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Taking Advantage of Campus Resources
January 6, 2017
Colleges provide tons of resources for students, so take advantage of the amazing opportunities around you, from free concerts to career advice.
Colleges are not boring. Whether it’s a rock concert or a lecture on rocks, universities host guests multiple times a week. Late night events entertain (and sometimes feed) students on the weekend. Look around, and you will probably see flyers for upcoming speakers all over campus. Check out the school newspaper for more info on who is coming and when.
Student organizations also host events. Through my university’s Student Government Association I went to an Indiana Pacers game, listened to Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson speak and played blacklight bingo while eating Qdoba. Follow your school’s SGA account on Twitter to keep up with the events. Other clubs throw events too, like a Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital or a wellness group having a de-stressing event before finals.
Career mentors can help you narrow in on what you want to do and what the best steps are to get there. This office provides career advice in many forms, from resume and cover letter writing to networking and interview practice. I had my resume critiqued by people in career services before submitting it, and the revisions helped me find this internship. Use this resource to get ahead now while you can. Some colleges even continue their support and provide career services to their alumni.
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Your campus has resources that will take care of you in lots of ways. For your physical health, you can talk to nutritionist in dining services or go to some fitness classes at the gym. Colleges also provide some health care for students, so if you get a cold or twist your ankle playing basketball, you can get the care you need on campus. For your mental health, there are counseling services where you can talk to a professional about your anxiety, stress or anything else that is on your mind. Take care of yourself while away at school and use the tools your school gives you.
Student Disability Services
This office provides services for students with disabilities of any kind, and they will serve students in any way they need it. People with learning disabilities can get tutors through this office or take their exams in a separate room. People with severe allergies can register with the office to ensure their classrooms will be free on their allergens. All of this is done on a case-by-case basis, and most of the time you have to show proof of disability with a doctor’s note first.
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There is no office for this one, but the people are all around you. Find someone – a professor, an upperclassman or an administrator – you look up to and get to know them. Ask for their advice about classes, life or what to do around town. Mentors will help you find your own path and be a constant support system at your new home.
There are so many different resources available on college campuses. Make good use of them while they are still at your fingertips.
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