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Student Resource Center advises MU students

By COURNTEY BROWN
On January 24, 2013

The Student Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center, offers advising, campus networking, career services and a variety of programs during the semester.

The SRC houses three resource specialists and one career service specialist. Andrea Koutsunis-Hicks, resource specialist, said students can seek assistance with transitional issues during the semester.

We do things like accountability meetings for students, Koutsunis-Hicks said. We might meet with a student once a week on a set schedule or twice a weekwhatever they need to make sure they are staying on task and completing assignments properly. Sometimes getting help at the beginning of the semester is so much better than waiting to the end when your grades arent doing well.

The SRC assists undeclared Marshall students through advising and career resources. Michelle L. Barbour, career service specialist, said she helps students pinpoint their interests through career and personal interests assessments.

We help students explore their interests by speaking with employers, doing volunteer activities and job shadowing or workplace interviews where they can experience the field, Barbour said.
Koutsunis-Hicks said the SRC is reaching out to transfer students and wants to help make transfer students feel at home and incorporate them into the campus community. Freshman, obviously, have their big orientation, but then you have transfer students that come in each semester, Koutsunis-Hicks said. They dont have a big program, therefore we want to incorporate them into learning just as much about Marshall as a freshman.

Networking in College a program on Wednesday, Feb. 13, will give transfer students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus.

If students start reaching out to clubs and organizations, thats a form of networking that can help with homesickness and careers, Barbour said. Students can get in clubs and activities that relate to their major. Also, social activities allow students to make new friends, join groups, and be involved.

Students do not have to make an appointment to visit the SRC and walk-ins are accepted. The SRC is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the SRC students can visit their website at marshall.edu/src.
Courtney Brown can be contacted at brown625@marshall.edu.



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