For those new to campus your college or university is likely a small world unto itself -- which can be intimidating and overwhelming. A great way to stay proactive during your time in school is figuring out what the most important offices on campus as well as where they're located. Knowing where to go for help can be a real time saver for unexpected situations that will undoubtedly arise in addition to this.  You may have only interacted with Financial Aid electronically and through the mail before you arrived on campus.  Now that you're on campus, however, make it a point to figure out where the office is located and make an appointment (face-to-face) with a financial aid adviser if needed. You can always be on top of your financial game so that it is smart to build a positive, respectful relationship with the staff there. Your dean of students may seem intimidating at first -- he or she is a dean, after all -- but your dean is also likely one of your best allies on campus. The process will probably end up going through the dean of students office at some point or another in case you're having any kind of problem, have a concern, or just want to express a student view on an issue or policy

The most important offices to know in college

It's good to know where the office is located and how to reach staff if need be even in case you only interact electronically with your campus registrar. You'll want to know how to reach someone as soon as possible in case you're scheduled to register for classes from home, for example, but you've hit some kind of technical glitch. If you're up against an add/drop deadline or need to know how to request transcripts for your graduate school application, in addition to this you do not want to waste time looking around for information you could easily already know. Think you won't catch the flu, need an antibiotic, or need a prescription refilled during your time in school? Think again. Know in advance where you should go when you need to get medical care so that you don't have to struggle to find it when you're feeling at your worst. Your life doesn't stop just because you're in college. You might be stressed more than you've ever been in the past; you might lose a friend or loved one unexpectedly; you might want to be screened for depression; you might be dealing with your parents' divorce; you might want counseling after a trauma. You likely won't want to spend your already-limited energy on finding out where they are, how to make an appointment, and what they offer. Instead, be proactive about your mental and emotional health and know how to reach out in case you think you could (or even might) benefit from speaking with a counselor. These are some of the most important offices to know in college.