5 Places To Go For Help On Campus

Yes, college does throw you into having the independence of an adult. You’re not under your parent’s house rules anymore and your teachers let you make your own decisions—and mistakes.

But even adults need help once and while and it’s OK to ask for it. Being on an unfamiliar campus can be scary when you’re in a vulnerable or confusing situation, but rest assured, there are plenty of people on campus that are there to help.

Get acquainted with these resources early so you know where to go when you need them the most.

  • Your advisor: Your advisor is the person you’ll need to see when you have questions about your courses and graduation timeline. It can be very confusing to figure out what courses you have to take, which you can’t take, and what order to take them in. Don’t rely on your best guess or your friend’s plan, all that will do is get you enrolled in the wrong classes and put you at risk for delaying graduation. Email, call or visit your advisor anytime you need clarification on enrollment, advice on dropping or switching classes, or tweaking your plan.
  • The Wellness Center: The on-campus Wellness Center is your stop for medical and counseling assistance. The wellness centers have onsite medical teams to help you if you are feeling sick, need immunizations, or hurt yourself. Wellness Centers also usually host a counseling team to help you get through the many struggles a lot of college students face. Whether it’s self-confidence issues, troubles at home, relationship drama, or help working out anxieties, you should never be afraid or ashamed to take the counselors up on their pledge to help you work through your issues and enjoy college to the fullest.
  • Career Services: Career services are not just for seniors looking for a job. Whether you thought you knew what you wanted to do as a career, or are starting with a blank canvas, let the counselors help you make the best laid out plan for post-graduation. They can help guide you towards a major that fits with a realistic career goal aimed towards your passions. Of course they are also there to help seniors get a job out of college, or others get a head start, setting up networking opportunities, internships, and job fairs.
  • Public Safety: The “on-campus cops” patrol the campus and surrounding areas to make sure the community is safe. They are who you should call first if you are in a car accident on campus, feel threatened by anything or anyone on campus, suspect any of your possessions have been stolen or tampered with, or just need an escort to your dorm on an after hours walk home in the dark. You have a right to feel safe on your campus 24/7, and if for any reason you don’t, allow the public safety professionals to step in.
  • Student Life: If you are new to campus, or just tired of the same old routine and just need help finding something to do, pay a visit to the student life offices. They can give you tips on local activities, set you up with extracurriculars, get you the in to concerts or shows, or work with you to set up a club that you want to be apart of that may not exist yet.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.