FAU has got your back, but you have to know where to go

19 Aug

Welcome to the 2010 school year. If you’re a new student or a transfer – or even a grizzled senior – here are some helpful hints for surviving and thriving at Florida Atlantic University…

Have some fun
You visited the Student Union when you got your Owl Card, but did you notice the game room, pool tables, and video games? The Student Union also houses FAU’s only on-campus computer store and hosts many social events.

Get free stuff
When it’s time to take your first big test and your professor says you need a scantron, walk over and visit the people in Student Government for a free one. Located upstairs in the Student Union, SG leadership also has school spirit goodies during football season. Visit www.fau.edu/sga for more info.

Work out
If you’re worried about that infamous “Freshman-15,” don’t fret. The Rec Center, on the north side of campus, houses a state-of-the-art gym that rivals LA Fitness, a basketball court and leisure and lap pools. There are also group fi tness classes and a wide variety of intramural and club sports. The best part: It’s all free when you flash your Owl Card. See the fi tness schedule at www.fau.educampusrec.

Find quiet time
Besides nearly a million reference books, the Wimberly Library also has many general education textbooks. That’s right, you can borrow your textbooks! The five-story building also has a computer lab, private study rooms and a large collection of CDs you can rent just like the books.

Pull an all-nighter
The library may close, but the 24-hour study lounge next door does not. Sponsored by Student Government and located inside the Paul C. Wimbish Wing, the lounge has private booths, tables, computers and a printer.

Get a ride
If you’re taking night classes and rather not walk to your car or dorm in the dark, you can call the NightOwls for a ride. A staff member from the student escort service will swing by in a golf cart and take you anywhere on campus. Program their number in your phone: 561-297-6695.

Stay healthy
Since FAU strives to be your home away from home; Student Health Services can meet just about all of your healthcare and wellness needs. The clinic, located above the south end of the Breezeway, also offers free condoms and free HIV testing. Read more about their services at www.fau.edu/shs.

Buy drugs
Need to fi ll a prescription? Do it at the FAU Pharmacy. Located inside the Student Services hallway above the Breezeway, the full-service pharmacy can fill most orders within 24 hours and offers discounts to students. Call 561-297-0072 for hours and pricing.

Talk it out
When things get tough and you need someone to talk to, the experienced staff at the Counseling Center is ready to help. They offer free, confidential counseling and psychological services as well as peer mediation and groups. Find out more at www.fau.edu/counseling or call 561-297-3540.

Save money
When putting your money under the mattress isn’t the way to go, BankAtlantic operates a full-service branch on campus. Find them at the south end of the Breezeway or stop by one of their four ATM machines on the Boca campus.

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2 Responses to “FAU has got your back, but you have to know where to go”

  1. Lauri Rebar August 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    You stated that “Besides nearly a million reference books, the Wimberly Library also has many general education textbooks. That’s right, you can borrow your textbooks! The five-story building also has a computer lab, private study rooms and a large collection of CDs you can rent just like the books.”

    Actually, the libraries typically do not have textbooks for students. Please see the statement from the Collection Development Policies on Textbooks, located at http://www.library.fau.edu/policies/cd_fau.htm

    “Textbooks
    The Libraries acquire selected Florida elementary and secondary school textbooks for the Curriculum Collection. Current course textbooks are not acquired routinely. Other textbooks are not acquired unless they are considered as definitive sources in the subject area. Exceptions are considered at the request of an instructor depending on the availability of funds. Requests for the purchase of textbooks are reviewed on an individual basis.”

    • Jonny August 21, 2010 at 11:11 am #

      Sometimes you can find the books you need for your class in the library. I’ve rented out my math text books, as well as other reading material for a few history classes.

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