One of the best skills you can learn in college is how to be your own advocate and ask for help when you need it. Many resources exist on college campuses to help students.
For example, you can visit the learning center on campus for tutoring and academic help, or consult your resident advisor for roommate troubles. Take your money concerns to the financial aid office, and don’t wait to get to the health center for physical and mental health problems.
For fun, definitely check out the student center or student workout facilities. You’ll burn calories and stress. Many campuses have places to help you build community and celebrate ethnic diversity or religious affiliation, too.
On your next visit to a college campus, take a photo at the places you visit and post them on social media using the hashtag #CollegeResources.
Is freshman year too early to visit your college career center?
“No! We encourage students to connect with the career office as soon as possible and the earlier the better. There are a lot of services that we can provide students at every stage of their college journey and it’s definitely important to visit before crunch time your senior year.
“Freshmen and sophomores can benefit from resume help and career counseling. Maybe you’ve picked a major, but you’re not really sure what you want to do with that major. Most career offices can help you explore some of the different career options you will have available in your particular major by taking career and personality inventories and helping you explore the results.
“Another great thing you can get help with at your career office is helping set up job shadowing opportunities or informational interviews with employers in a particular industry or business. These experiences can help you confirm your passion to do the kind of career you are pursing through your education.”
— Nathan Milner, Internship Coordinator, Career Development Office, Grace College
Under Indiana law, students must complete 30 credits by the end of their freshman year to keep their maximum amount of state financial aid.
That’s an average of five classes each semester, so make sure you always register for a full-time college schedule.
Research says that committing to 30 credit hours a year means that students are more likely to graduate. Start college to finish—and finish on time, in four years or even less. Want more information? Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org.