Meet Ryan Bolotte from New Orleans, Louisiana. He will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the University College for Freshman Year this summer. He is a recent graduate with a degree in Biological Sciences. He will attend LSU Medical School in New Orleans in the fall. Ryan is involved in LSU Ambassadors, STRIPES Program, Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring. His favorite place on campus is the LSU Lakes.
I entered LSU as a very shy, introverted freshman. I knew I was determined and driven, but I was not sure how I was going to transfer my high school success over to college. If there is one thing I have learned during my four years at LSU, it is that this university provides plentiful resources and opportunities to benefit your student while he or she is here. Your student will hear about these helpful departments and tools at orientation and any extended orientation programs he or she may attend. However, it is upon your student to seek out any help or advising he or she may need over the years.
The Center for Academic Success (CAS) strives to allow students to reach their full potential inside the classroom. CAS offers many events, programs, and services focused on time management, learning style assessments, and study strategies. CAS also offers tutoring and Supplemental Instruction to aid students in proper preparation for their exams. More information on CAS can be found at cas.lsu.edu.
The Olinde Career Center is an excellent resource for students to utilize for their development into young professionals. Advisors in this department can help your student create a four-year degree plan as well as counsel students to align their major with a suitable and practical career. The Olinde Career Center also puts on events such as résumé editing, personal statement workshops, job fairs/career expos, and mock interviews. Additionally, the Olinde Career Center manages a database (called Careers2Geaux) that lists available volunteer, part-time, and internship positions from various employers. More information on the Olinde Career Center can be found at careercenter.lsu.edu.
There are many ways that your student can go about getting involved on our campus. There are over 350 student organizations that students can take part in. During the first few weeks of classes, Free Speech Plaza (located in front of the LSU Student Union) will have many organization representatives providing additional information on their organizations to the student body. Also during the beginning of the semester, there will be a Student Involvement Fair where a majority of LSU’s student organizations sit at tables to promote and advertise their clubs. More information on Campus Life can be found at campuslife.lsu.edu.
College is not easy for any student. However, I firmly believe that LSU is very strong in its quality and quantity of on-campus resources and departments. Bottom line: it is okay for your student to struggle, but they don’t have to do it alone at LSU.