MAKING YOUR EC EXPERIENCE MORE BEARABLE: THE LEADER SHARES FIVE TIPS TO NAVIGATE CAMPUS LIFE

01 THE WELLNESS CENTER WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE.

You have probably heard about the Wellness Center many times before. But did you know that they have free (yes, free) condoms, and a $20 ‘morning-after” pill? The pill is often priced around $35-$50 at your local pharmacy or drugstore. You can also get other contraceptive procedures and vaccines for reduced cost. Prevent pregnancies, STDs, and sinus infections: visit the Wellness Center early and often.

02 THE LIBRARY DATABASE IS YOUR BFF.

Need to write up a research paper and Google just isn’t cutting it? The online databases and I-share catalog gives Elmhurst College students free access to thousands of journals, scholarly articles, and books. Access to these journals and articles usually requires payment, but as an Elmhurst College student you can read, download, and print the resources for free by using your student ID and student email account password. If you need help in using the online databases, ask one of our friendly librarians.

03 THE LEARNING CENTER IS THE PLACE TO BE...ALWAYS.

Have an essay to write, but have no idea on how to start? Or maybe you just can’t get quadratic equations into your head. Whatever the academic crisis, the peer tutors at the Learning Center are here to help. There are also specialists in math, study skills, and reading available by both appointment and walk-in.

04 CAN'T FIND PARKING?

You know those signs that say “visitor parking only”? Park in one of those spots, but remember to take down your parking sticker. Then, look around to be sure no EC security personnel are around. When it’s all clear, make a run for it. If the visitor parking spots are all taken, park in the Elmhurst Public Library lot. You can also park in the lot of First United Methodist Church. EC shuttles are no longer available to drive students to and from the lot, so you’ll have to take the 10 minute walk to campus.

05 HUNGRY, BUT TIRED OF SPENDING A FORTUNE ON FOOD?

Are you tired of spending a fortune on food? There are often events held on campus in which free food is served. Most of these events are held in the Frick Center. Another way to get your hands on some free grub is to look for students buying other students food from the EC grille and the cafeteria. Students with meal plans often have leftover money on their Jaypass at the end of each school year, which they are not permitted to keep at the beginning of each new school year. Therefore, students with meal plans offer to buy other students meals and snacks. If you have a Facebook account, follow some of the Elmhurst College groups, where students post when and where they will be on campus to buy your next meal.