Learning to Ask for Help
December 8, 2014
Blogger: Daphne Auza
As a senior, it’s almost like I am expected to write on the following topics: Senior C*mps (yes, that asterisk is as necessary as it is for a swear word because of how other seniors shudder every time I mention it). Gap year, job, and internship applications. Time speeding by so fast it’s unfair. A bucket list for everything about Eagle Rock I still need to explore before May. All of these things ring true for me, especially the fact that I feel as though all I needed to do was blink and senior year had already half finished.
However, I thought I would use this blog post to mention three campus resources that have proved incredibly useful to me lately. Some of them I’ve been using for a while, and one of them I’ve only become a little more familiar with this semester. I’m definitely of the opinion that college is what you make of it, but I do think it’s important to consider the formal support that institutions provide for their students. I’m pretty sure anyone who’s reading this is an independent, knowledgeable young adult who plans on taking life by storm (that’s why you’re researching Oxy, right?) but sometimes, you’re going to need a little assistance on your path to (even more) greatness.
And if there’s anything I’ve learned this semester, it’s that there is absolutely no shame in that.
1) Center for Academic Excellence: Where would I be without Oxy’s peer writing advisors? Since my first month at Oxy, this talented group of students has always given me thorough, genuine, and helpful feedback on my academic papers. It’s always a good idea to get a second pair of eyes on your work, but every time I’ve gone to the CAE for writing advice, I always do much better than I anticipated on a paper that initially gave me a lot of anxiety.
2) Career Development Center: Every internship that I’ve had during my college experience was recommended to me through the CDC. If you come to Oxy, always be on the lookout for their information sessions, TigerLink/job and graduate school application workshops, and emails. You never know who they might just connect you with! And although I have yet to take advantage of it, they also have office hours where they’ll look over your resume in detail.
3) Emmons Health Center: There has been some controversy around Emmons’ availability and services that made me hesitant to go them in the past, but nonetheless it is the primary place on campus where students can have their physical and psychological health needs met. In terms of counseling services, they offer up to ten free sessions where students can meet with clinical psychologists and supervised graduate trainees. College - and life in general - has its road bumps, and you can’t always get out of them alone. Sometimes you need someone who’s willing to listen and help you make a plan for self-care.
I can’t speak for everyone at Oxy, but I thought it might be helpful to give an overview of my experiences with these student resources. To be honest I hadn’t looked into them too much before coming to this school, but I’m glad I found them when I did!