Students new to a campus, like people new to a town, do not always appreciate what is offered and the number of possible resources there are. It is important to explore, but maybe this generic menu that suggests the possibilities will help. Of course, the names and availability of these resources will vary from campus to campus, but this certainly gives you a ballpark idea of what’s out there for you.
Time Management : There are time management programs, along with other study skills programs, on campuses. Ask your Resident Assistant (RA) or contact the Division of Student Affairs. Faculty may also know where you can go for this information/program.
Physical Fitness: Seek out the recreation program on campus. Gym, pool, and ice time and equipment can be free at certain times.
Emergencies: Maybe you have financial problems that qualify as an emergency. An example may be you need eye glasses and can’t afford them. Don’t be stymied; ask in the Student Affairs Department or go directly to Financial Aid. You’ll be surprised by what can happen for you. If you have a medical or security emergency, be aware the campus police or security officers can call ambulances or other campus or off-campus assistance for you.
Career questions: Along with traditional services like resume development, interview skills instruction, and employer contacts, the career center on campus offers personal inventories, counselors, and evaluations of your skills, interests, and strengths as well as a variety of related materials.
Student Government: Student Government is a good advocate for students. It provides a place for student voices to be heard, and these organizations can take student concerns directly to administration and affect policy. They can advocate for solutions to problems if they affect you and others students. Parking issues, course registrations procedures, or campus security lighting can sometimes be resolved by an organization like Student Government. Student Government may also, at some schools, provide free legal advice to students.
Medical health: Campuses generally have a health center which will provide physicians and nurses to offer diagnoses, prescriptions, minor emergency treatment, maybe some forms of diagnostic testing, or birth control. Some health centers invite specialists like athletic trainers, podiatrists, or gynecologists to come in from time to time. The center may also have a pharmacy where you can purchase your prescriptions.
Substance Abuse: Most campuses have a substance abuse office or officer, from which students can take inventories to determine alcohol and drug dependency or addiction. They offer educational programs and make referrals to other treatment options. AA exists on many campuses as well.
Learning Disabilities: Usually an office or a person is designated to help students with learning disabilities. Not only are there educational programs to teach skills for dyslexic readers or for visually impaired students, but this office is also able to arrange extra time for test taking, note taking services, taped books and other study aids.
Daily needs: On many campuses in a central location or in the student union banks, postal services, ATMs, and vendor foods can be found. Even free email stations are available. Throughout campus you should also be able to find computer clusters and printing services.
Religion: Clergy and/or religious leaders exist as part of many campuses’ staff or work as close affiliates with the college. Along with religious services are education programs, volunteer, opportunities, and counseling.
Physical Disabilities: For those who have a physical disability there will be a contact person or an office to advocate for you. Buildings can be made accessible, and modifications of bathrooms and other living situations on campus can be made. Service animals can be residents with you as well.
Mental Health: Counselors are available at a counseling center or through the health center. Both individual counseling and group counseling is usually offered. Typical programs are anger management, dealing with abuse issues, couples problems, eating disorders, and many more.
Gender Identity Issues: Often there are student organizations for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual students. Such organizations offer social events and support. The Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) exists on campuses to deal with any discrimination and can help with harassment or personal threatening.
Cultural Differences: Multi-cultural programs offer a wide variety of programming and educational presentations to increase sensitivity and awareness. Available through these programs are social gatherings which allow multi-cultural students to come together and provide great enrichment. Study abroad programs, student exchange programs, and transfer programs also offer multi-cultural experiences.
Student Protective Services: Most campuses have call boxes for help throughout the campus. There are other programs available as well. Not only is there most likely a campus security force or police department, but often courses in self-defense are offered, shuttle buses run from distant parking lots to the campus center, and there are walking companions you can call upon.
Nutrition: The health center can help you establish special diets and give you nutritional advice. Dining services can also be contacted for specialized meal plans and to adjust menus to special diets or other food requirements.
This is just a sample of the ways various campus services and offices provide students with all they need to make their campus life experience healthy and happy.