Taking Advantage of the Resources Provided

My name is Nydrea Gause, and I am a graduate of Delaware State University. Before attending DSU, I attended Columbia College Chicago, where I majored inTelevision. Although I decided to transition to somewhere closer to home, I still had an interest in that field, so I received my B.A. in Mass Communications. Today I work as an Account Executive, and I am currently making plans to attend Grad school in the near future.

During my senior year of high school, I can remember one of my teachers preaching, “no one in college will baby you, no one will hold your hand, ” maybe those weren’t his exact words, but I‘m pretty close. Now that I have experienced college, I can say that I agree with my former Poly-Sci teacher, but only to a certain extent. Although there is no one there literally holding your hand, there are resources provided on campus that can help make your college experience a successful one. Below you will find in greater detail, some of the resources offered on campus to help you survive college.

At my university (Delaware State University) we had Career Services, although it may be under a different name at other universities, I’m pretty sure one is provided to you on campus. Career Services is where you go to get help with your resume, learn how to wear business attire, get mock interviews, get the insight on upcoming job fairs, earn about possible job opportunities, etc. I think the first time I stepped into Career Services was doing my first year there, and it was to get help with my resume. During my visit, I was introduced to NACElink. NACElink is a portal that you can go on to create a resume (templates already provided) and to look for jobs. Today, I still continue to use NACElink when I want to tweak my resume and browse jobs. Just take the time to make a pit stop to the Career Services on your campus, it’s never too early to go.

Sometimes people are too proud to ask for help, I‘m very guilty of this, but everyone needs help at some point in time. Some students are not excelling academically as much as others and may need some extra help. GET A TUTOR! When there is a tutoring session in a subject area you are struggling in, seek help .If you cannot make the session, turn to classmates who seem to get what you are having a hard time grasping. If a teacher offers a helping hand or possibly some extra credit, TAKE IT! Prime example, during my junior year there was a class that I was not doing my best in, but luck was on my side, because this professor offered many extra credit opportunities that I took advantage of. If there is some extra credit work offered, don’t hesitate to take it.

There are many programs held on campus, but the attendance is very weak. As a former Resident Assistant, I struggled to get many of the residents to attend my programs, as well as the other Resident Assistant’s programs. Although as a young adult you would rather be participating in something more fun and memorable, the programs held on campus are very informative. Programs can be informative and fun as well, it’s really what you make it. Attend the next program on your campus, and I bet you’ll walk away with more knowledge than you came in with.

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to and your usual listeners aren’t cutting it. You don’t want to talk to your friends, family, or boyfriend/girlfriend because you just want a different perspective and an unbiased opinion on what you’re feeling. There is usually a counseling center provided on campus to be there when you may be feeling a little down in the dumps and most of the time the counselors are students, so you can speak with someone who can most likely relate to and understand your issues. Mentors are also a good source for encouragement and support.

Aside from the resources mentioned above, college has so many other resources to offer, it’s just up to the students to take advantage of them and not let them go to waste. It’s never too early or too late in your college career to take these resources and make use of them.

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