Summer Before College Series 34: Resources!

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Hello again, blogging world!

Can you believe that you only have one month left before starting school? Some of you may even have less than that! The summer has flown by faster than you could ever imagine!

Do you think that you are ready for what lies ahead? Are you nervous to be in a new place without the guidance of your parents or guardians? What you need to remember is that you are not alone! College is an intimidating place, but there are people for you to talk to with similar situations.

Below, I will list and describe several people that you can contact or talk to once you arrive at school. These people have been through the same situation as you and/or know everything that there is to know about your school. They will be great to contact once you get there in the fall and do not know where to go, what to do, or when to do certain things. They will definitely make your transition easier.

  1. RA. I have said it over and over again in previous blogs: your RA’s job is to help you to make the adjustment from living at home to living in a dorm with strangers. Your RA will gladly help you to find an academic building, give insight to the best places to eat on-campus, and help you to find that perfect club or organization for you.
  2. Roommate. Your roommate is the best person to talk to about your fears or anxieties of college. He/She is in the same boat as you. This is also his/her first time at college-this could even be his/her first time in the state or country! Have a chat with him/her once you have both settled in. Who knows? Your roommate could have the same fears as you!
  3. Student Center. Every university has some form of a student center. Whether it is called an “information center” or a “student services center”, it has one purpose: to help the university’s students. This resource will help you to find buildings on-campus, buildings/shopping off-campus, as well as give you an inside look at all of the fun activities that your university has to offer.
  4. University Tour Guides. From experience, I can tell you that your university tour guides are the best people to go to if you have any questions about statistics, classes, buildings, locations, activities, housing, dining, meal plans, etc. They are required to know everything there is to know about the university. They would be very willing to help any student! How do you find them? Go to your student center and ask for their office location. Then, go to the office and ask away!
  5. Counseling Center. This resource is very helpful in calming students’ nerves and anxieties, especially for freshmen. There is no need to be embarrassed if you take advantage of this resource! Lots of students use the center so that they can have a stress-free year!

Make sure to remember these five resources when you get to school. That way, if you have any questions about locations, activities, housing, dining, etc., you will know exactly who to go to!

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