Before coming to Willamette, you will be required to submit an Immunization Health History Information form (PDF). As an international student, you also need to get some required vaccinations. These requirements are available on Willamette's website (PDF). If you cannot show you have the required immunizations, you will not be allowed to register for classes, so it is critical that you get this information before coming to the U.S.
Maintaining your health is a very important part of your stay in the United States since it is very difficult to take full advantage of your experience if you are not getting enough sleep or eating well. It can be a bit of a challenge while at Willamette University since studies are challenging and friends want you to do fun things. It is important that you take time to take care of yourself.
Eat healthy meals on campus
The dining halls, but there are a lot of tempting foods that are fried or full of sugar. It can be hard to resist some of the yummy choices. We recommend allowing yourself to indulge once in a while, but be aware that many international students gain some weight in the first months of living and eating on campus. Weekly menus aid in planning around your meal options.
The Sparks Athletic Center offers a great fitness center, swimming pool, and other facilities for doing physical activity. You can take Exercise Science courses (typically for .25 credits) to also add balance to your life and academic schedule. It is especially good to work out when you are feeling homesick or think life in the U.S. is hard. Working out has been shown to release good enzymes into your body that elevate your mood and make you feel better. Sometimes it can be just the right thing for handling culture shock.
Health and counseling services
If you do feel ill or want to talk to someone about how you're feeling, you can visit the Bishop Wellness Center for help. This center provides both health and counseling services which are available to all students. Care is typically free to students with small charges for special tests or medications. It is always a good idea to start here when you are not feeling well since medical care in the U.S. is very expensive.
The Bishop Wellness Center is located in Baxter Hall and is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will need to make an appointment by calling 503-370-6062.