How to Take Advantage of University Resources

Whether you use them or not, most college campuses offer students a wealth of resources – not just academic classes. For example, take college advising. Many schools require freshmen to meet with their advisor before school starts to help them navigate the course registration process. But what about after that? Although it’s commonly recommended for students to continue to meet with their advisor regularly – at least before the semester starts to make sure they’re on track with courses – some students neglect to heed this advice. This might be because they feel like it’s a waste of their time or unnecessary, but advisors can help students pick the right classes, suggest certain courses or professors, or even connect them with other advisors if the student has another major or a minor. If you visit your advisor regularly you might learn more than you think and get helpful guidance you wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Students should know where the central advising office is too, in case they are having a problem with their advisor or need additional help. Another resource is the writing center (sometimes called the tutoring center). This center can help students with everything from basic help with difficult subjects to tips and tricks on how to finesse that paper that’s worth major points in a particular class. Contrary to popular belief, the writing center isn’t always populated by low achieving students who are struggling. In fact, oftentimes all-star students visit because they are taking challenging courses or are motivated to improve their study/writing skills further. Another resource is the library. Some students choose to study at the library all the times, and others don’t even know where it is on campus. One, the library can be a great study location when roommates are noisy or other distractions are getting in the way. Especially because any cellphone use is usually met with grouchy looks not just from the librarians, but from other students. The library also offers a wealth of information for school projects and papers, too. You might even consider checking out books from the library that you’ll need for class – especially if the required reading list is long – to avoid dropping major cash for books you’ll finish within a few weeks. Don’t be afraid to ask the employees at the library reference desk for help, either. That’s what they’re there for! Lastly, make sure you know where your campus health center is. It’s not very likely that you’ll be able to go four years without sustaining some type of injury or contracting some type of illness. If you don’t already know where your health center is on campus, pinpoint it on a map and check the hours its open so you won’t be caught in front of a locked door if you need some health-related assistance.

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