Hello lovelies! Today I am back to help incoming college freshman learn about 5 services that they should definitely take advantage of during their freshman year. Your university is here to serve you – and oftentimes, special events and programs exist that are designed specifically for freshman in mind. Read on to learn more about these programs!

Welcome Week/Free Food Events

Many colleges have a “Welcome Week” – that is, a series of events (usually within the first week or two of school) that are catered toward welcoming new students to campus and helping freshman make friends and feel like they are part of the community. I absolutely encourage you to attend these events – especially the ones with free food! – because they really can help solidify the connection you feel to campus, get you pumped for the school year, shed any remaining homesickness you feel, and help you meet a ton of awesome people!

Drop-in Advising/Cross-College Advising Services

Not sure yet what you want to major in? No problem! Most likely your campus will offer specific advising services to help undeclared or currently undecided students find the right program for them. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity and explore all your options before making your final decision.

Mental health services

Most students who come in will experience a sense of homesickness at one point or another. The transition from high school (and living at home) to college (and staying in a dorm/apartment with a bunch of people you initially don’t know) can be difficult.

Dorm-related events

If you are a freshman, chances are you are living in the dorms! Most dorms hold their own events, which will give you plenty of opportunities to meet people who live on your floor or in the same building as you do! Plus, many have free food, which is everything when you are a poor college student! 😉

University libraries

Chances are, your university has one (or several) libraries on campus. These spaces will probably be your new study spot come midterm season, so figuring out your way around them is essential. Also, many professors will require you to access material online via databases, so librarians are an awesome resource to learn how to conduct research and what materials are available to you as a student.

Thanks for reading! Please share any comments or questions with me below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart

xoxo Casey

Related: How to Survive Your Freshman Year of College


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