Four resources every student should know about

Even the greatest high school student can have difficulty when transitioning to college, but The Flor- Ala is here to help.

The university has many resources in place for students to take advantage of to increase success from freshman to senior year.

1. University Success Center

If a general education course is proving difficult, students do not have to figure it out alone. Instead, the University Success Center is the place to go.

The center, on the second floor of The Commons, has tutors for any general education courses, and it also houses the Center for Writing Excellence, UNA’s own writing center. Students who need help with any writing assignment, from research papers to resumes, can go there for assistance by walk-in or appointment. The success center also houses the Mathematics Learning Center for help with mathematics principles and concepts.

Students can make appointments at tutortrac.una.edu.

Students can also visit the success center for advising questions or to learn more about First-Year Experience, a program for new freshmen to get involved with the Florence community, develop study skills and explore possible majors, according to the website below.

To set an appointment with the center, visit una.edu/successcenter.

2. Disability Support Services

This office is equipped to assist students with learning, physical and psychological disabilities, according to its web page.

These services can include working with a student’s teacher to make sure the classroom is accessible, offering alternative testing methods and giving academic guidance and study skills sessions.

Any student who would like to learn more or take advantage of these options and more can contact the office at 256- 765-4214 or [email protected] The office is located on the first floor of the Guillot University Center across from the Lion’s Den Game Room.

3. Career Center

Whether students are looking for a part-time job now or full-time work in the future, the Career Center has the resources.

One service the centers offers is Lion Jobs, which is an online job board of open positions. Students can access it via the Career Center’s home page at una.edu/career.

When students are ready for an interview, they can also check out the Career Closet, a free service that lets students borrow professional clothing for interviews. No appointment is necessary, and students can stop by GUC room 202 to use the service.

The office also offers regular mock interviews, career fairs, etiquette dinners and more. To see when these services are available, follow @UNA_ Career on Twitter or contact them at 256-765-4276 or [email protected]

4. Student Engagement Center

This center, near the mail room on the first floor of the GUC, offers a variety of resources for students from food assistance to a place to speak their voices.

The Feeding the Pride food pantry offers food to any currently enrolled student with a valid Mane Card. They can stop by Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and the service is confidential.

For anyone looking to donate, the pantry has a list of recommended items along with an address for sending checks at una.edu/students/feeding- the-pride.html.

The center is also home to the Student Government Association, whose officers have regular office hours, including President Hugo Dante. Students can also attend SGA Senate and University Program Council meetings there (check The Flor-Ala’s calendar for details).

The center will also have more information on Alternative Breaks, a service organization that visits areas in the U.S. and abroad, and Miss UNA, a preliminary pageant for the Miss Alabama Pageant.

To keep up with these resources and any new ones at UNA, make sure to stick with The Flor-Ala on Facebook and Twitter @UnaFlorAla.