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Higher Ed Resources for Students

by Molly O'Shaughnessy | March 17, 2021
Higher Ed Resources for Students

Higher ed resources for students

As a current college junior navigating through life and classes through trial and error, I believe there are a few higher ed resources for students that should be more strongly emphasized. Many college students spend these four years figuring out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. The stress of the unknown future and long term goals can be overwhelming at times. It often feels like we are the only ones who understand the problems we are facing. However, in my experience, if you are willing to reach out, there are many resources and people who are more than happy to assist you. Here is my list of resources that I think higher education pros should more strongly emphasize to their students.

1. Tutoring services

Before college, many students receive personalized attention at smaller high schools and sometimes have help and support from parents or guardians. When they begin college, however, they no longer have the comfort of their support system to keep them motivated. Many students struggle in their first semester due to the increased workload and unfamiliar environment.

In my experience, learning about free tutoring services for students became a grade saver. I did not learn about this resource until my second semester after hearing about it from one of my friends. Since these tutors are past students in the class, they are familiar with the information necessary to succeed. I have continued to use this service for any class I struggle with, and it has been very helpful!

2. Resume review / interview practice

A universal fear among many college students is preparing for the interview and job search. For the first time in our lives, we have to think about our professional future. Many people feel unprepared for this search and don’t know where to begin.

College to Career offices are extremely important, since transitioning into a career is the expected next step when students graduate. These offices contain people who have a lot of experience helping students find their next job. They offer things such as resume reviews and mock interviews. As a junior in college right now, I rely on this office heavily as I search for internships. The staff are very knowledgeable!

3. Mental health resources

College can often feel overwhelming, and students might feel lonely while adjusting to a new environment. In our mental health ebook, we noted that these feelings are also likely heightened as a result of the COVID pandemic. As a result, it’s important that students focus on mental health and that professors and administrators are available for support.

One way that many schools support students' mental health is by providing therapists for students to meet with. Many of my friends have found this resource very helpful. However, many people are unaware of it. Awareness around mental health resources should be prioritized, especially during the pandemic.

4. Workout classes

I know many students make healthy living a priority during high school by playing sports. I also believe that many hope to maintain this active lifestyle when they transition into college. However, once classes begin, students tend to spend less time working out and lose motivation to go to the gym.

Workout classes are a great way to stay motivated because it is a time that you commit to and it can easily fit into a college class schedule. This is an important higher ed resource for students because it is a healthy way to alleviate stress. Furthermore, it has been proven to be very beneficial for mental health. When I came to college and heard about the free workout classes, I began working out much more frequently by signing up for them. In addition, I got to know some of the girls in my hall through attending these classes together!

5. Library databases

A final resource that a lot of college students do not take advantage of are the databases provided through the library. Many news sources, such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, can be expensive, and college students are unlikely to pay for them. This is why oftentimes colleges buy a subscription that is free for their students to use. At my school, for example, the library website has a list of databases that are useful for each major. This can be extremely helpful if you need to write a paper or report for a class. Similarly, it can be helpful if you simply want to learn more about a topic, such as a topic that might be discussed in a job interview.

I had not learned about this resource until my sophomore year when a library specialist came into my class. She revealed the abundance of information that we had at our fingertips. Now, I use a lot of these resources in my reports for class. It is also helpful if I want to read articles in my own time because they’re free!

Learn more

Ultimately, college can be a stressful transition into a new environment, especially in the current pandemic. This makes communication and higher ed resources for students especially important right now! For more information about the importance of communication in colleges, read more here. If you want to learn more about recruiting for Fall 2021, read our full ebook here.

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