If you’ve visited a college already, then you know what I’m talking about when it comes to student services. College offers a wide variety of student services, from tutoring and supplemental instruction (SI) sessions to Disabilities Services.
You should be by NO means ashamed to take advantage of tutoring and SI sessions. Tutoring is one-on-one help and is usually free at most schools. SI sessions are weekly group study sessions offered to all students taking that course. Students who utilize these are much more prepared for classes and exams and get an overall better grade than those who do not utilize these resources.
Disabilities services is another story. People hate to think that there is something they need to fix about themselves. I went through a period of extreme anxiety that interfered with my daily life. I was having panic attacks where I’d randomly get very dizzy, lightheaded, hot, and it was hard to breathe. I realized that I could no longer put off getting help. I reached out to my faculty mentor who then suggested I see student health and the counseling services, which were also free resources to all students.
I went to both of the suggested student resources to discover that I had a major anxiety disorder. It was finally time for me to face my fears. I decided that I could no longer to this on my own. I relied on a counselor, doctor, boyfriend, and my friends at SLU for help to get me through this hard time.
At first I was ashamed that I had to rely on others to help me through a tough time. I thought it made me less than others who could handle themselves on their own. With time, I realized that I had NOTHING to be ashamed of. Using your resources to help you be successful is an incredible blessing. I am still getting through things, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I was also sent to Disability Services to discuss accommodations concerning my anxiety. While I am not required to use these accommodations, it provides a very comforting safety blanket just in case I need to use them.
Long story short, the resources provided for you at college aren’t there just for those who are desperate enough to use them, sadly I just found that out the hard way. They’re there for you to USE!
DO NOT BE ASHAMED.