“Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. It is the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Steven Universe, who lives in the fictional town of Beach City with the “Crystal Gems” – Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst, three magical humanoid aliens. Steven, who is half-Gem, goes on adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from their own kind.”
Upon reading this Wikipedia description, some may wonder of the relevance of this show to university students. For one, we’ve already “come of age”, we’re not all boys, and not all of us live with aliens. What is this article even about?
Your skepticism is understandable. As much as the show was produced for children, it is very much applicable to young adults, and has a growing young adult fan base. The characters in Steven Universe experience a myriad of complex emotions. Do you know who experience similar emotions? Us! Young adults! In accordance with their theme, “emotions are for everybody,” the Peer Counselling Association (PCA) ingeniously decided to utilize this animated television series to tackle very serious issues, and work through complex emotions.
The PCA hopes to address issues such as: unhealthy relationships, consent, grief, emotions, anxiety about the future, destiny, and father-son relationships. There is no need to recreate the wheel. Believe it or not, the characters in Steven Universe are attempting to navigate the emotions they feel in relation to topics of the aforementioned nature. Students of the UWI St Augustine will have an advantage over the characters on the show, they will have the help of trained peer counsellors.
These one hour sessions are meant to be very relaxed, and safe pace for discussion. There is no wrong answer, after all, emotions are for everybody. The Peer Counselling Association invites each student to their Universal Emotions series on a journey through themselves, and Beach City.
All events will take place on Friday afternoons in the Institute of International Relations Room 108 unless otherwise stated. Interested persons are invited to complete this form.
For those of you who may not be aware, the Peer Counselling Association is a team of UWI student who are trained and supported by UWI’s Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). These students are dedicated to the well-being of all students on campus, and as such, provide peer-to-peer interactive counselling and support. If you would like to access the services of the PCA you are invited to complete this form.
You do not need to deal with your universe of emotions alone.