5 Free College Campus Services That Every Student Should Use

Life is full of opportunity. Optimists often preach that one can be whatever he wants— and there is some truth to that sentiment. There is plenty one can accomplish if he takes advantage of opportunities when they arise.

However, there is only so much one person can do by himself. We all need help at times. The quickest way to make it to the top is to have someone already there pull you up.

In college, we students often get so caught up in our academics—and credit hours—that we neglect the many facilities on campus that are designed to assist us. Universities and colleges offer much more than professors and classrooms to help students succeed, many of which are included in the price to attend the school.

Here are five services on campus that most students hardly utilize.


Career services: I’ve said this many times; the objective of college is to land a job. A diploma is a pretty useless as a form of currency. Now days, jobs are no longer guaranteed after graduation and career services provide outlets for students to network with potential employers. Although, they can’t provide a sure-fire job for every student, it beats uploading your resume’ on Monster.com and playing the waiting the game. I can’t stress enough how helpful career services can be especially for students who haven’t been very involved in school.

Scholarships/grants: It seems that every college student complains about being broke, but how many are actually applying for scholarships? It is a common misconception that scholarships are extremely competitive and time consuming. While some of the more rewarding scholarships are competitive, the smaller ones ($1,000 and less) aren’t hard to get and usually take a few steps to complete. When you’re in bind, $20 can be of use; imagine what you could do with a $500 scholarship. Although there is plenty of free money on the internet, you can look on campus (in your major department) for many scholarship opportunities.

Recreational center: How anyone gains a freshman 15, I don’t get. There is usually a Rec center or weight room on almost every campus. There isn’t any excuse for anyone to be out of shape, because you are paying for your gym membership in your tuition—your welcome!


Athletic events: There is always something to do in college. It may not be what you want to do at the time, but you have options. It’s common for most schools to charge their students an athletic fee, so why not go to the games? Not only does this build school pride, but sports are entertaining and you get to be surrounded by other like-minded individuals. Go support your perennially loosing basketball team!


Professional workshops: When successful, skilled experts in your field come to do a workshop at your school, you should be the first one on the RSVP list. Seriously, these people know what it takes to make it in your field or at very least know something about your field that you don’t. When the workshop is done, make sure to introduce yourself to the professional; it’s about who you know, not what you know.