By Haleigh Santilli – Arts Editor
Lasell offers its students a number of useful amenities and services, the Health Center being one of them. The Health Center is conveniently located directly above Valentine Dining Hall, yet the center seems to function under hours that are not as convenient.
If you check Lasell’s website or the front door of the Health Center, you will find the Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. There are instances however, where my peers or I have found ourselves outside of the center during these hours, unable to receive the services offered, due to a, “Closed: We’ll be back soon!” sign.
I vividly remember one instance where I faced this predicament. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the snow I had come to despise had finally melted, and I was headed to Riverside to catch the afternoon train home. My happiness walking to the station on a warm day after getting out of class early was all to no avail after I tripped halfway there.
Panicked and in shock after my fall, I was trying to pull myself together before I realized my knee was bleeding. This wasn’t your normal, run of the mill little scrape. Blood was gushing from my knee and down my leg.
With a stack of tissues in hand, I tried to stall the bleeding. Without money on me to buy bandages at the bookstore, I rushed over to the Health Center to get myself some Band-Aids.
When I arrived at the Health Center, it was closed. I was frustrated because this was the second time in two weeks I had fallen, needed a Band-Aid, and rushed over to the Health Center to find out that it closed.
The Health Center often closes around the lunch hour, only leaving a sign saying that they’re out to lunch and will be back soon. There is nothing wrong with going out to lunch, it’s fun! But for many students the lunch hour is the only time they can go.
Understandably, everyone needs a break during the day, and the people who work at the Health Center work long days, but budgeting time can be difficult for students.
Sure, students can return to the Health Center when the staff return from their lunch break, but when emergencies happen, it is a bit frustrating knowing you may have to wait a while before receiving help.
The Health Center staff is always friendly and helpful, but their availability conflicts with busy students with few breaks in their day.
CORRECTION: It has been brought to our attention that an Opinion piece (“All I Need Is A Band-Aid”) in the February, 2016 issue of this newspaper misreported the hours of the heath center. At the start of Fall 2015, The Health Center resolved the issue of coverage of the center during lunch breaks and is now open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.