Utilizing Campus Resources for Personal Development

A big misconception about students going off to college is that they suddenly must become completely independent, self-sufficient, and able to handle all life’s curveballs on their own. In fact, college campuses have plenty of resources to help students to grow into their own, from career counselors to crisis counselors and anything in between.

Help is Available on Your Campus

Many students have trouble deciding on a major or career path, finding and applying to internships, or choosing which classes and schedules are right for them. Luckily, each student is assigned to a faculty advisor in their department, and many schools employ first-year counselors, to help students with those first steps and offer support during the difficult freshman-year transition.

For issues outside of academic and career decisions, college campuses have resources to help out as well. For trauma, depression, anxiety, and stress, each college is equipped with trained staff to help students sort through all these and other issues. Students can access these counselors discreetly, quickly, and repeatedly, to keep their mental and emotional health from being overrun by the growing pains of college and living alone.

Additionally, academic help and healthcare resources are available to students on all campuses. Trained medical staff is accessible to students for minor and common issues, including flu shots and antibiotics, in many cases. Academic help is offered in the form of free writing workshops, tutoring, and other free services.

How To Find Help

During orientation or with the tons of paperwork students receive upon admission, all the resources and services offered to students should be identified. It can be overwhelming to remember all the names and locations of the centers, especially if you don’t need it at first, so you should be able to find the information on your school’s website as well. Campus maps typically locate health and wellness centers, and identify which departments are located in which buildings. If you live in a dorm, chances are the lobby area has a map and/or directory of resources students may need to use. Phone numbers are often included, so don’t hesitate to call ahead to make an appointment or, in the case of a sudden emotional trauma or a health-related emergency, receive immediate assistance.

College students are not alone. Though a campus may seem like a lonely place at times, there is always someone around to help. Whether the problem is a career-related breakdown (which virtually every college student has at some point!), the need for immediate academic assistance, or a health or wellness emergency, resources are always available to students.

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