When you absolutely don’t know where to go, the University Service Center (USC) will be your answer. The USC serves as one of the offices on campus that deals with the peculiar or funny issues that you are going through. USC representatives have gladly shared stories where students have for example come down with “Mono”, which in turn affects their academic path and financial aid award. The USC has been able to direct, guide, and provide an action plan for students as such.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to sit down with Denise Mooney the Assoc. V.P. for Enrollment and Student Affairs /Director, of the University Service Center. She shared stories such as the “Mono” case. She is an enthusiastic and friendly individual who was able to teach me a lot about the USC.
The USC was founded in 2000, unlike most of the resource offices on campus it’s fairly new. When asked to describe the USC, Denise considered the office as a “Home Base” for students at Boston University. Many of the other offices featured on our student blog have specific tasks to help you with, such as the Career Center for Development (CCD), which helps you with finding a job, writing a resume, and preparing you for the real job market. Unlike most of the offices on campus, the USC is a very broad and general office that can help you with just about anything. They will direct you towards who to speak to, what offices can help you, and how to go about solving your problem.
The USC also cares dearly about first generation students. If you are one of them, I’m sure you will be receiving tons of emails soon! Along with advising students, the USC also hosts workshops such as the “Evaluating First Semester and Strategizing for the Second.”
At the conclusion of our conversation, I asked Denise to give incoming freshmen two pieces of advice. She replied, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help or just ask questions! We’re all human” and “When you get here push yourself to participate and reach out to people. Everybody’s in the same boat, they don’t know anyone.”
Keep this office in mind; it will be a great resource to you and your family.
To learn more about the USC, visit: http://www.bu.edu/usc/about/