By: Guest On: July 21, 2010 In: On Campus, Student Life Comments: 0

Taking advantage of student resources is not only a great way to get involved in your college community, but also a great way to save money, receive medical attention and get help with your studies.

Want to know how? Here’s a list of college resources with which you should be familiar:

Residential Services

Most college dorms have resident advisers that will help you address issues outside of your regular curriculum. Don’t be afraid to make friends and come to your RA for help! Having been a student at the college for longer than you have, your RA will likely have some helpful tips and advice for all your inquiries.

Counseling Services

If you’re having a hard time coping with homesickness, stress, pressure from home, problems in your personal relationships, or any other issues you feel you need to work through, you often can get confidential (and free!) counseling at your college.

Mental health counselors are usually available on campus for a set number of sessions or semesters. If you need continued help, they will be able to refer you to off-campus counselors or psychologists that you can afford.

Health Services

Like the counseling services, health services are completely confidential on campuses. They usually include immunizations, diagnostic testing, and treatment of illnesses. Make sure you know what you’re covered for so you can take advantage of this college resource for students!

Financial Services

Are you thinking about taking out a loan? Having trouble filling out your FAFSA? Want to know what your financial options are? The financial aid office is a great college resource for students. You can get free guidance and advice about all your financial questions and get introduced to strategies for paying off college that you may not have even considered.  Questions about work-study? This is the place to go for that, too.

Want to succeed in college by making the best grades, saving a ton of money and making great friends? The secret to meeting all the challenges that college presents is being knowledgeable about — and taking advantage of — all of the college resources available for students.

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