Campus Life

10 UWF Resources That’ll Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is finally here and the first week of spring semester classes is just around the corner. Around this time of year, everyone is feeling motivated to achieve their New Year’s resolutions of getting fit or studying more. What if we told you there were free on campus resources that can help you achieve your resolution and start the next semester off on the right foot? Doesn’t that just make you want to shout, “Go Argos”? Here are 10 resources on campus that make these four years worth it.  

1. Rent Textbooks in the John C. Pace Library

One of the most frustrating things about being a college student is paying for a textbook you’re going to use for only one semester. You can easily avoid the outrageous prices of textbooks by renting them for free from the Pace Library for two hours at a time. All you have to do is go to the front desk, show them your Nautilus card and you’ll have a free textbook. If two hours isn’t enough time for you to read what you need to, you can recheck the book out once your time is up.

2. The UWF Writing Lab

The Writing Lab is an amazing resource for all students whether they consider themselves a good writer or not. The Writing Lab offers weekly grammar tutoring sessions every hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also offer face-to-face paper readings with a trained grammarian. If the lab’s times don’t work with your schedule, you can use their online services, and in just a few days, they will send your paper back to you grammar error free. The Writing Lab is located in building 51 room 157.

3. Argos Suit Up

Professional clothes are a must for any college student trying to ace an interview or internship, but they can be expensive especially if you are already on a tight budget. Last year, Career Services and the Student Government Association brought UWF Argos Suit Up to assist current students and alumni with build a professional wardrobe. JCPenney on Davis highway will be giving a 40% off discount on all professional wear just for students. UWF trolleys will also be driving students to and from JCPenney. This event will be taking place on Feb. 17.

4. Career Services

Career Services is a fantastic resource for teaching UWF students everything they need to know about preparing for a job in their career field. They are able to assist you with writing resumes and cover letters. Career Services can also do mock interviews to help you ace future interviews. You can schedule an appointment on Handshake or call them at 850.474.2254 or just drop-in during their walk-in hours.

5. Handshake

Handshake, formerly known as Jason Quest, is another great resource to help UWF students find jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities from across the nation. Since it is connected through your account, it knows a lot of your information like your GPA, major and degree plan. Handshake will ask you a few questions about your interests and what your plans are with your degree, and then it will give you a list of places nationwide looking to hire someone just like you. If you want to learn more about Handshake, there will be a forum in building 19 all about on how to use it.

6. The Argo Pantry

As much as we would all like it to be, Ramen is not a healthy diet. 30 percent of UWF students surveyed considered themselves food insecure, so to help those in need, the Argo Pantry provides free food to all students currently enrolled at UWF. You can get the food you need in building 18 room 150 Monday through Friday 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

7. Counseling and Psychological Services

College is stressful. For a lot of UWF students, this is their first time living on their own, buying groceries and managing their time and money. UWF recognizes how challenging this transition can be, so the Counseling and Psychological Services, located in building 960 suite 200A, offers free mental health screenings, individual counseling and even career counseling. This absolutely free service for current UWF students is completely confidential.

8. Military & Veterans Resource Center

This resource can be used only by specific groups like military sponsors or dependents. The Military & Veterans Resource Center helps students apply for VA education benefits and military associated scholarships. They also offer academic advising and tutoring. Their lounge, located in building 38 room 147, has several computers and free printing. They also allow access to a microwave and snacks for students. This resource is great for making paperwork easy and students’ needs more affordable.

9. UWF Health and Leisure and Sport Facility

The UWF Gym is a great resource for students to use to stay healthy and relieve stress. Our gym offers a vast variety of exercise classes from yoga to Zumba to intense kickboxing with trained instructors. If exercise classes aren’t your thing, there is a room with a multitude of exercise machines or you can give rock climbing a try on our indoor rock wall. There is something for all types of UWF students to enjoy.

10. UWF Students Facebook Page

The UWF Students Facebook page is a private group for only UWF students and alumni. This page is a great resource for staying in contact with campus life like events and organizations or finding a roommate or venting about on campus parking frustrations. Request to be added into the page today and engage with UWF students!

Gina Castro is a senior at the University of West Florida where she is double majoring in English Literature and Journalism. When she's not researching new stories to write articles about, she is watching knitting tutorials or obsessing over Toni Morrison.

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