By Caroline Triscik

Words of Hope: Thoughts from our Team

In these disorienting times, Women in the Academy and Professions offer some words of hope and peace to our community through brief episodes from each member of our team. We’d love to hear what has been bringing you hope as well, so feel free to reach out to us on social media or send us a message.


In this first episode, Women in the Academy and Professions associate Caroline Triscik and her daughter — because many of us are working from home with our children nearby  — offer a word of encouragement from Luke 24 and the story of the road to Emmaus. We pray it brings some encouragement to your day. 

Our second episode features Women in the Academy and Professions Associate Jasmine Obeysekere and her thoughtful observations on Daniel as she leads our team through a Bible study. Read more of Jasmine's thoughts in her recently published article on Daniel and the insights his story can bring as we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

In our third episode, Karen Hice Guzmán, director of Women in the Academy and Professions, offers some hopeful words from Eugene Peterson and shares how they have brought her comfort in the midst of unsettling days.

In our fourth episode, Andrea Bridges (editor at The Well) and Ann Boyd (managing editor at The Well) talk together about the words, prayers, and poems that are helping them to find hope in these days.

In our fifth episode, Women in the Academy and Professions Associate Lindsay Bruk offers her reflections on God's sustaining presence through challenging times and shares some of her own struggle with anxiety.


For our final episode in our Words of Hope series, we wanted to offer a brief podcast on a few ways to cope with overwhelming feelings of anxiety during this time. In this episode Women in the Academy and Professions associate and graduate level counselor Caroline Triscik offers several grounding exercises to cope with overwhelming feelings of anxiety.

About the Author

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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