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Top 5 Resources for a Struggling College Student

Posted on 10/4/2019 12:12:53 PM by Katie McCauley

Though a necessary part of life, going to college can be tough on a lot of people. Whether financially or mentally, many college students are struggling to get through the end of the day on a daily basis. This is both okay and expected; the whole process can be very stressful. However, specifically at Cabrini University, there are tons of ways to get help and try to take some of the burdens off. Here are just a few of the ways any student can get some much-needed help.

  1. Counseling & Psychological Services - Though there are still stigmas against mental health on some campuses, Cabrini opens their arms to help students struggling in any way they can. The most efficient of their options is to visit Cabrini’s on-campus counseling and psychological service office. Located in Grace Hall, the University’s well-trained professionals are there to give you help on your time. According to the Cabrini website, "Counseling and Psychological Services facilitates students’ growth by focusing on values of self‑respect, respect for others, and self‑awareness.” They also offer both individual and group counseling for whatever you may need. To schedule an appointment, visit the office located in Grace Hall, Room 174, during the hours of 9am to 4pm, or contact them over the phone (610.902.8561).

  2. Cabrini Cupboard - The Cabrini Cupboard is an open resource for students struggling financially to affordCupboard Flyer groceries or to access efficient food sources while on campus. Because this can affect students’ performance in the classroom, Cabrini is sure to extend its services fully to any student struggling with financial or health issues. The Cupboard is often made up of donations from other students, faculty, and staff. To help, you can donate any non-perishable food items and toiletries at the Center for Student Success in Grace Hall, Room 135, or you can make a financial donation through cabrini.edu/give. However, if you are in need of the Cabrini Cupboard, you can print and fill out the Food Pantry Intake Form

  3. Center for Career and Professional Development - If you are thinking about what you’re going to do after college (and trust me, most of us are), you may want to visit the Center for Career and Professional Development (also known as the CCPD). The CCPD offers advice on career management to Cabrini University undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. The office ensures that graduates will receive major-related employment, as well as acceptance to any graduate or professional schools of choice. Cabrini also has an internship program, in which students can earn credit as well as enter a professional work environment. The CCPD is open for drop-in hours from Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 3pm, but is open generally from 9am to 5pm. They also host many events throughout the year, all of which can be found on their webpage.

  4. Financial Aid - At Cabrini, 99% of students are assisted with some form of financial aid. Therefore, there are many options for Cabrini students, which they offer to help with tenfold. There are many forms of financial aid, and forms for students to fill out in order to ascertain what they can get or how they can get what they need. Though there is a focus on the FAFSA, there are many other options as well. Students can stop by The Cavalier Express Center for any questions or concerns.

  5. Academic Counseling - Personal tutoring, or “academic counseling,” is available on Cabrini's campus for absolutely no cost to students who need it. No matter what the issue is, tutors are there to work through it with students for whatever the reason may be. The Academic Counseling program can help you assess your study skills and find ways to improve your grades. Much of the tutoring program is staffed by students, as they often know best how to work with their peers. Students are free to ask for help in many select subject areas, with options of one-on-one individual sessions, group study sessions for exams, in-class support, writing support, test preparation, review of class material, and tips for understanding advanced concepts. As the website states, “tutors will not give you the answer, but they will get you to the answer and strengthen the skills you need.” View the fall 2019 Subject Area Tutoring schedule, and for more information, visit Cabrini’s academic counseling page.

Though college can be a struggle, it’s often taboo to talk about it. However, Cabrini University is more than willing to help its students with whatever they may need.