Your campus will have various student services designed to help you be successful in your program and to help you develop a sense of community.
Supporting Your Success
- Aboriginal Access Services. Most institutions have an Aboriginal Access centres that create communities providing culturally appropriate services, and programs to support Metis, First Nations, and Inuit students. They also help connect you to other student services.
- Academic Advising. Advisors help you plan your education and select your courses. They teach you how track your progress and make a graduation plan. If you are not sure what course to take or what order to take courses in – advisors are your "go-to" person (see Academic Advisors). Check your institution's website to connect with an advisor.
- Athletics and Fitness.Most institutions have a gym, fitness rooms, and sports clubs (e.g., hiking, basketball, yoga, golf, soccer). Participate just for fun or play competitively!
- Campus Orientation Programs. Attend information sessions and events to connect you to the campus and the services available. Learn where everything is on campus, and what opportunities there are to get involved or to even work on campus. These orientations usually have a social element to them so you might meet some new friends or get a free lunch.
- Career Services. There are career services available to you. Get help with your resume and interview skills and get career coaching. Career services have job postings for work while you're a student and once you graduate. Check out the Work-Study program. Career services has a number of positions each year for students to work on campus in paid positions. Get work experience, earn money, and coordinate your study schedule.
- Computer Labs & Wi-Fi. Each institution has up-to-date computer labs. If your course requires a specific software program, chances are a campus computer lab will have it. Campuses have computer help desks to assist you with your technical computer or online learning access questions. Wi-Fi and device charging stations are available throughout all campuses.
- Counselling.Feeling stressed or find yourself faced with a personal challenge? Counsellors on campus are professionally trained and can help with a wide variety of personal wellness issues. They can also help you explore types of careers that may fit your strengths. Access a counsellor by making an appointment.
- Disability Services. All institutions work to make education accessible to everyone, through services, facilities and equipment. They will help you with registration and program planning around your individual needs.
- Financial Aid.Get help with the planning how to finance your education from Financial Aid. They can teach you about the BC Student Loan program and how to complete a loan application. They have information about scholarships and bursaries and can help you estimate what your program will cost.
- Library Orientation Programs. Google is great – but there are many things in the library that will help save you time and effort. These orientations will teach you how to use the physical and online library and librarians are a great resource. Learn how to use computer programs that will make putting a reference list together easier.
- Residence. Many institutions have on-campus living accommodations. If you are living on-campus, your residence will have a residence’s life program and opportunities for you to either volunteer or work. Get involved in residence life, develop your leadership skills and grow your network of friends and colleagues.
- Student Life programs. Post-secondary is not just attending class. Student life programs offer opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills or volunteer work experience. There are a wide variety of clubs so that you can have a social life and study time - there's something for everyone.
- Writing/Math/Learning Centre. Each institution may call these support centres a slightly different name. Some have separate writing and math centres. Other have everything combined into a learning centre. Either way – there is help available for you. Writing centres will not proof read your paper but they will help you learn how to outline, draft, and format your paper and provide you with examples of what your instructor is looking for. Math centres can help you with everything from trying to refresh your high school skills to understanding advanced complex formulas.
Student services support your learning and academic success