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New student guide: Resources to survive your first semester

Being a first-year student at Texas Woman’s University can be intimidating, but there are many resources included in your tuition that can make it easier.

From the library to the Classroom and Faculty Office Building, there are services offered all over campus that I spent my whole first semester not knowing about. 

One resource that I wish I would’ve taken more advantage of is the Don Edwards Mathematics & Technology Success Center, or what is simply and commonly referred to as the “Math Lab” around campus. The Math Lab is a computer lab with tutors on hand ready to offer help for math problems that you are struggling with.

As an English major who struggles with anything more than basic addition and subtraction, it’s reassuring to know I don’t have to be confused the entire semester if I don’t understand concepts during class. 

The Blagg-Huey Library is also home to many services. 

The Write Site is located on the second floor of the library and offers free critiques and one-on-one sessions to make your essays as polished as possible before you turn them in. They make suggestions on grammar, structure, citing sources, and provide advice to help and make you a better writer. They also offer online assistance if you can’t make it to the writing center. 

Beside the Write Site is the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, which is there to help you not only in the classroom, but in your professional life as well. They offer help with getting internships, getting involved on campus, and will direct you to academic advising services.

If you struggle with science, you might consider visiting the SLRC, or the Science Learning Resource Center, which is located on the third floor of the Anne Stuart Science Complex. They will walk you through practice problems and help to clarify things that you might not have understood during your lectures.

Many people also don’t know that there is something called Student Health Services that allows you as a TWU student to see a doctor for a lower cost. I’ve visited Student Health Services many times because it’s cheaper, quicker, and more convenient than trying to schedule an appointment with a clinic or doctor off-campus. Insurance is also not required, which is a big plus for college students. 

“People forget about the health center,” senior nursing major Indira Gbery said. “You can pop in and pay later.”

The transition into being a college student can also be stressful.  CAPS, which stands for Counseling and Psychological Services, can help with that. CAPS offers a free individual therapy session that will determine your further needs. They also have group sessions, couples therapy, and events throughout the year designed to promote mental health and awareness. Everyone experiences troubles and stress, so don’t be afraid to go to the CAPS office, located in Jones Hall, and seek help.

When I arrived on campus as a freshman, there were so many resources available that it got overwhelming at times. According to junior political science major Alondra Suggs, there’s now another resource even for that. It’s a new service to campus called Academic Support, and it’s located on the second floor of Guinn. 

“[Academic Support] is a referral agent to go to another resource,” Suggs said. “It’s specifically for first-year students.” 

Everyone is going to struggle and thrive in different things. It’s encouraging to know that there are resources available to help in every area of your studies. Don’t be afraid to use your services!

If you’d like to see the full list of resources available on campus and what each of them offer, visit the TWU website. 

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