As exciting as it can be to go to college, it can sometimes feel like a lonely place. And, whether you're feeling bored, overwhelmed, confused or anxious, there's usually a solution right around the corner. There are so many resources available for college students, but some may not be so clearly accessible. This list of college resources will help guide you in your time of need.
1. Psychological Services
College can be a very stressful time for some students, especially those who are transitioning from high school into their freshman year. Not only that, but those who have suffered from depression and/or anxiety and are no longer able to see their therapist from back home don’t have to give up all that progress once they've arrived at school. If you, for whatever reason, need to talk to a professional therapist, most colleges offer psychological services for free.
2. Study Abroad Opportunities
One of the most interesting and enjoyable opportunities students can have while in college is the chance to study abroad. Unfortunately, there are many students that may not know about studying abroad. They might feel as though studying abroad would be too expensive or take away time from earning their degree. But, if you simply pay a visit to the study abroad office or international center on campus, you can learn about how to make studying abroad an affordable and accessible opportunity for you.
3. Writing Support Center
When you get to college, you will likely be required to write more papers than you ever did in high school. And, those papers may be graded in a much stricter fashion than you’re used to. Luckily, most colleges have a writing support center on campus, where you can get help with writing your paper from English graduate students or assistants with similar expertise. They can help you with anything, from fixing grammatical errors to making smoother transitions between paragraphs.
4. Student Support Services
College can feel overwhelming at different times, for instance, when it comes time to choosing your courses and making sure you’re doing what you need to in order to graduate on time. But, there's no need to worry. Every college campus has student support services, where you can do anything from meeting with your academic advisor to meeting with the dean of students if you need accommodations in the classroom.
5. Health Services
Health insurance in the United States can be difficult to come by, especially as a college student. If you can no longer be on your parents' insurance and you can’t take on a full-time job with benefits while in school, you may be worried about what you can do if you fall ill. Thankfully, many colleges enroll their students in their on-campus health insurance policy, so that you can visit the health services center whenever you feel sick or want access to preventive health care.
6. Career Services
College can be enough of a complicated transition for young adults, but that transition after graduating can sometimes be more difficult. A big part of finding a job after college is knowing how to highlight your experiences, create an attractive resume and write a strong cover letter. But perhaps you’re still undecided on what job you want. Of the many campus resources for college students that are often overlooked, the career services center is probably at the top of the list. This place can help you with anything and everything related to your future career. They can also help you find part-time work while you’re in school, though student support services might be more helpful with that.
7. The Library
Most college students today have laptops and may feel like they don’t need the library to get their work done. But, the library offers so much more than computers. It’s a place where you can get some quiet time to study, organize a study group, get together for a group project, use the printer or hang out with friends (while getting some work done). It’s also a place where you can get access to free school supplies and resources, such as expensive textbooks or something as basic as a ruler.
8. Free Transportation
If you don’t have a car at school, there’s no need to worry. While having a car may certainly make things easier, most colleges have quite reliable transportation available to students. Typically, these are shuttles that can bring you to other buildings on campus, or to shopping plazas, work-sites or the downtown area in your town or city, free of charge.
9. Campus Activities
You don’t need to be the partying type to find friends on campus. While it may seem that “going out” is the main social activity at school, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many other clubs, groups, religious centers and organizations on campus, as well as activities and social events you can attend to meet others.
10. Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offices
The financial aid and registrar’s offices are the two places on campus that many college students might not know where to find. But, these places can be really helpful if you know how to use them. If you need an advance on your student loan money so that you can buy textbooks, or if you want to learn more about financing your upcoming semester, then the financial aid office can help you with that. If you need to make a class pass/fail, order transcripts or sign up for a class, these are all things you can do at the registrar’s office.
Hana LaRock is a freelance content writer from New York, currently living in Mexico. She has spent the last 5 years traveling the world and living abroad and has lived in South Korea and Israel. Before becoming a writer, Hana worked as a teacher for several years in the U.S. and around the world. She has her teaching certification in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as a TESOL certification. Hana spent a semester studying abroad at Tel Aviv University during her undergraduate years at the University of Hartford. She hopes to use her experience to help inform others. Please visit her website, www.hanalarockwriting.com, to learn more.