Willingness and tendency to reach out for help when working through a problem
If you went to the tutoring center on your average college campus, who do you think you’d find? More students currently getting a B, trying to get an A? Or more students currently getting a D trying to work up to a C?
You’d probably find more students with a B working towards that A.
This is because seeking help is one of the best strategies to foster learning. If you think about it, going to college in and of itself is a way of asking for help. You’re looking to learn from your instructors, looking for guidance from your advisors, and looking for collaboration from your fellow students.
Keep in mind that, whenever you run into a challenge, there is certainly value in working and persisting to address that problem on your own. BUT, when it gets to the point that you’ve exhausted your effort, done all that you can, ask someone for help. Your instructors, advisors, and other faculty and staff are here just for that purpose.
Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something and to learn something new.
How can I improve my Institutional Commitment?
Strategies to Use
If you’re uncomfortable asking for help, take a quick walk the next time you’re on campus. Find an office or program that you don’t know, and ask someone at the front desk what they do there. You’ll find that people aren’t all that scary, and actually looking forward to lending a hand.
Resources at NCCU
There are often so many programs and resources at a college or university that it can be difficult even for people who work there to know them all. If you’re having a problem, talk with your advisor to see what might be the best resource for you.
UNIV 1100 (NCCU's First-Year Seminar) can be a great way to not only learn about these resources, but also to pick a few other skills (e.g., time management, research skills) that will be immensely helpful for your time in college.