Whether you’re a freshman or a second year grad student, departments and offices across the University of Missouri have a lot to offer you to keep you safe, sustainable, healthy and prepared for life. In honor of the new year and new semester goals, we’ve compiled a useful list of services offered on or near campus which can help you navigate the rest of the school year. By using the services nearby, it in turn reduces the amount you have to travel (further reducing your carbon footprint), helps you better understand your campus community, and it can also keep extra cash in your piggy bank this semester.

Rent textbooks from MU Libraries

According to MU Libraries, while the teams do not automatically purchase textbooks for all classes available at the university, some textbooks are available for checkout and some textbooks are even on the Merlin/Mobius Catalog where they can be checked out from another college or university library in Missouri. This reduces the need to use more resources, create more textbooks and spend more money, if the book is already available for FREE check out. Visit https://library.missouri.edu/guides/textbooks/ for more information.

Do not go hungry with help from MU Tiger Pantry and other MU partnerships

Each month more than 250 students, staff and faculty utilize MU’s Tiger Pantry, a pantry dedicated to fighting hunger on campus. Whether you need to gain a couple of extra dining hall swipes one week or you need to stock up on some extra fresh produce, nonperishable food items or personal hygiene items, Tiger Pantry has you covered. Additionally, the student volunteers who make up the Tiger Pantry staff are always looking for donations, leftover Tiger Swipes and future volunteers if you’d like to give back throughout the school year. Location, times and more information can be found at https://tigerpantry.missouri.edu/

During finals week, several MU departments and organizations partner together to combat student hunger and keep individuals fed throughout the week o’tests. Fall 2019 finals week partners included Legion of Black Collegians, Four Front and the Department of Social Justice: Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC), Multicultural Center (MCC), Women’s Center (WC), Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center, and the LGBTQ Resource Center. Stay tuned to the MU Inclusion, Diversity and Equity website for more information on this recurring event.

Get interview ready with Truman’s Closet

Are you interviewing for an upcoming summer internship or full-time job, but still need to pick up professional business attire? Save money and avoid purchasing brand-new attire if you do not need to. Truman’s Closet allows MU students, staff and faculty the ability to borrow professional business attire for FREE throughout the year. The organization aims to “strengthen students’ professional etiquette and image through educational opportunities” and is ready to help get you ready for your big day. For more information and location visit https://msa.missouri.edu/auxiliaries/trumans-closet/.

Think ahead and grab needed dorm/apartment items from Tiger Treasures

The spring semester brings summer and fall living discussions, signed leases and daydreaming of future room layouts! So why not add another thought to this housing list and consider stocking up on gently used or new items via the 2020 MU Tiger Treasures Sale held right after the school year lets out this spring? MU Sustainability and various partners will begin planning for their annual rummage sale once the spring semester begins so stay tuned to the MU Tiger Treasures Facebook page or the MU Sustainability website for ways you can donate, shop and volunteer at the end of the semester. Past sales have included microwaves, futons, bedding, clothes, textbooks, lamps and so much more, all at really affordable prices!

Off-Campus Student Services Offers Meal Making Classes to Car Care Clinics

Off-Campus Student Services is often associated with the Mizzou Housing Fairs, but did you know this department also offers Meals in a Flash events where students can learn how to cook meals in 30 minutes or less, sampling the yummy goodies along the way? The team also offers a car care clinic in the spring to make sure you know how to change a tire, check your oil and jumpstart your car. The department wants to ensure that students are ready for whatever life throws at them! Check out their MU Engage portal for upcoming events: http://bit.ly/2PhLRiq

Understand your FAFSA and upcoming scholarships with various MU partners

The Gaine/Oldham Black Culture Center, Center of Academic Success and Excellence, Access & Leadership Development Unit of IDE, and Office of Financial Aid are hosting two FAFSA Frenzy & Mizzou Scholarship Workshops to promote FAFSA and scholarship application completion across campus and the Columbia community. The priority deadline for both applications is February 1, 2020. For more information about this January 30, 2020, event visit: http://bit.ly/2PkC2QZ

In addition, the Missouri Land Grant Compact is another way Mizzou furthers economic well-being and provides equal access to higher education. The grant allows Missouri residents who have experienced economic distress the opportunity to receive an affordable education, fulfilling the university’s land-grant mission. The Missouri Land Grant will cover tuition and fees for all Pell-eligible undergraduate Missouri residents. If the student is enrolled in the Honors College, the grant will also meet 100 percent of his or her unmet financial needs including tuition, fees and room and board. For more information regarding the Missouri Land Grant, visit the Student Financial Aid website.

Free bike repairs once the weather is above 50 degrees

MU Sustainability’s Bike Resource Center strives to make bicycles a safe and affordable option for commuting, to reduce environmental impact through the use of non-motorized transportation and to encourage personal health through exercise. With that said, the Bike Resource Center helps repair MU student bikes throughout the year, free of charge, to keep them going strong. Please note that our student mechanics will not be at Speaker’s Circle if the temperature is below 50 degrees and/or if it is raining. MU Sustainability will update the spring schedule once the semester is in full-swing so stay tuned to our website for more information.

Self-sustainability promoted with FREE self-care app and MU behavioral health care

Self sustainability is an important component of sustainability as a whole. If we are rushing from class, to work, to meetings, to coffee catch ups, to study sessions, chances are we start to become less aware of our surroundings and less aware of our mental/physical health. We strengthen our chances of forgetting things or leaving items behind. We push ourselves to the limit and heighten our stress levels by not taking a moment to breath. How can we expect ourselves to be sustainable in other parts of our lives if we’re racing through our day?

Thankfully, the University of Missouri has an array of options to help you strengthen or maintain your mental health. From group classes promoting social confidence, peace of mind, and coping with grief and loss, to individual counseling, the MU Counseling Center is here to help with free and low-cost options. For more information visit the MU Counseling website.

In November 2019, MU partnered with the app Sanvello to provide tools to help individuals with mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression from their smart devices at no cost to students, staff and faculty. As stated in a recent MU press release, “Sanvello also has special tools to help students cope with common stressful situations, like test-taking, public speaking or even morning dread – when a person wakes up with large amounts of anxiety about facing their day. There are even community support forums where users can post their feelings on different topics and categories, allowing them to interact with users who have similar experiences. These forums focus on a range of topics, from school stress and relationships to books, movies and mantras to help improve mood.” For more information on how you can access this application for free visit http://bit.ly/2PhVUUG