How to survive your first semester at Saddleback

The coffee carts are self-serve. Meaghan Corkill/Lariat

The coffee carts offer self-serve coffee, but the staff can make specialty drinks by order. (Meaghan Corkill/Lariat)

While the first semester at Saddleback College may be nerve racking for new first-year students, there are some key areas of campus to get to know in order to be a successful student.

In Saddleback’s admissions building there are a few helpful offices to guide you. Such as, the Transfer Center, Career Center, Financial Aid/FAFSA office, Counseling, and more.

The Transfer Center provides information on transferring to a four-year institution. The staff helps guide students in the right direction, and even have workshops on how to fill out college applications. The Career Center is always helpful for those needing more information on his or her major.

The Financial Aid office can answer any questions you may have regarding opportunities to help you finance your education.

The counselors in the Counseling Office are always there to help with academic planning and even personal issues. It is recommended to make an appointment for more time with a counselor, but walk-ins are welcome.

For those struggling with academic subject matter, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is the spot for tutoring. It is located in the building across the bridge from the Student Services Center.  Students can upload their papers to the LRC tutoring paper center and receive feedback in 48 hours. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With tuition, students also pay a health fee.  The student Health Center offers quality and confidential medical health care and psychological therapy for all students enrolled. Also, in the midst of all the madness, don’t forget to eat and stay hydrated.

There is also many food/coffee carts around campus to fuel up. The vending machines located outside and inside the BGS, Student Services Center, and LRC buildings are also stocked with drinks and snacks at all times.