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8 on-campus resources every new student should know about

8 on-campus resources every new student should know about

8 on-campus resources every new student should know about
May 27
16:00 2021

Joining a campus of over 40,000 people can be intimidating. However, there are resources across the university to help students with anything from tutoring to legal services. Here are eight departmental resources that every Mean Green eagle should know about.  

Career Center 

The Career Center is the one-stop solution to any student’s professional needs. It regularly offers career fairs and meet-and-greets for students to directly network with potential employers. Young professionals can order free business cards, practice for interviews and receive resume feedback. The Take Flight job shadowing program matches students with hosts working in their career field of interest. Career Center counselors can help identify a student’s major, previous skills and career assessment results to point them down potential job paths. Located in Sage Hall 202, students can learn more on the Career Center website

Student Health and Wellness Center 

Located in Chestnut Hall, the SHWC is the on-campus medical clinic for students. Primary health care services are available alongside basic x-rays, immunizations, gynecological services, laboratory testing and nutritional consultants. A pharmacy sits inside Chestnut for students to pick up prescriptions and certain over-the-counter medicines. Dental and optical offices are also inside the building at Campus Smiles and College Optical Express. The Meadows Center for Health Resources is the health education branch of the SHWC. Services include free safe sex kits, massage therapy services, anonymous HIV testing and wellness consultations. A full list of all SHWC offerings can be found on the SHWC website.

   

Student Legal Services 

SLS offers a wide variety of legal counsel, advice and representation to students. The office can write letters, draft legal documents, represent students and otherwise attempt to resolve different legal problems. Debt collection protection, name changes, employer discrimination and landlord/tenant conflicts can all be assisted by the SLS. The office also offers immigration law support and notary services. SLS is located In Suite 411 of the Union and more can be learned at the SLS website.

Survivor Advocate

The Survivor Advocate is available to students who have experienced violence, trauma and/or harassment, even before their time at UNT. The office connects students to resources and advocates on their behalf. The SA can discuss reporting options, help fill out crime victims compensation applications, arrange for housing and academic accommodations, schedule appointments, help file protective orders and connect students to other on and off-campus resources. Students can learn more on the SA website

Counseling and Testing

Located in Chestnut Hall, CTS provides services to students in two ways: psychological counseling and professional/academic testing. The office provides therapy services ranging from individual, group and couples appointments, as well as career and vocational counseling. Free counseling, vocational and adjunctive therapy sessions are also available in Chilton Hall through the UNTWELL Clinic. Test proctoring services are available through CTS for exams including the GRE, TSI, TOEFL and professional certifications. More can be learned on the CTS website.  

Office of Disability Access

The ODA strives to remove educational barriers for students with disabilities through accommodation services. The office can provide letters of accommodation for students to present to professors, provide alternative forms of course materials and assistive technology, and assist in registering service animals for on-campus housing. The ODA also handles campus access concerns and course-related grievances. The office is located in Sage Hall 167 and additional information is available on the ODA website

Pride Alliance

The Pride Alliance, found in Union 372, is an on-campus gender and sexuality resource center. It provides a safe and welcoming space for all, with a mission of education, engagement and student success. Students can use a variety of PA resources, including the OUTfits Clothing closet for free gender affirming clothing and Queer Cuts for gender affirming haircuts. The Pride Alliance also offers the Lavender Leaders Fall Retreat, a program for students interested in further exploring their gender identities and sexualities in relationship to leadership. A variety of social and educational events are held by the office. More information can be found on the PA website

Learning Center/Writing Center

Located in Sage Hall 170, the Learning Center offers academic support services to students. Tutors and supplemental instruction are available to promote in-class success, while academic coaches are available to create a personalized plan for students’ educational goals. Appointments can be made on the Learning Center website. Across the hall in Sage 150 is the Writing Center, which offers free writing tutoring. Students can bring in papers to be proofread while also learning strategies and techniques to improve their long-term writing skills. Additional information is available on the Writing Center website

The Counseling and Testing Services Center is located inside of Chestnut Hall. Image by Zach Del Bello

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