Hi fellow Smart Girls! My name is Kristen McNeill, and I am a junior at Loyola University of Maryland. I am a business major and am studying abroad in Newcastle, England this semester, so keep an eye out for some posts about studying abroad! I am thrilled to be a Loop writer for SGG, and my goals are to share some knowledge that I have gained over my first two years of college and help you to take advantage of your four years!
Do you ever wish you could get a little extra help in your classes without having that awkward confrontation with your professor? Are you applying for an internship, but don’t know how to construct a proper resume? Have you been feeling homesick, overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, or just plain down in the dumps? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then search no further because the solutions to your problems are most likely on your own college campus!
Colleges aim to help students not only inside the classroom but outside the classroom as well, which is why most universities offer services to students that aid in tackling common issues. These resources can be anything from a Career Center to a Counseling Center and are there to help you build the skills you need for life. Here are a few of the common resources that most college campuses offer:
- Career Center: Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, it’s never too early or too late to make an appointment with the Career Center. Career Center services may include choosing or changing a major, practice interviews, internship and job searches, resume critiques, and much more. I used the Career Center my freshmen year, which really helped me to discover online resources useful in choosing my major and finding internships.
- Peer Tutoring: If your campus has a free tutoring service, I encourage you to use it! I was a peer tutor this past year, and I have also used tutors myself, so I can tell you firsthand that this resource is a must. The one-on-one tutoring can help clarify material that you didn’t quite grasp in class, and because you’re working with another student and not your professor, the environment is relaxed, and you will feel more comfortable asking questions.
- Counseling Center: If you think that you have to be in the middle of a crisis to use the Counseling Center, then you are wrong. Counseling can help address matters that are bothering you as well as areas upon which you would like to improve. College is all about discovering your own unique identity, and there is no better way to do so than talking throughyour concerns with a trained counselor. Taking the initiative and scheduling a meeting at the Counseling Center not only demonstrates tremendous strength, but it also shows how serious you are about making college the best four years of your life.
While these are a few resources that I know many universities offer, I encourage you to do some research on your own and see what other services are available on your campus. You may discover a department or center that you didn’t even know existed! I know you Smart Girls love to take advantage of everything that is offered to you, and your college campus is a great place to start!
– Kristen McNeill