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As college students, we’re constantly writing papers, studying for tests, and preparing for interviews. Sometimes, however, we get so caught up in work that available opportunities seem to fly by, just like the ephemerality of a 75-minute economics midterm—there’s never enough time! As a result, learning about the plethora of useful resources can be a daunting task for students, causing many resources to go unnoticed and underutilized.

The following are 10 resources you might find useful when trying to save money, practice self-care, replace stolen property, improve the community, or advance your career.   

  • Tap Card:

Claremont is a small city in California with few things to do. After a while, it gets old repeating the same activities, which is why many students take frequent trips into L.A. However, Ubering to and from L.A. or even riding the Metrolink costs a lot of money that could otherwise be spent on doing activities in L.A.

With the tap card, students receive unlimited free bus rides to multiple stations en route to L.A., allowing them to save a considerable amount of money in the long run. The only drawback with this mode of transportation is the increase in travel time. Ubering takes a little less than an hour, whereas riding the bus can take up to two hours.  

Nevertheless, obtain your free tap card by visiting the Connections Center on the first floor of Honnold Mudd Library. Make sure to bring your student ID!        

  • Free Monsour Counseling (four visits per semester):

Self-care is arguably one of the most important practices for college students–and one of the most ignored. We let our busy schedules dictate how much self-care is required to function effectively, an amount that usually falls short of what is actually healthy. This behavior results in students becoming more stressed because they are not taking adequate time to detach themselves from school work and regroup.

It’s okay to feel stressed; the important thing is learning how to manage it properly. Sometimes, it is beneficial to talk about your problems with an unbiased party, and Monsour provides this service to students in the form of four free counseling sessions each semester.                        

  • DoS Emergency Fund:

If you ever find yourself in a predicament financially, DoS has an emergency fund that could cover the costs of stolen or lost property, laptops for classes, equipment for different courses, and other miscellaneous fees and costs. The amount distributed usually ranges from $50 to $500.  

  • CMCListens:

Have you ever experienced an uncomfortable situation where your boss did something problematic or witnessed an instance where improper action was taken but did not know how to address the matter directly? CMCListens is an anonymous reporting platform where students, employees, and even parents can report issues or raise questions in a safe, confidential way. This service ensures that everyone’s voice is heard.

  • Remote Printing:

In college, one of the most valuable resources is time, yet students never seem to have enough of it. Every task we undertake requires us to commit a certain amount of time, which leaves less of it for other papers, projects, and parties. Therefore, saving time becomes the gateway to increasing productivity.

One way to accomplish this feat is to streamline the printing process by reducing the number of intermediate steps. Instead of traveling to a computer lab, logging into a computer, accessing your email, and printing your document, simply access the student printing portal and print from the comfort of your dorm room.   

  • John Pitney’s Internship Database Website:

Applications for the Sponsored Internship Program just closed, but that doesn’t mean companies have stopped looking for interns to hire for summer positions. In addition to LinkedIn, Handshake, and AngelList, you can now sift through John Pitney’s Internship Database, which is comprised of internships in various industries including journalism, international relations, government, technology, and economics.

  • CMC Advocates Hotline:

In a word, CMC’s drinking culture is wild. It is not uncommon to witness a few (or maybe a dozen) blackout incidents during party nights. Unfortunately, this drinking culture also results in an increase in the number of sexual assault cases. As members of the CMC community, we have a responsibility to continuously improve campus life. In this case, it means helping people back to their rooms, reporting suspicious activity that looks like it could lead to someone being sexually assaulted, or calling the Advocates hotline for additional help.     

You can reach an on-call Advocate at 909-377-2400. Although it’s mainly meant for survivors of sexual assault or people who feel unsafe, everyone is encouraged to call if the situation presents itself.   

  • DOS Tutoring Services:

Tutoring is an expensive service that some students can’t afford, but still, deserve access to. Last semester, DoS launched a new tutoring program to help students on financial aid feel more comfortable about asking for help by covering the costly fees. Currently, the program focuses primarily on courses in mathematics. If you are interested in enrolling in the program, email Amy Bibbens at [email protected]

  • The Soll Center’s Endowment:

As you may know, the Soll Center for Student Opportunity operates with a big budget, a fact confirmed by the number of people who receive funding from the Sponsored Internship Program. However, did you know that you can receive funding for experiences throughout the semester?

Last semester, the Soll Center funded my attendance to the L.A. Business Fashion Awards where I networked with influencers and game-changers in the L.A. fashion industry, including Instagram influencer and fashion blogger Simply Tandya and celebrity makeup artist Brandi Jones. If there is an experience that you think deserves funding, email Ursula Diamond at [email protected]

  • Lynda

Lynda is an online education platform filled with courses on photoshop, coding, graphic design, software development, business, and much more. Normally, Lynda costs money, but CMC students receive this service for free. Check it out to learn new skills today!

The best resources are those that few people know about; hopefully, you now feel more informed about the ones available on campus and will take advantage of them in the future.