Help! What Student Support Services are at My College?

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Learning disabilities? Student support services might help.
Learning difficulties and accommodation issues can affect your college experience too. Pexels public domain image.

 

Starting college can be a pretty daunting experience. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or you’re going back to school as an older learner, stepping into any new environment is often scary. However, one of the great things about college is that you can find student support services when you need it. Of course, some colleges are better at delivering support than others, which is why you need to choose your school carefully.

If you’re not sure about what student support services might be available to you or what to look for, you’re not alone. Have a look at the following ways to make your college experience a little smoother.

Looking online for campus assistance
Check out campus solutions online for dealing with day-to-day issues.

Tech to Manage Your Information

Although you want support from your college, you also want them to give you the tools to be self-sufficient. This is one way they can offer help, by making sure you don’t always need to seek out someone to ask a question or complete an action.

Systems like mobile campus solutions, for example, make it much easier for you to take care of day-to-day issues. If you need to change some personal information on your student record or deal with a financial issue, it can be very convenient to do so from your smartphone. Electronic student support services remove the need to make an appointment with the right office or getting passed around between different people.

Emotional Student Support Services

College tests how much you can handle academically, but it can also have affect you emotionally. You might find yourself dealing with personal problems or feeling super stressed during exam time, for example. Most colleges will offer some form of student support services if you need someone to actively listen. As well as counseling services if you want to talk to someone in person, you can also sometimes use phone lines to talk to someone anonymously. Plus, you can usually ask for more practical support if something is happening in your life, such as an illness or a bereavement.

Get help paying for your education
College is expensive. Thankfully, there are typically financial aid options available through student support services. Pixabay image, CC0 Public Domain.

More Student Support Services: Financial Aid

Paying for college can be tough. It’s expensive and can you can struggle financially even when you do have access to financial help. Colleges will often provide a number of different financial aid options that can help you. Some might assist in paying for your whole education, while others can help you out if you’re having a particularly tough time.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Some people need a little more assistance than others to access and complete the work they need. They might also need accommodations for where they live. If you have a physical disability, learning difficulties or any other condition that could affect your education, your college should provide you with the support you need. This could range from providing you with accessible accommodation to giving you someone to take notes for you in class. You should have what you need to complete your education.

Final Words on Student Support Services

Your college can offer you a lot of support when you need it. But make sure you do your research to find out who does it best.

Did you use student support services when in college? Were you aware of any or all of these resources?

25 COMMENTS

  1. You may be living on your own for the first time when you go to college β€” but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Most colleges offer campus services that students can use when they need help with personal, social, health, financial or other issues.

  2. That’s a consideration that people may not always think about when they’re selecting schools, but it’s important. Schools should be like communities, and students should access all the support they can to maximize their experience.

    • The outreach services can really add to the college experiences, for better or worse. Schools are communities, you rightly say, and so is the blog world πŸ™‚

    • Great to see you, Kirt! Yes, many kids are deciding on courses and there’s more to think about then just that – the outreach services at colleges can enhance the learning years πŸ™‚

  3. Great tips on how College could benefit Students. I think most students enter college clueless and that could lead to dropping out and having high end debt. Great post! Keep it up! I love it. 😁

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