they want to work towards a common goal.
Barman said GPSA wants to keep students safe on campus, whether it’s Pullman, Everett or even Global. They have goals like making sure the community has affordable housing for graduate students, and that universities work on student mental health.
On January 23, 2023, they will travel to the capital and speak to senators about the big changes that need to happen on campus, he said.
“January 23 is the greatest chance to make big, meaningful changes in student life. We can discuss our daily changes here, but if there is a need, that can only be done with the senator,” Barman said.
Magdana Kondaridze, GPSA Events Organizer, continued the meeting by sharing upcoming events. She spoke of a hike next weekend, but due to air quality, the event could be canceled or pushed back to next weekend.
Kondaridze said that on September 23 there will be a restaurant on Friday, where graduate students can eat from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first restaurant will be O-Ramen and graduating students will receive a $10 discount on their meal. In addition, there is a book club that will be held on September 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. where sweets and tea will be offered. The book they will read is “The monk who sold his Ferrari“, so stop by and join the chat if you are interested and grab some candy on the way out.