HelpLine Volunteers

What HelpLine volunteers have to say about volunteering for the HelpLine…

“Joining the HelpLine was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  It’s a great experience and you’re surrounded by amazing people!” -Monique R., Class of 2015

“I’ve always thought that everybody deserves a listening ear.  With HelpLine, I get to do something about it.” -Josh T., Class of 2015

“Being a HelpLine volunteer has been tremendously rewarding.  I’ve been able to develop better communication skills and it feels humbling to know that you are able to be there for fellow Aggies.  The support system at HelpLine has been phenomenal and it’s great to be a part of a team of such caring and down-to-earth people.” -Mona M., Class of 2014

“It’s been one of my most rewarding experiences at Texas A&M and I’m so blessed to have such a supportive family within the HelpLine and the opportunity to help fellow Aggies.” -Natalia M., Class of 2014

“Volunteering for the Student Counseling HelpLine has been the most enjoyable and memorable part of my time at A&M.  It isn’t an obligation but a second family, an accepting environment, and a place I enjoy being in the midst of a hectic week.  As a HelpLiner, I have been able to become a more active listener, and been surrounded by individuals who truly take time to listen to each other.  I could not have asked for a better organization to have been a part of at Texas A&M.” -Rebecca V., Class of 2014

"Volunteering at the HelpLine is probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. Having the chance to help others has been a gift and all the training that I got through HelpLine has not only helped me be a better HelpLiner, but a better person as well. HelpLine's steady presence and guidance for both callers and volunteers will always be a very large part of my life and something I'll always be grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of." -Lisa M., Class of 2013 & 2009

“The only regret I have about the HelpLine is that I did not join sooner. Hands down, deciding to go through volunteer training was the best decision I made as a student at Texas A&M. I have met some of the most amazing and inspiring people through the HelpLine, some of which I know will be lifelong friends. The beauty and most appreciative aspect of the HelpLine is that while it is such a diverse organization, we volunteers have at least one thing in common: the dedication to help the students of Texas A&M. This commonality creates a solid foundation of respect for your fellow volunteers, which in my opinion contributes greatly to the success of the organization. Nothing in my life has been as intrinsically rewarding as volunteering for the HelpLine. I am subject to bias, but I sincerely believe out of all the wonderful student organizations Texas A&M has to offer, the Student Counseling HelpLine is the best one. The HelpLine experience will change your life.”  -Allison P., Class of 2011

"Joining the HelpLine has been one of the most influential and rewarding parts of my college career. Having the opportunity to interact on a deep level with such a wide variety of people, and being forced to truly empathize with their situation rather than just hear it has really broadened my view of the world. The training is intense, but it makes the experience that much sweeter. There aren't many other opportunities on campus that allow you to help people in this way, and the bonus of learning to listen well has aided me both professionally and in my personal life. There are hundreds of places to volunteer at A&M, but HelpLine honestly pays its bounties both ways." -Stefan M., Class of 2010

"Something that really suprised me about the HelpLine was the diversity among the HelpLine volunteers. It's a great oportunity for anyone to learn how to cope with tough situations or help someone else through theirs. Not only has the HelpLine training given me great skills for my future in psychology but it has also helped strengthen my friendships. Wish I would have joined sooner!" -Amber R., Class of 2010

"The HelpLine has been an amazing part of my first year as a graduate student here at A&M. What a wonderful service the HelpLine provides for the A&M community. The HelpLine is a great place to volunteer if you have a desire to help people in some way. Also, the energy among the volunteers is incredible. Everyone really pulls together for the common goal of helping those who call. I look forward to several more years of service to the HelpLine and welcoming the new volunteers who join this great organization!" -Amanda S., Class of 2010

"Volunteering at the SCS HelpLine has truly been one of the most valuable experiences of my college career. I've been involved in a variety of organizations here at A&M, and there hasn't been any other activity or group of people that has simultaneously enhanced my perspective, given me hope in the goodness of people, and vigorously allowed me to help other members of the Aggie family as HelpLine has. As cliche as some, or maybe all of that sounds, it couldn't be more true." -Amanda E., Class of 2009

"Working on the HelpLine has been one of the best experiences in my college career. While training is long and challenging, it is completely worth it. The people you will work with on the Line are amazing, and its great to have that support when you're handling a difficult call. What better way to give back to Texas A&M than be there for those facing a life changing situation." -Teresa F., Class of 2008

"Though I am pursuing a degree in Engineering, I've always been interested in the field of psychology. The HelpLine has given me an opportunity to explore this interest, while also providing me with necessary skills for effective listening and coping with trauma, which I can use even off the line. The intense training prepares you to handle any type of crisis situation, and the feeling you get from helping out an Aggie is indescribable." -Lauren H., Class of 2008

"HelpLine has been one of the most fulfilling and worthwhile volunteer organizations that I have had the opportunity to participate in during my time here at A&M. My only regret is not joining it sooner.  Working on HelpLine has showed me that you truly can make a difference in another person’s life.” -Patricia O., Class of 2006

"Working the HelpLine has been a really special experience for me personally. It is unique in that for those who are planning on pursuing a career in counseling, the HelpLine provides great preparation & hands on training for the future. Even for those not interested in counseling for a career, there is the opportunity to learn a wide variety of communication & listening skills that can be useful in everyday life. In addition to these things, it is a great way to get involved on campus, meet some new people, & most importantly, help out a fellow Aggie in need. If you are interested, I would encourage you to give it a shot; I think it's something you will really enjoy." -Justin S., Class of 2006

"I joined the HelpLine because I knew the time I spent here would be time well spent. In the beginning you learn that the HelpLine is a volunteer organization designed to help any distressed caller, particularly fellow Aggie students. But on another note you will find out very soon that this is an opportunity to be a part of an organization and a part of a team that is personable and truly caring. I don't think that I could have found another organization in college that has touched my heart and rewarded me in all of it's ways like the HelpLine." -Jennie T., Class of 2006

"What a wonderful way to get away from school and help people. It's also nice to meet such a wide variety of people and majors. Being an engineer, I want to stress that the HelpLine's not all psyc majors - it's a nice mix of everyone, a truly great group of people. It also helps having Susan Vavra coordinating everything; she would do anything for the line and would go to bat for us anytime. I would recommend HelpLine to anyone who wants to make a difference and who is devoted to what they do. You'll never forget what you learn here. It's amazing." -Elliott B., Class of 2005

"I was flying through college. Great grades, wonderful friends, and unbelievable experiences. But that changed when I lost two friends in a car accident and my father had brain surgery. I began to reevaluate things in my life and tried to figure out what was most important. Those events caused me to want to give back to my adopted community, and stop coasting by.

I found that there is no better place to give back than by volunteering for the HelpLine. It unites the most diverse group of people for a common cause, helping whomever is on the other side of the phone line. When the Student Counseling Service closes for the day, the HelpLine opens for those who need a listening ear or some information. The rigorous training, 8AM to 6PM for six straight days, can dishearten any potential volunteer, but EVERYTHING is done so that we can help the caller. I promise you will be rewarded with riches greater than gold by volunteering for the HelpLine. I know I have and continue to be rewarded because every time I hear about the HelpLine, my heart smiles." -Matthew W., Class of 2005