IMG_3319Having some trouble adjusting to college life? You don’t have to do it alone. There are resources on most campuses that can help you through this challenging but exciting time in your life.

Academic advising

You probably won’t be required to meet with your advisor, so it’s your responsibility to set up meetings. Meet at least once per semester, because your advisor will know which classes will meet your interests, fulfill college requirements, and keep you on track to graduate.

Career services

A college’s career planning services may include mock interviews, career/major exploration, resume creation, searching for internships, or local career listings. Use these services as early as your freshman year. Read this blog for more information on why searching for a career early in college is a good idea.

Housing services

Each floor in an on-campus living facility has a Resident Assistant (RA). This is a fellow student who sets up events, gets students acquainted with college and dorm life, and helps resolve disputes between roommates and neighbors, among other duties.

If you have an issue your RA can’t resolve, dorms also have a Residence Director. This person is a part of the college’s staff and it’s their full-time job to work with residents and RAs to make sure everybody is comfortable.

DSC_0913Computer and printer services

If you don’t have a computer, your college probably has computer labs in the library, dorms or class buildings. They may also have printers, but you may have to provide your own paper and pay a small fee for ink, so keep that in mind.

Disability services

Colleges must make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Your college’s disability services coordinator will work with you to find the help needed for you to succeed. Read this for more information.

130419_EQuest_460Dining halls

If you live on campus, your room and board fees should include a meal plan at campus dining halls. You’re already paying for this service, so use it!

Health center

Whatever your health need, your college probably has a health center that will help you. Like a doctor’s office, these services will require either payment or insurance that will cover the costs.

University police

Many colleges have a police force that patrols campus and dorms to ensure that students are safe and following campus rules. Program the campus police department’s contact information into your phone in case of an emergency.

Rec centers

Your college’s recreation center will usually have both cardio and strength training equipment available. If you need help creating an exercise plan or figuring out how to work the equipment, ask about a training program.