Universities offer you more than just the opportunity to gain knowledge around a particular field of study. On-campus you will find many resources available for your use and very often these services are free of charge or require only a nominal fee. Be sure to check out your student handbook or guide for all the relevant info about these services at your university. These services are open to all students and may include the following:
Lets face it, you will catch the flu, be stung by a bee or need contraception and this is but a drop in the ocean of what the universitys healthcare centre is equipped to help you with. Some dispense medicine and if need be will refer you to a local medical specialist.
We all need an ear to listen to our problems and concerns now and again especially during exam times. Often many students struggle with the fast-paced tertiary curriculum and most counselling centres will have support groups and offer individual counselling if you knock on the door. Counselling centres also offer support for students who experience trauma.
Career development centre
This should become your favourite place on campus. Why? Because the friendly staff will help you set up a CV and help you prepare for interviews. The career development centre is not only there to help final-year students but also able to assist other students enquiring about part-time work or internship opportunities. Many centres will also be able to give you an indication of where you can find part-time work placements close to campus.
Financial aid office
Tertiary education does not come cheap and when your family falls on hard times and you need more information about bursaries and scholarship opportunities, the financial aid office is the place to go. The financial aid office staff usually put up posters with scholarship info so be sure to give those a glance every week or so. Be proactive and enquire about bursaries well in advance as most applications and scholarships close around the middle of the year.
Societies and clubs
No man is an island and all work and no play is detrimental to your health. So pull up your courage socks and learn a new hobby or take up a different sport. Most institutions hold a club evening where you can learn more about the clubs available and what they offer. Choose carefully as there usually is a membership fee.
Yes, the first-year spread is unfortunately a reality for many students but luckily most institutions offer students a gym membership at low prices. Now is the time to get into shape and prepare yourself for a healthy adulthood.
Opportunities are found in abundance on campus and you should never let them slip past you. Universities also have other institutions within departments which offer accredited short courses at a nominal fee and very often with scholarship opportunities. Dont sit in your room all alone; sign up for a course, make new friends and get a certificate that will look good on your CV.