5 campus resources for new students

Serena Bettis

In the spring semester, Colorado State University served 26,671 students at all levels of education. No matter where you are from, that is a lot of people to study, work and interact with, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you are new to it. 

To help with the transition onto campus, The Collegian has compiled a list of five essential resources for students available online or on campus.

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1. The Institute for Learning and Teaching

The Institute for Learning and Teaching, or TILT, functions as a tutoring, testing and resource center for any student on campus. 

In addition to free tutoring for many of the sciences and study groups for specific courses across all the colleges, TILT hosts a variety of academic success workshops throughout the semester. Topics for these workshops include time management, exam preparation and procrastination. All the workshops are free. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, all workshops, tutoring and academic support centers moved online to Canvas. All students need to do is follow the links provided on the TILT website to quickly register for the Canvas courses and have access to help typically found on campus.

2. The Assistive Technology Resource Center

The Assistive Technology Resource Center works with the Student Disability Center to provide assistive technology to students with disabilities. According to the ATRC website, students who may benefit from their services include those who have difficulties reading regular-sized text, seeing computer screens, taking notes in class, producing written work and more. 

The ATRC provides all registered full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students with hardware and software loans that include alternative keyboards, digital recorders, Livescribe pens, text magnifiers and writing tools.  

3. The Health Network

On top of providing a wide range of medical and dental services, the CSU Health Network offers counseling and health education services. 

Counseling at the Health Network includes one-on-one sessions for individuals and couples, group therapy and mental health workshops. Other services include drug, alcohol and recovery counseling and spiritual care. 

Check the Health Network’s website on a regular basis to see what their procedures are during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The YOU@CSU program also offers guided support personalized to each student.

4. Rams Against Hunger

If you are struggling with food insecurity or do not have enough meal swipes at the dining hall, Rams Against Hunger is a program out of the office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement designed to reduce food insecurity on campus. 

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Rams Against Hunger offers three pocket pantries, all free to students, that supply non-perishable food items for those in need. The pantries are located in the Lory Student Center, the Aggie Village Family Center and the University Village Apartments.

Rams Against Hunger has also partnered with the Larimer County Food Bank to offer a food pantry to students. While the food pantry used to come to campus once a month, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the operations, and food pantry hours for the fall semester can be found on the Rams Against Hunger website.

5. Diversity Offices

The CSU Diversity Offices provide space for students in historically marginalized groups to find support and community. Each office has a multitude of student clubs, study spaces in the LSC and other resources geared toward their students available on their websites. 

Contact each office to learn more about their policies and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and check out this Collegian article from February to learn about the history of the campus cultural centers.

To find a full list of campus links, go to CSU’s main website, click on “Resources” in the top right corner and look at the links listed under “Current Students.”

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.