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Taking Advantage of All of the Opportunities on Campus

Let’s face it, college is expensive. You’re paying a lot to be here and if you’re not taking advantage of all Rollins has to offer, then you’re wasting your money. If you’re a freshman or otherwise “new-ish” student, you may not even be aware of all of the resources offered. Here are some great resources available to you as a Rollins student:

We have two gyms on campus that are free to use that hold group fitness classes five days a week.They offer everything from Zumba to self-defense. When else in your life are you going to have access to all of that for free? On weekends you can even paddleboard or canoe on Lake Virginia! How many schools do you know that offer that?

Everyone knows we have a wellness center on campus, but I don’t think you guys understand just how much they offer there. The Wellness Center is not just the place to go when you’re feeling sick, they also do annual physicals, well woman visits with gynecological and breast exams, pap smears, and contraceptive counseling. Besides the obvious COVID, strep, and flu testing, they also do HIV, STI, and pregnancy tests. Counseling and Psychological Services as well as the Cornell Counseling Clinic are available to all students looking for mental health services. They really do it all. 

Using your dining dollars wisely is so important! Don’t let them go to waste at the end of the semester! While your TarBucs will carry over, dining dollars will not and you will be losing money, so I’d suggest a big C Store run towards the end of the semester to stock up on non-perishables you can enjoy next semester. You can also consider donating food to the campus food pantry, run by the Student Support Foundation. The food pantry is located in KWR and any student can use it, completely anonymous. SSF also provides emergency grants, which is good to keep in mind if you ever find yourself in a tough financial situation!

If you’re struggling in a class, the Tutoring and Writing Center is a great place to check out. Even if you feel you’re doing well, it’s always great to have someone look over a paper before it’s due. Your professor’s office hours are also going to be super helpful! There is a whole campus full of people who want to see you succeed, so let them help you!

Tabling events not only can teach you something new or help you get more involved on campus, but they often are giving away free stuff! I think everyone loves free stuff (and free food!). Every time I get a T-shirt from someone’s event, I feel like I’m getting a little piece of my tuition back. I can’t tell you how many stickers I’ve gotten from tabling events.

There are so many more ways that you can benefit from Rollins, beyond just getting your degree. Don’t miss out on these opportunities and let your (or your parent’s) money go to waste!

Samantha Cavallo is in her third year as a writer for Her Campus. She enjoys writing about anything and everything, though her pieces often focus on celebrities and pop culture or mental health and wellbeing. Sam is currently a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and she is from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. After earning her Bachelor's degree, she plans to pursue a PhD in School Psychology. Beyond Her Campus, she is involved in many organizations on campus that focus on supporting the campus community, such as the Wellness Ambassadors, where she works in Health Promotions to promote the Nine Dimensions of Wellness, and the Student Support Foundation, operating the campus food pantry and providing emergency grants to students, faculty, and staff in need. In her free time, Sam enjoys reading, going to Barre class, finding new things to do in and around the Orlando area, especially if there is rumored to be good food, and Facetiming her dog Dexter. She is a major fan of both Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers (she even got it tattooed to prove it) and loves going to concerts, and of course dressing up for them.