We all know that the transition into college is super stressful, but what many students don’t know is that they don’t have to do it alone. Most schools have a plethora of on-campus resources that are available to help make that transition much easier. The best part is, they’re free! Check out this list of resources that you should utilize during your time at college.
1. Academic Advising
Every student is assigned an academic advisor at school, but it’s up to you to make use of him/her. Not many students realize how much academic advisors can help with. Whether it’s helping you organize your schedule, providing resources to help you get through tough classes, or guiding you through your major, advisors can help direct you on the best path to your degree.
2. Career Services
Don’t know how to write a cover letter? Need a second pair of eyes on your resume? Career centers can help make sure you have all the right tools to start applying for jobs or internships. Not only can they help edit your resume or cover letter, but they can help you find job opportunities as well! After all, that is why you attend college, right?
3. Writing Centers
Writing college papers is often much different from high school papers, so they’ll take some getting used to. Luckily, you can schedule a meeting at your school’s writing center and have a professional go over and edit your paper with you. Even if you’re confident in your writing skills, it’s always useful to get a second opinion on your paper before turning it in.
College life doesn’t slow down for anybody, so it’s easy feeling stressed and overwhelmed whenever life throws a curveball at you. Don’t be afraid to seek help from your school’s counseling services if your course load is taking a toll on you, you’re going through a tough time, or even if you just need someone to talk to. This is a judgment-free zone!
5. Tutoring Services
Having trouble in a class and want some outside help? Colleges offer all kinds of tutoring services if you’re struggling in a class. A lot of the time, tutors are students at your university, which is nice because they’ve probably been in your shoes before and can figure out the best ways to help you.
Never hesitate or feel embarrassed to make use of campus resources. Your college wants you to succeed, and these resources are there to help make your college experience less stressful and guide you in the right direction. Let us know in the comments which campus resources have helped you the most!
*Written by Emily Binder, Tulane University.