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Common Questions and Concerns

Academic

I am studying, but not receiving the grades I'd like. It's so frustrating.

Did you know that academic coaching is available through the Office of Student Learning Support? It may be worth talking with a professional in this office about your current study strategies and exploring new options.

I could use some help with all of these papers!

Check out the Write Place. You can make an appointment or just stop by! Consultants are available to assist with all stages of the writing process.

I have no idea what I am going to declare as a major. It's really starting to stress me out.

  • Make an appointment with Career Services or the Counseling Center; Both of these resources have staff members available to help you identify your passion.
  • Schedule to meet with your adviser; after all, that's why you have one!
  • Talk with your professors, especially if it's a class you really enjoy. All UD professors have office hours, and as experts in their fields, they are great resources. If you really enjoy the class, it could be worth exploring that topic as a major.
  • Explore the idea of an internship. It's a great way to get real-world experience that could help you make a decision. Plus, it's never too early to start building your resume!
  • If you're interested in an area and it's not your major, you can meet with someone from the department to learn more about the field. If you're not sure whom to contact, e-mail success@udayton.edu and we'll refer you to the correct person.

I'm having a hard time in my classes. I don't understand where my professor is coming from, and the material can be really confusing.

  • Try talking with your professor. It may feel intimidating at first, but they are here to help you. It might feel awkward at first, but you'll be glad you spoke up.
  • Touch base with the Office of Student Learning Support about tutoring options. There are many classes where a tutor is available several evenings during the week.
  • Talk to your adviser or make an appointment with the office of your dean. You may contact the office of your dean online or over the phone:
    • College of Arts and Sciences: 937-229-2611
    • School of Business Administration: 937-229-3349
    • School of Education and Health Sciences: 937-229-3146
    • School of Engineering: 937-229-2736

I didn't reach my academic goals this semester. What tips do you have?

To maximize your learning and help you reach your full potential, we recommend reflecting on these areas that are critical to classroom success:

Time Management: Start by making a list of your classes and activities you plan to participate in during the fall. Next make a schedule to track down the amount of hours you will spend in each area. To get started, try using the time management scheduling tool.

Learning and Memory: Start by thinking about your ability to remember and assess important information. Did you have difficulty recalling information over this past year? Were you able to find the learning style that fits your individual needs? If not, here are a few sites that may help you improve your memory and find your learning style.

Studying and Test Taking: Start by ordering your textbooks early and skim through the pages. You will have a better understanding of the material and be more prepared for the semester. If that sounds to overwhelming then choose a subject you think will be the most challenging and spend time scanning through the material.

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    • Get organized! Invest in and use a college planner to keep track of all of your upcoming assignments and exam dates.
    • Plan to meet one new person in each of your classes. You'll expand your network of friends and possibly create the opportunity for a study group. 
    • Visit Career Services to find ways to build your resume each semester.
    • Find balance between school and social opportunities.
  • If you want personal assistance reaching your academic goals or creating a success plan, contact us at success@udayton.edu.

    What do successful students recommend doing every year?

Financial

I'm worried I may not be able to afford my UD education.

College is a big investment in your future, and budgeting for tuition payments can be overwhelming to both students and parents. Counselors are happy to meet with you individually to discuss your specific situation. Current students can meet with a financial aid counselor in the Flyers First office, located in Saint Mary's Hall, room 411. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also find answers to your questions by calling 800-427-5029, e-mailing finaid@udayton.edu or by visiting the financial aid website.

Housing

I'm not getting along with my roommate, and I don't have much in common with the other students on my floor.

  • Although you probably see your roommate and the people on your floor the most, there are over 7,000 students attending UD. There are many other people on campus that you might have more in common with. Check out campus organizations and events that sound interesting to you, and you'll have the opportunity to meet more people.
  • Make an appointment to see your resident adviser. They are there to help you with your housing concerns. 
  • Think about your expectations of your roommate and why you're upset. While expecting the rules you both made in the contract in the beginning of the year to be followed is important, it's not fair to expect your roommate to be your best friend, or to always do what you think is 'right.' It's important to remember that most relationships require some kind of compromise.

Emotional

I'm concerned about my emotional well-being. I wonder if I should talk with a counselor.

You are not alone. Our Counseling Center provides counseling to about 900 students every year? All undergraduate students pay a Counseling Center fee prior to their first year and are not charged further for any services? Also, when you talk with a counselor, this information is confidential and not shared with your parents or professors. To schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center, call 937-229-3141 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Physical

I'm not feeling well. What should I do?

The Health Center available to provide outpatient care to students. It is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All students enrolled at UD may use the Health Center, and both male and female physicians are available. Call 937-229-3131 to make an appointment.

Fitting In

I feel like everyone else has made friends and loves it here, but I don't. I just don't feel like I fit in.

  • Give us a call at 800-837-7433 or send us an e-mail at success@udayton.edu. We'd be happy to talk with you more about how you are feeling and get acclimated to life on campus. 
  • Give yourself some credit and time. Even though it may seem like you are alone in this, many students feel this way at some point, especially during their first year on campus. 
  • There are lots of activities going on right here on campus, and they are a great way to meet people.
  • Try something new. UD has more than 200 clubs and organizations, so you're sure to find an opportunity for new experiences and friends!
  • Schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center. They offer great insight and resources for students. Appointments can be made by calling 937-229-3141.

Homesickness

I don't feel at home - I'm not sure how I can make this place feel right.

  • Don't underestimate the impact of getting involved! Try something new, check out a campus organization or activity. 
  • Talk with your resident adviser (R.A.), your parents or a counselor from the Counseling Center. Sometimes just talking through experiences with another person can help you feel a lot better. 
  • Give yourself some credit and time. It's a big transition. Think about other times in your life where you went through a big transition and what helped you then. Can you apply any of those techniques to your current situation? 
  • It's tempting, but don't go home every weekend. If you do that, you'll likely miss out on opportunities to get involved on campus. Plan a special trip home or invite someone from home to visit you for a weekend, but don't leave campus every weekend. 
  • Journal your feelings and set goals on getting involved. Hold yourself to these goals. 
  • Invite someone you'd like to get to know a little bit better to lunch, dinner or coffee. You might be a little shy at first, but this is a great way to build friendships.