Chapter 1 is a compilation of college resources found on campuses across the country. No two campuses are alike, but most offer the same types of resources. The purpose of this chapter is to familiarize your students with the wealth of resources available to assist them with every aspect of their collegiate experience (academic, personal, social, financial and career).
- Which resources do you anticipate using on a regular basis your first year of college? Which resources do you anticipate relying on more heavily in your last year of college?
- Which resources sound most interesting to you? Which offices or activities would offer you the most opportunities to challenge yourself personally, socially, and academically?
- Find out what events and activities are coming up in the next 6 weeks and select at least three to participate in.
- If you were seeking a summer internship, where would you start your search? Create a list of all the possible campus and community resources that could help you find an ideal internship.
- If you were concerned about a friend who seemed depressed or anxious, how might you help him find information or assistance? What campus and community resources would be most helpful? If you were concerned about a friend who seemed to be experiencing body image issues, how might you help him find information or assistance? What campus and community resources would be most helpful?
- What opportunities are there to meet and interact with a variety of people? Brainstorm ways you can connect with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds and experiences, political and religious affiliations, interests, and areas of expertise.
- Campus Passport. Explore the campus with a partner or two and “stamp” your passport along the way by collecting a brochure or signature from each office or by taking a photograph of you and your traveling buddies at the location. You must visit the following places, but do take time to explore other resources along the way: a) Registrar’s Office, b) Student Accounts Office, c) Library, d)IT Center (or a Computer Lab), e) Tutoring Center, f)Student Health Center, g) Counseling Center, h)Bookstore, i)Athletic Center, j)Campus Police Office, k)Alumni Office, l)Career Services Center, m) Multicultural Student Center, n)Office of the Dean of Students.
- Become an expert on one facet of the college experience and create a presentation that will inform and entertain other new students. Choose a focus area—for example, Play or Culture or Money or Faith—and research the variety of resources available related to that focus area. Once you’ve explored every nook and cranny of your focus area on line, on campus, and in the community, create a presentation to share your knowledge with others.