The first week of our fall semester is over and students are now feeling the hefty weight of their course workloads. What happens now? How can students work through the new overwhelming stresses?
It all starts with knowledge: let students know about the wide array of campus resources available to help cope, guide, and manage their academic challenges. The following resources are just a few of the most common campus services for students:
Writing centers– An excellent campus resource that usually offers free writing tutors. These specialists help students outline writing assignments, edit papers, structure references, and correctly report in-text citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism.
Libraries– Besides the obvious free book rental, libraries are now a modern knowledge utopia. Most provide free computer labs, free technology rentals (cameras, microphones, projectors, USB’s, tripods, movies, etc), free study rooms, discounted printing options, and research/presentation support. Many campus libraries also offer free specialized student workshops about a wide array of topics including, “how to navigate WebCampus”, “how to Skype”, “how to create a PowerPoint”, or “How to use Endnote”.
Student Counseling– Most college students pay a psychiatric counseling fee as part of their student tuition but don’t realize it. Campus counselors are professionals that help reduce anxiety and stress through specialized and confidential discussion. They also teach coping and time management skills. If it’s a service already paid for, why not use it?
Career Centers– While many students complete their coursework, they are also searching for work after graduation. Building a professional resume, reference page, and cover letters takes time; not to mention the skill to present material in a competitive and professional manner. Student career centers are convenient and free campus resources that help maximize employment efforts in less time and are proofread by trained specialists.
Child Day Care– Many higher institutions provide free child day care for the mommy or daddy college student. Space is usually limited, so get on a waiting list now. This student support resource can greatly help encourage a consistent attendance rate by not having to worry about a babysitter.
Health Centers– Another excellent student resource that help address and resolve stress and other wellness issues that distract students from completing homework on time. This is another service whose cost is most likely incorporated into student tuition; so why not use it?
Campus Gyms– There are numerous physical, emotional, mental, social, and other wellness benefits of utilizing campus gyms. Students will experience a boost in self-esteem and health by keeping endorphins high and stress low. Membership fees are usually lower than regular private gyms if not free for students. Suggest that students try working out and having fun in campus recreation activities.
Professors & Administrators– We are here for students. If they are struggling, have them stop by a professor’s office hours, pop into a Student Services office, or contact the Dean of their major. We are here to promote their success. If we can’t directly help the student, we will know the person who can and will make sure the two meet.
Students: RELAX and know you’re in good hands. College is fun and you’re going to do GREAT!