Updated Feb. 10, 2012
By Laura Davison
A few days ago, I asked my Facebook friends what programs, resources, events and things on Mizzou’s campus they thought were underrated or not well-known. Their responses, not surprisingly for college students, are things that are free or cheap, things that make life more convenient or are fun and/or sugar-filled. Here’s a graphic representation of their suggestions.
I was surprised by many of the responses I received. I’m a senior, but not once had I tried a cookie from the Bookmark Café or downloaded any of the nightlife apps. This past week, I’ve done some research on the suggestions I was unfamiliar with and here are my thoughts on how to take advantage of some of the benefits Mizzou offers.
Convenient, Cheap/Free, Tasty&Fun
Target Night: During move-in week, Mizzou hosts a late-night event at Target with games and promotions. It’s geared for freshmen buying things for their dorm rooms, but it is open to any student. They give out goody bags with lots of sample products I’ve continued to use.
Cheap/Free and Convenient
- The Student Success Center offers free essay editing, tutoring and resume reviews. Plan ahead and you can take advantage of these services.
- Every semester you can have four psychology and four psychiatrist appointments per semester at no additional cost (you’ve already paid for them in your student health fee) at the Student Health Center.
- Every Wednesday, I read the MU Info emails sent out. These emails are full of opportunities to participate in research studies, many of which pay cash or offer gift certificates as incentives for participating. Twenty dollars for participating in a focus group? I think yes.
- I’ve recently started checking out a lot of books from the library. I’m in a book club and a few classes that use certain books for parts of the semester. Undergrads can have books for up to a month and grad students for four months (basically the whole semester). It’s free and you can request them online and pick them up from the library of your choosing on campus.
- Financial planning dept in HES will do your taxes and give you free financial planning advice for free up until April 15. Here are the times and locations.
- First MU Campus Location
162 Stanley Hall
Tues., Wed., Thurs. 4:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00-1:30 p.m.
Second MU Campus Location
Room 005, Cornell Hall
Monday: 4:30-8:00 p.m.
- First MU Campus Location
- There’s WiFi on the columns?! Yup. What will we all do when we leave college and can’t expect to get free WiFi everywhere?
- Skip the bookstore lines next time you need to buy a blue book for a test. Instead, get them at a supply vending machine. There’s one in the Futures Lab in RJI and I other places on campus. (They tell me there is a campus outside of the J-School). They cost roughly ten cents more, but that’s worth skipping out on the walk and the line.
- If you’re heading home late at night, MUPD can assign a security officer to walk with individuals who feel unsafe.
Tiger Garden, the florist located in the agriculture building is close, delivers, and “basically the same price as everything else around here,” according to my roommate.
- You can check out bikes for free at the Student Center. Here’s the step-by-step.
- You can also check out umbrellas at the Women’s Center and the library. Plus, take a look this list of office supplies, calculators, cameras and other stuff you can get from the library.
- One of my professors recommends the pharmacy in the student center. She praises its personable staff and that they take student charge or employee payroll deduction.
- Digiprint is Mizzou’s printing service in Ellis Library. They will mass print lecture notes or parts of books and bind them for you. They accept student charge as well as cash.
Convenient & Fun
- Student orgs can use the MSA Box Office in the student center to sell tickets to their events. Pretty sweet. Student charge, anyone?
Tasty & Fun
- Buck’s ice cream is delicious and made on campus. Everybody tries to the Tiger Stripe ice cream at Tiger Walk, but there are several more flavors and you can frequently find coupons in the coupon books passed out at the beginning of each semester.
- Apparently the Bookmark Café in Ellis Library serves some awesome cookies. I had no idea, so last week I checked it out. I can honestly say I haven’t had a better, tastier, melt-in-your-mouth-ier cookie anywhere else on campus.
- Language partners: Both the Women’s Center and the Intensive English Program offer language partner programs. They partner native English speakers with non-native speakers, so they can improve their conversation skills and learn more about life at Mizzou. In the process, you learn more about their culture and country. I’ve been a language partner for a Chineses student and a Korean student. It was a very eye-opening experience to talk to them about American life from their perspective and learn about their cultural norms.
- Want to carve something into the walls of the Shack in the Student Center? The University wants you to mark up the place so badly they will check out tools to you to carve your name.
- Apps like Nightlife and Find Me Specials show you what food and drink specials you can find in downtown Columbia on any given night.
Tasty & Cheap
- The Catalyst Café in the Life Sciences Building serves chai tees for $1.50, making it one of the cheapest hot beverages on campus.
Good study spots
Many suggestions for good study spots came in. Here are some of the lesser-known ones.
- The Reflector. It’s a library/computer lab in Townsend Hall. It’s not open terribly late, but always has open computers and space to study.
- The Med School Library is a less crowded alternative to Ellis Library.
- Room 1419 in the engineering building has dual monitor computers and is usually open if you arrive before 9.
- The study room in the arch of Memorial Union.
- Office hours. Just go to them. If I had a nickel for every time somebody has told me a story about getting their grade raised by going to office hours, I could pay for my education. This suggestion was submitted by a professor, so you know it’s legit.