Everyone always talks about meeting new friends in college, roommates, or significant others, but what about staff members? Staff members in college are some of the most important people you’ll meet, and some of the most valuable resources you’ll come across. Here are a few staff members I recommend all college students meet.
This is the person that’s going to be living on your dorm’s floor with you and handling anything and everything that surrounds your dorm room. Any roommate problems or dorm related things will be handled by your RA. Everyone thinks RAs are very uptight and all they want to do is get you in trouble, but that’s not the case at all! I had two wonderful RAs my freshman year and they were super cool (Shout out to Amy and Holly, you guys rocked!). They held movie nights, yoga workouts, and even DIY crafting night! They want to make sure you have a great college experience as well as keeping you safe, so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself. Their job is to make sure you’re comfortable!
Your academic advisor is your guide to everything related to your major and education. They’ll be assisting you when you build your class schedule, switch classes, and keep you on track through your college journey. Your advisor can even get you into classes that are already full if you need them to pass. They want to make sure that you reach your goals and graduate on time with no troubles so visit them as often as you’d like.
If you’re not the most tech savvy person, definitely take note of your campuses technology office. These people can certainly make your life so much easier, whether your laptop is having problems or the school’s website, they can usually figure out the problem in a heartbeat. Stop on by if you’re having some tech issues, they’ll be happy to help!
Most counseling centers are free on college campuses, so if you’re having some personal problems, stop in and chat with them. I had a few sessions with a counselor at the beginning of the year about some things I was nervous about as well as my fear of not making friends and it helped to be able to talk to someone! By the end of the semester I wasn’t so anxious about everything anymore, and, yes, I did make friends. There is no shame in asking for help if you need it so if you are having problems, your college counselor can help!
Your College Professors
It’s so important that your professors know who you are. After the end of my first class with them, I always make a point to introduce myself, and that I’m excited to be taking their class. Some professors teach hundreds if not thousands of other students, so making yourself stand out is crucial. Your professors are the best people to build connections with, for they can put you in contact with so many valuable resources!
If you’re concerned about your safety on campus, I recommend making your way over to your campus security office and asking them a few questions. I was a little concerned about my safety in college. If I couldn’t find a parking spot on campus, I’d have to park almost half a mile away from my dorm. Walking in the dark in the dead of the night in a very scary parking garage, that half mile seems to go on FOREVER. I learned that I could call the campus security office and get an escort to my room if I ever felt unsafe walking by myself. See if your campus has any helpful security tips for you by visiting their office or giving them a call.
Student Health Center Facilitators
I used to get sick a lot in high school to the point where every two weeks or so I’d find myself having to stay home from school for days at a time. Your student health facilitators don’t want you out for the school year, so if you tend to have a lot of health problems or take a lot of medications, drop by and inform them about your conditions. I turned in a health form to them with all of my updated vaccines, and past health history in case I did get sick and I wasn’t able to speak for myself!
Who are some people you’d recommend meeting in college? Leave a comment below!