College is many things, but easy would not be one of them. Once accepted and with a running start on your academic track it is important you realize that there are many services in college that are available to assist you. Colleges are set up to help you succeed, but it is up to you to seek the advice and/or assistance that you need to flourish.
When you think of “assistance” many go straight to assuming only academic help, but this is only one of the services colleges provide. Most college students are out of the house for the first time and are lost when it comes to finding resources to help with medical, work or personal issues. Here are a few resources that may be available on campus.
Of course it is very important to know where you can get academic assistance with your classes. Ask around to see what type of help is out there. A good place to start is with your professor. Meet with you professor during his/her office hours to ask questions about the class assignments and course topics. They can also point you in the direction for extra help in their specific class.
Many schools also have writing centers, where you can obtain assistance with your papers and a place to write them if you do not have a computer at hand. They can help with composition techniques since they can be rather different from your high school papers.
You can also look into peer tutoring programs or see if there is a tutoring center on campus available for drop-ins.
Dorms and other campus housing complexes usually have resident advisers (RAs). They are often times upperclassmen that have been in your shoes. They are someone you can speak with about issues that are not related to your classes. They can also direct you to the appropriate campus services that you may be in search of.
Health Centers on campus provide you with confidential medical services and health education. Services they may provide are treatment of illnesses and injuries, immunizations, and diagnostic testing.
The transition to college can be very challenging to many students. If you are experiencing a tough time coping with stress, home pressures, relationship problems or other mental health issues, counselors are a great resource to seek out. Counseling services are generally offered free and are confidential.
Counseling and health centers work together with the goal of maintaining students’ overall wellness.
Financial Aid Office
If you need an explanation of your financing and loans, the financial aid office is where you would go. Financial aid officers can help you fill out those sometimes overwhelming financial aid forms. They can also point you in the right direction when it comes to scholarships or grant that are available at your school.
Do not run away from this awesome resource. The library is a great place for research and studying. Those librarians are full of vital information whether it be for your class or a personal question, you can bet they will know where you should go.
Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are many more resources readily available for your use. Find out what is offered at your particular school. Knowing ahead of time is half the battle.