Free College Resources Help You Meet College Demands
You're Probably Paying For These Services, So Why Not Use Them? While getting accepted to college is a major achievement, succeeding in college is an even bigger one. To give yourself every advantage, tap into college resources.
Colleges are communities
The more involved you are in your community, the more likely you are to stay in college and complete your degree. Several studies have found that students who live on campus and are involved in school activities are more likely to graduate. Why? Perhaps these students are more aware of the resources that their college has to offer.
Don't be shy about asking for help. For example:
- Meet with your professors during office hours to ask any questions you have about assignments and course topics. If you have a problem with a professor, you should speak with the chair of the department or with a dean of undergraduate studies.
- Get help with basic composition techniques in your school's writing center.
- See if tutors are also available through a particular department.
- Look into study groups with other students in your courses. These groups are a great way to get support in a more informal setting.
College residences usually have a resident adviser who can address issues outside of your regular courses. If necessary, your adviser can direct you to other campus services for more specific forms of support, assistance, or information.
Also, many colleges have "living-learning" programs which let you live with others who have similar interests, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and broaden your involvement in academic, social, and leadership activities.
College counseling services
If you're having a tough time coping with stress, pressures from home, or problems in relationships, or if you feel isolated or depressed or have other personal issues that you want help working through, mental health counselors are a great resource. Colleges generally offer free and confidential counseling to students for a set number of sessions or semesters. If you have continued counseling needs, they can refer you to off-campus counselors and psychologists.
Reprinted with the permission of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
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