Something that distinguishes college from high school is that if you need help, you need to seek it yourself. No one is going to watch your back for you. They won’t ask you if you’re doing okay or if you’re struggling in a class. Thankfully, there are many resources on your college campus that you can turn to when you’re in need. All you have to do is find them and ask them for help. Here are some campus resources I find useful.
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Note: Some of these offices may have different names at your school, but do essentially the same thing. Visit your school’s website to find out which services they offer.
Undergraduate research office
If you’re in a research based field, this office will help you find research opportunities, sometimes even for pay. This is useful for those who need to complete a research requirement or for those who want to get more involved in their field. The office of undergraduate research at my school is how I found the opportunity to work in a lab on campus. It’s a wonderful program that is often overlooked. Don’t miss out on research opportunities!
College life can take toll on your mind and your body. If you’re not feeling well mentally or physically, visit the counseling or health center. They are there to help you be your best and feel your best.
Professor’s office hours
It hurts me to see how many students don’t visit their professor during office hours and then complain about how badly they did on a test. Office hours are a resource that goes underused. Professors literally set aside a block of time to make themselves available to you. If you can’t make it to their office hours, try emailing them to meet at another time. Take advantage of this by visiting them and asking questions. Chances are, they will be happy to help you. (Here’s why you shouldn’t be afraid of your professor)
As college students, we’re so busy that sometimes we forget how important it is to take care of our bodies. Visiting the athletic center often will help keep your body strong. After all, your body needs to be able to help you carry the demands of college life. So let your body help you by giving it the exercise it needs.
Your school’s career services is a place to help you start planning and preparing for your future career. They’ll suggest ways to improve your resume and cover letters to give you the best chance of landing your dream job. Their goal is to set you up to land the job you want.
The writing center exists to help students with any sort of writing. Whether it’s an assignment for class or a scholarship essay, they’ll look over it and give you feedback so you can improve it.
Academic resource center
The academic resource center is the place to go if you need help on homework or anything else academic. Usually, there are tutors there waiting to help you. I’d recommend going here if you’re stuck on an assignment and you can’t reach your professor.
Your department’s resource center
At my school, some departments (like the chemistry department) have their own resource center to help struggling students. In my school’s chemistry resource center, there are multiple TAs there waiting to help students who have questions. If your department has its own resource center, visit it!
Financial aid office
Okay, I’m sure you know about this resource, but it’s so important that I felt the need to include it here. A short visit to the financial aid office can save you a lot of money. It’s worth popping in to ask what scholarships or grants they have available. You never know, they might have something that’ll help you!
Academic advising office
Another one I’m sure you know about, but it’s extremely important. Advisors help keep you on track to graduate on time. They’ll tell you which classes to take and help you build your schedule for the upcoming semester.
In college, you have to look out for yourself. If you need help, you have to go out and get it. Thankfully, there are many resources available to give you the help you need.
Which campus resource has been the most useful to you?