Resources on Campus: Find Your Support
Now I don’t mean to brag, but UCI has an incredibly intricate network of resources for its students. There are more services and events at UCI than trees in Aldrich Park (11,120)! Well, that’s not exactly true, but that’s what it feels like.
Need help with your crappy resume? Hit the Career Center.
Need to find a community where you feel safe and accepted? Check out the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) Resource Center or the Cross-Cultural Center.
Struggling with your mental health? Get one-on-one support at the Counseling Center, or the Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion!
I’ll go over some of the main offices and resource centers on campus so you can get acquainted with all of the support UCI has to offer:
UCI’s Career Center hosts workshops and fairs, helps students find jobs and internships, and gives students tools to prepare for professional life after college. The staff is kind and helpful (I can vouch from personal experience). I went in for a drop-in consultation about my (VERY out-of-date) resume and got the pointers I needed as well as a helpful book of resume and cover letter templates and other resources. Here are a few of their resources for undergraduates to check out!
CARE stands for Campus Assault Resources and Education. UCI is dedicated to advocating for victims of sexual assault, and providing holistic healing. CARE also provides campuswide education and various helpful workshops and events. I have friends who have volunteered to help out at CARE as well as friends who have benefitted from its services. It’s one of UCI’s most helpful and important resources, and it’s a relief to have those resources available on campus for free.
This resource center provides events for creating community among LGBTQ+ students at UCI, and aims to increase openness and inclusivity on campus. They also host weekly meetings and events for the LGBTQ+ community and allies!
Provides helpful information about health, from drugs and alcohol to relationships and emotional well-being. They offer HIV testing, condoms, workshops, and consultations, all free and on campus. Their website has so many tools, my favorite of which is this worksheet called “Assessing Your Life Balance” that involves coloring!
FRESH offers a free food pantry for students struggling with food insecurity as well as confidential consultations, various workshops, and much more. The students who I’ve interacted with from FRESH have been incredibly kind and helpful. To become a volunteer, just fill out the survey on this site.
Student Success Initiatives, or SSI for short, holds many programs to promote success for undocumented students, international students, first-generation students, transfer students, and more!
… But WAIT! There’s MORE!!
If that list didn’t impress you, here are a few more offices and services:
The resources I’ve covered in this post are just a few of the many helpful centers on campus. The through-line between all of them is that even with all of these amazing resources, you need to be the one to utilize them. It’s up to you to make your experience what you’d like, and these centers and offices can only help you if you ask! It’s always okay to ask for help, and when you do, UCI has got your back.