Whether you are a freshmen or senior, every student experiences a few struggles and difficulties during their college careers. That’s why WSU has made a variety of resources available to its students that are not only free, but easy to access! Here are 14 campus resources you should be taking advantage of as we’re back in full swing this Spring 2017 semester:

1) Ask-A-Nurse

Brought to you by Health & Wellness Services, the Ask-A-Nurse Message Line gives students quick access to a nurse when you’re unsure if you should see a doctor, or if you have any questions/concerns about self-care. This is accessibility at its finest!

2) Online self-assessment

One of the many mental health resources Counseling Services provides students includes the online self-assessment tool. This anonymous questionnaire you can submit identifies stress, anxiety, depression and other problems you may be experiencing, and a counselor will respond to your confidential assessment.

3) AdvisorTrac Scheduler

In an effort to enhance and encourage student success, Advising Services offers an easy way to schedule an advising appointment at any time of day with AdvisorTrac Scheduler. You can meet with advisors regarding anything academics, major and career exploration, resume assistance and more!

4) InterviewStream

This is one of the many tools presented by Career Services that enhances your interview skills. It is private, free and you do not need access to a webcam to practice answering most-asked interview questions. If you don’t have a webcam, you can use the kiosk location in Maxwell 314. There’s no appointment necessary, and you can answer up to six questions in 20 minutes or less.

5) WSC Peer Advocates

Also part of Career Services, the Peers offer immediate help in answering questions about upcoming career events/fairs, reviewing your resume and cover letter, and assisting with accessing other resources. In addition, take a look at the Career Prep Toolkit available online as you’re beginning to manage your future career.

6) TutorTrac

Thanks to Tutoring Services, sharing and scheduling tutoring information is easier than ever! Here you are able to search for 1-on-1 tutor options as well as group session for a range of subjects. It’s quick, easy and FREE.

7) Writing Center

Always a great place to receive writing, reading or research help, the Writing Center in Minne 348 offers free, individualized instruction by undergrad and graduate students specializing in writing careers. It doesn’t matter your major – someone will always be able to help! Although walk-ins are welcome, appointments are favored. But, remember to come to the Writing Center several days to one week before an assignment is due! It’s always better to visit sooner than later.

8) Foundation Scholarships

Not sure where to look for scholarships? The WSU Foundation makes applying for scholarships a breeze as you click the purple “Apply” button and are taken to a list of all of the Foundation scholarship opportunities. After you sign in with your StarID and fill out your general application, you will immediately be matched with scholarships for which you meet the minimum eligibility criteria. Of course, none of these scholarships would be possible without amazing donors and supporters!

9) CashCourse

Gain control of your finances with CashCourse, a free web-based resource for those looking to learn about financial literacy and wellness. Stop feeling stressed and anxious about money, and start using this tool to manage, explore and learn about your personal finances including how to apply for financial aid, ways to budget, how to get out of debt and how to start saving for retirement. Register for your free account today!

10) TRIO Student Support Services

If you qualify for this great program, you can have access to services including academic advising and various other support opportunities. TRIO Student Support Services advisors help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Stop by the office in Library 219 or call to see if this program that serves 225 students per year can serve you, too!

11) RE Initiative

The RE Initiative supports survivors of gender-based violence, and works to create a culture of respect and responsibility. Peer advocates, who have gone through a 40-hour sexual violence and domestic violence advocacy training, provide victims with a range of services like the WSU 24/7 Confidential GBV Helpline (507.457.5610) and simply providing a safe space to discuss incidents of GBV.

12) PACT Bystander Intervention

The RE Initiative also has a peer education program, PACT (Prevent, Act, Challenge, Teach) Bystander Intervention trainings that are available to all on campus. Students can partake in trainings that range from 10 minutes, 50 minutes, 2.5 hours and 5.5 hours long. The program also holds PACT Tuesdays that are scheduled monthly if people want to attend an open session. For more information about this as well as times and dates, contact Heather Gerdes at HGerdes@winona.edu.

13) Warrior Cupboard Food Pantry

Sometime this semester, the IWC will open the doors of the Warrior Cupboard Food Pantry, where Parkview Pharmacy used to be. The pantry is designed to provide supplemental food items for students struggling with food insecurity. While there is not a set date for this to open, it’s something that will be available soon!

14) Wednesdays With Winston

Finally, pet therapy! If you’re stressed out or simply miss the love of a furry friend while at college, Wednesdays in IWC 138 (The Well) from 4-5pm Winston is available to you for doggy support!

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Allison Mueller

Allison is a Journalism major and Psychology minor from Oshkosh, WI graduating in 2017. She is also the blog manager for the WSU Student Blogs. Her interests include rollerblading, hanging out with friends, playing soccer and basketball, and watching Netflix.

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