The University of Maine has an abundance of resources on campus designed to help students succeed academically, socially, and personally. Here at the CLAS Advising Center, we aim to be able to point you in the right direction, to guide you to the resource that is right for you, right where you are.
The first resource I want to mention is the Counseling Center. For many students, going away to school is their first time away from home for any real length of time. Being on a college campus is a brand next experience. Students find themselves surrounded by new people in a new place with new expectations, all creating new stress. The Counseling Center is here to help students deal with these stresses. Their goal is to “promote the personal development and psychological well-being for University of Maine students.” And best of all, it’s free for students.
The Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs, based out of the Commuter Lounge in the Memorial Union, works to connect students who do not live on campus, or who fall outside the traditional college age, to the University community. The CNTSP offers programs throughout the year for these two populations, to help them get acclimated. The Commuter Lounge is the communal center for the program, and is a place where students can meet and socialize, with free coffee and tea, or do work at computer stations.
The Tutor Program is a very important academic resource, providing small group tutoring to students in 100- and 200- level courses. They also offer drop-in tutoring hours in the library during the evening for select courses. We at the CLAS Advising Center highly recommend that students be proactive in getting tutoring help. It is normally best not to wait until the semester is over half way finished to sign up for tutoring help. Earlier is better.
The Writing Center is another very important resource. More than just proof-reading your paper, they will completely take it apart and dissect it, to make sure it is as good as you can make it. You just need to be sure to have a rough draft done in advance, so that you have time to make an appointment and see one of their specialists.
The final resource I want to mention is the Career Center. The earlier you go to visit them in your college career, the better. If you are currently undecided, they can help shed light on career paths that might interest you. And while your faculty advisor is a wealth of information about your chosen field, the Career Center can give you a slightly different perspective on your field and the job market; they can help you make the jump from academia to the work world.
For more information on these resources, feel free to contact them directly:
125 Cutler Health Center
Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs
Room 228, Memorial Union
Room 104, Dunn Hall
Room 402, Neville Hall
Room 300, Memorial Union