I can easily say that speaking to students and their families about the values of Tufts and what we have to offer academically and socially is an exciting part of working in Admissions. I try to share as much as I can during my information sessions, the conversations that I have on the road and at fairs, as well as via email and phone. More and more, I have noticed that many students ask me questions related to their academic interest(s) and how Tufts can help them prepare for life after college. If there was a question that I wish I heard more from prospective students and their families, it would be:
"What resources do you have to help me be the best student that I can be on campus?"
I appreciate this question because it speaks to some of the work that many of my colleagues across campus do. I know that some of you have probably taken a look at our housing options, the student clubs we have, and our academic programs....but, I would like to extend your search just a little and highlight a few resources that you may not have taken a look at, just yet, but are helpful to know about.
First, let me start with our advising.
We have a three part structure, where students are able to have an advisor in their respective college, a faculty advisor, and a pre-major advisor. This might seem confusing at first, so let me elaborate on each of their roles. Faculty advisors help you learn more about your area of study, ways to engage in your professional interest(s) outside of the classroom, and prepare you for life after college. Advisors in your respective college will help you learn more about your specific area of study and select college courses. All students will be assigned a pre-major advisor upon entering Tufts. Pre-major advisors provide additional academic and social assistance for you during your first year. In addition, we have staff designed to help students who are looking to pursue a degree in a health related field or law school. They are called the Pre-Professional Advisors. There is definitively some overlap between each of the advisors, but each advisor will be able to share something a little different with you. Essentially, at Tufts, you would have team of advisors that focus on guiding you through course selection, identifying internships and research opportunities, and prepare for life after college.
The Academic Resource Center
Sometimes, I am asked "who will help me if I am having trouble with my writing or in class?" The Academic Resource Center has a whole host of support for students from tutoring and writing assistance to workshops designed to help you manage your time better and strategies for test taking. The Academic Resource Center offers individual and group support for students. Another great academic resource for students is our Student Accessibility Services Office. They serve students by creating and fostering an accessible learning environment. They offer note takers, course accommodations, and more. If you would like to learn more about what they provide, I highly recommend sending them an email.
Health and Wellness
Also, while you are here on campus you may want to think about your overall wellness. Tufts provides several services that students can take advantage of quite easily! These include medical services, counseling services, insurance, and health promotion. What matters the most is that students can receive some of their basic medical care without ever needing to leave campus. This goes for our Counseling Center as well. If you have worked with a therapist in the past, feel free to continue your work with one of our licensed professionals. If not, you may consider consulting one while in college. Our Counseling Center offers group sessions and individual meetings with staff. Know that if we do not have what you need here on campus, the staff will work with you to find options locally to help you be your best self.
I realize some of you may have not utilized any of these resources before, while some of you are more familiar with them. I think it is important to know that everyone could always use a little bit of help while in college. These resources are designed to help you when you need them and they are there for you when you could use just a little boost. Remember, being your best self holistically and seeking assistance is part of being a college student.