Well-being Tips for International Students

Laura Caferro | 3-1-2018

A quote that has really resonated with me throughout the years is, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” by St. Theresa of Calcutta.

For the past several months, we have seen some challenging moments in our nation and around the world that are creating “ripples” in our schools, communities, businesses, and even in our homes. As a mother, wife and business professional, it can feel very overwhelming! Lately, I have been focused on keeping my family healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Naturally, when thinking about the well-being of myself and my family, my mind wanders to the international students we serve at LewerMark and the hurdles they face when coming to this country, as well as the study abroad students who venture overseas. I admire them tremendously given the courage they display to be globally mobile during these turbulent times. There are a multitude of stressors in students’ lives today with balancing school, learning a new culture, and dealing with a constant stream of social media and news updates surrounding problems locally and abroad.

At LewerMark, we offer resources to our international students to combat these obstacles, such as Student Assist and MyNurse 24/7®. Student Assist, a mental health counseling service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no extra cost. There is no limit to the number of issues for which students may use the service and has translation assistance available as well. MyNurse 24/7® is a live medical hotline available for students to speak with a registered nurse about their health. The nurses are available to help students decide what their best choices are for care, day or night.

One of our main goals at LewerMark is to make your life easier while being committed to the total well-being of your students. We offer this network of services to help alleviate some stressors from your daily life.

Here are some more helpful links below for managing stress and staying well.


Ten Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health  (University of Michigan)

Health Check and Wellness Toolbox (Gonzaga University)

Mindfulness and Meditation Offer Health Benefits (Gonzaga University)

Expert Strategies for Staying Healthy at College


Author: Laura Caferro

For almost four years, Laura Caferro has served as the Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Director for LewerMark International Student Health Insurance. Her diverse background includes teaching and academic advising in both K-12 and higher education environments. Her experience includes recruiting, mentoring and advising students from a wide variety of backgrounds including at-risk populations. She has also created, organized and developed college success workshops and training seminars, transfer fairs, and planned recognition events. Her energetic and positive personality makes her a trusted advisor to all of her clients in NAFSA Region 1.