• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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Resources on Campus You need to use

 

College Support Services for all students!

No individual can successfully exist on his/her own, right? Help and support is often needed for an individual to get to the finishing line, no matter how long that may take. It is often said that education is a journey, and with that in mind, here are a few things that I think can make that journey worthwhile and successful:

Other Students 

Believe it or not, having other students to live, learn, experience life, and  grow with is the best component of a memorable college experience.Ten years down the line after graduation, you would probably have forgotten about most of the things you were taught in class but what time will never take from you will be the experiences you gained, things you did and applied yourself to. Thus, it is quite essential to try, by all means, to get engaged with fellow students for it is in interacting with others that we learn, teach and define our selves. Students have a life outside class too! Find and make lifelong friends!

Professors

Oh yes, professors. They are the signposts that will point to you the best way to get to your final destination. Most universities build their reputation on having professors known for not only pointing the way to students during their education journey but assisting them to get to their final destination. At CSS, professors are dedicated to students and their should be your extinguishers when your academic car is on fire. They are not only there to teach students but to learn from students as well. After all, education is a continual process.

Academic Advisor

At CSS, each first year, full time freshman’s academic advisor will be their first year program (Dignitas) instructor. The academic advisor is very crucial especially when you are mapping out your route in the world of education. They’ll fill you in on the courses you need to take and how close you are to fulfilling all requirements for your education, but they’re also so much more than that.  They help you with some tips and advice on how to survive your journey. They also help you come up with a plan for your education and help you out as you transition to a career. You’ll likely have a meeting or two scheduled each semester, but set up additional appointments if you feel you need it. Assisting students is the advisers calling and you can benefit from having at least one or two advisers.

The International Student Office (Office of International Programs)

For international students, the OIP is like a Swiss Army Knife that can help you with just about everything, from resolving school-related issues to helping answer any cultural questions you might have. This is the best place to ask just about anything and be pointed in the right direction. You’ll also meet and connect with fellow international students in and around this office, these students can also be helpful with any questions you may have. Even if you are not an international student, this will be the best place to go if you want to connect and build relationships with international students. You never know where you education can take you and having worldwide connections/ties might help a lot!!

The Tutoring and Writing Center (Center for Academic Success)

This is an invaluable resource that’s worth taking advantage of. Regardless of how strong your language skills are conversationally, you’ll want to ensure your writing skills are excellent for all the papers you’ll work on while in college and even when you join the workforce! Having trouble comprehending a subject? Have someone help you demystify some of those things you didn’t understand in class. It’s free, even though your tuition covers it one way or another! Get value for your hard-earned money!

Counseling/Guidance and Career Services

Don’t be too confident. It’s completely normal to experience some culture shock when moving to another country or transitioning from high school to college. The experience can also feel a little isolating or overwhelming at times. Counselors are there to help you talk through your problems. They work around your schedule and can make a big difference in how you’re feeling. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment if you feel like it could help. In addition, if you are planning on working or considering your future prospects job-wise, get in touch with the counselors, ask questions, have your CV proofread etc, just get in touch with them, I repeat, even just to say ‘Hi!’

Center for Equal Access and Office of Diversity and Inclusion

‘The College of St. Scholastica is committed to fostering a learning environment that is culturally diverse and pluralistic.’

‘The Center for Equal Access exists to foster an inclusive community for all students, with a focus on furthering the education, understanding, and promotion of students with disabilities.’

No human is more equal than others. These two resources exist to ensure that it is so and it remains so. You are never alone. No matter where you come from, you will have a place on campus and if you feel you don’t, these resources will help you find your spot.

Student Center for Health and Well-being (SCHAWB)

From how to take care of your health to how to maintain your health, SCHAWB is there to lead you to a healthy future. They offer students services that help them achieve academic success in a way that does not affect their physical, emotional and mental well-being. For your spiritual well-being, I suggest you perhaps check with the Campus Ministry!

There are many and endless support services on campus that I cannot include them all in a single blog. Others are even unknown to most students but they are always there. You just need to reach out. If you need to know where and how you can access any or all of these services, there is a wonderful resource on campus that will direct you in any way possible. They are there so that you only need to make One Stop to connect to all of the above!

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