What students say about their SCoRE experience

Students report using a wide variety of resilience strategies taught in SCoRE:

"I used to be under so much pressure I would cry myself to sleep. I now take it one step at a time and do exercises to reduce the stress. The problems that seemed so big before seem like nothing to me now. It's a great feeling."

"When I was getting jam-packed with a ton of schoolwork at once, instead of getting stressed and giving up, I just made a plan and stuck with it."

"I'm better able to handle daily stressors by thinking in different ways and taking purposeful breaks."

"When I was stressing out over my biology exam, I took a fifteen-minute purposeful break from studying and then began to study again on a much calmer level."

Students report their ability to cope with stress has changed as a result of what they learned in SCoRE:

"My capacity to cope with stress has changed a lot since I participated in SCoRE. I'm feeling more calm and relaxed, and also learning to take things one step at a time instead of just doing everything all at once. Most important, to think positively."

"I struggle with anxiety and procrastination; through the SCoRE program I've learned to manage my time more wisely and lower my stress level."

"SCoRE changed my view on stress—now, instead of viewing stress negatively, I see it as an indicator that I need to change my habits into more efficient work methods."

"I came into this program with a good 'immune system' against stress, but SCoRE connected and intensified these skills."

"I really enjoyed the program and strongly feel it will help me through my life."

"Throughout this first semester, we talked a lot about resilience. I honestly had no clue what 'resilience' meant and didn't really see the big deal in learning about it. I'm glad I did because I found out that resilience is actually really important, and it made a huge impact on my first-semester experience. It amazes me how this one simple word can impact so many parts of my life."

What instructors say about their SCoRE experience

Instructors report high satisfaction with the quality of the SCoRE curriculum, materials, and website:

"At Mount Saint Mary’s University we’ve used SCoRE as part of our training process for our peer health educators for the past two years. Compared to previous training, we found it helped improve our peers’ skills in writing SMART goals and instructing the students they work with one-on-one in developing realistic goals. Additionally, SCoRE has given our peers a toolbox of stress management and self-care techniques to draw from, not only for themselves, but for the students they work with as well."


"We feel SCoRE is such a valuable program that we’ve incorporated it into our pilot resilience program called Certified Resilient. Completing SCoRE is the first step to becoming Certified Resilient, followed by attending 4-on campus workshops on wellness, and lastly teaching what they learned to others through an on campus presentation or service project."

"We will continue to use SCoRE because of its excellent content and flexible presentation for our busy students."



Alison Halpern, RD, CHES
Wellness Manager

Division of Student Affairs 

Mount Saint Mary's University

"As institutions aim to increase retention, implementing First-Year Experience courses has become a best practice in higher education. The strength of SCoRE is the breadth of the resilience concept, which provides the opportunity to have meaningful discussions about pertinent first-year issues, including time management, self-care, alcohol, role-modeling, and values clarification. SCoRE provides a platform to seamlessly and thematically address these retention issues in an attractive and accessible way."


Sean McGreevey, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students
Chatham University

"The SCoRE curriculum is an excellent resource for instructing a first-year experience course. The students respond well to the easy-to-use website and questionnaires regarding class material."


Hallie Arena
Coordinator for Student Affairs
Chatham University

"The SCoRE website serves as a great tool for both students and instructors. I found it very interactive, user-friendly, and beneficial. As an instructor, it was convenient for tracking the students' progress and in presenting the material during class. I often heard students comment on the instant positive gratification they felt from the comprehensive worksheet results they received. Our course was made interactive 24/7 because of the website."


Ruben Henao
Assistant Director of Student Activities
Chatham University

"We were very impressed with the quality of the SCoRE materials. As the primary instructor for SCoRE, I really appreciated the instructor manual and website training—they allowed me to train other instructors easily. Overall, we really enjoyed SCoRE and believe it benefited our students."


Randon Willard, MA
Academic, Personal, and Crisis Counselor
Robert Morris University

"SCoRE focuses on important aspects of resilience that our students need to learn. Many SCoRE students identify stress and time-management strategies, self-esteem, and overcoming personal issues as being particularly meaningful topics for them."


Mary Ann Salotti, PhD
California University of Pennsylvania

"As an instructor teaching resilience education, SCoRE is an effective resource that provides success strategies for first-year college students. The interactive website is easy to navigate and beneficial to students and instructors."


Erin Kentos
Residence Life Coordinator
Chatham University

The case for resilience

"There is a real benefit to adding a resilience class into a curriculum at a college or a university.… A course designed and structured to teach resilience helps students as far as their emotional stability and physical health are concerned, and helps them make appropriate decisions about how to make their way through the world."

Shawn Brooks, PhD
Associate Dean & Director of
Residence Life

University of Pittsburgh


"Students who are more resilient are definitely more successful. But I think what's more important is they’re able to take care of themselves and contribute to the larger community. We don't want to graduate students that just do well academically—we want them to be well rounded. We want them to use what they’ve learned and contribute to the greater good of their communities."

Zauyah Waite, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Chatham University


"It's important for colleges to offer resilience classes, mainly for students to really spend some focused time figuring out, one, who they are; two, what they already have that's important to them; and three, how they can become stronger."

Randon Willard, MA
Academic, Personal, & Crisis Counselor
Robert Morris University