The average cost of tuition at public four-year colleges is right around $20,000. A common misconception is that all that money goes toward the classes we take. As a student, what are you actually paying for? While that is a large chunk of it, useful resources for students included in tuition often go unutilized.
There may be things you’re overlooking that can help ease some of the stress that comes with going to college. That’s what these services are here for. After all, you should know what you’re paying for.
Here are five of the most common college resources that are frequently underused:
A career center is something you hear about constantly throughout college. For most students, it goes in one ear and out the other. Most people think career centers are just there to help college students figure out a major, but that’s only part of what they do. They also connect you with alumni and employers in your focused field. It’s a good way network while still in college.
Just because you’re a poor college student doesn’t mean you can’t seek professional legal advice. Most campuses have legal advisors you can arrange appointments with to discuss legal issues. Getting screwed on your deposit? Make an appointment and explain your situation. I’ve spoken with legal counselors on my campus before about that very issue and learned a lot that I’d otherwise not have been privy to.
Get off your ass and burn off last night’s 30 rack. As long as you’re enrolled, your tuition includes using the college’s gym. You’d be surprised with how nice the equipment is and how empty it is because no one uses it for some reason. Go check it out. Go run around the track. Do something. You are paying for it.
Student Health Services
This is probably the most underused resource on college campuses. When you pay tuition, you’re also paying for a wide variety of medical services that people never take advantage of. Student Health Services provide everything from flu shots to affordable healthcare plans. You can also get useful information about your sex life from nurses who are trained specifically to deal with college students. Don’t go to a hospital and overpay when a lot can be done on campus with money you’ve already shelled out.
Psychiatric services are arguably the most important resources at college. College is tough on people—especially going to a new one straight out of high school. The lifestyle can be a rough transition. Before you know it; you’re in debt with nothing to show for it but a string of drunken weekends. That can take its toll on anyone. Colleges have counselors to help get students through depression, anxiety and/or adjustment to an entirely different world. I’ve had the misfortune of seeing what college can do to someone. It’s sad to witness and know that something more can be done. If you’re having a hard time adjusting, I strongly encourage checking out this service.