College counseling centers can seem intimidating in theory: you may not know exactly what goes on inside but know that it exists on campus. So what exactly can you use a college counseling center for? You might be surprised at all the ways a college counseling center and staff can help make your college life easier! A great counseling center can provide a ton of fabulous resources for you from stress management and mental health screenings to dealing with homesickness and relationship issues. When else do you leave your family and friends, start an entirely new academic program and structure, have to adjust to being on your own, are required to stay on top of your finances (not to mention do a million things with very limited funds), live in a tiny space with someone you've never met before, and somehow keep your chin up after all? Stop in and see what resources are available to you in case you are homesick, having problems adjusting to college, or just want to process out everything you're adjusting to. See if you can receive the same care from your college counseling center in case you were seeing a counselor before you started college and/or are taking prescription medication for a mental health issue.


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A great way to make sure your transition to college stays as smooth and healthy as possible can be connecting with your campus center. Make an appointment to talk to someone in the counseling center in case you find yourself struggling with some challenges -- like possible depression and anxiety.  Many of the counselors there will be specifically trained in dealing with issues that college students face ... meaning they'll be a great resource from the moment you first connect with them. Difficulty dealing with any major life changes. Things might have been great when you started school.  But you may have experience some major, difficult life changes, like the death of someone close to you or the end of an important relationship since then. The counselors at your campus counseling center can help you through these changes so that your academics -- and general enjoyment of your time in school -- won't suffer. The health center may offer screenings that can help you better gauge what's going on in case you're concerned you have an emerging health issue or depression. Some centers even offer screenings online; you can answer a little questionnaire on your own, usually through the center website. Eating disorders and body image issues. Eating disorders and other similar or related health concerns are serious illnesses that require attention. Check with the counseling center to see what resources they provide in case you're concerned about yourself or a friend. You might be surprised at all the ways the staff make themselves available to struggling students from support groups to individual counseling. Substance abuse issues. Nearly every college student knows at least one fellow student whose alcohol use gets a little out of hand.