Darlene Maes

Story by Darlene Maes/Staff/@Dawrlean


The average college student may have other responsibilities outside their academic work. Taking care of children, work, relationships and so much more. One has to manage to pull off such a balancing act to make sure each portion of their everyday life is taken care of on top of maintaining their own happiness. We ourselves may become our own roadblock to success because of one simple thing, asking for help.

The ideals to be a successful college student often come with the stigma of having to do all the work ourselves: being able to stay up late at night working on homework for all of your classes and passing the courses we need to continue in our academic career.

Then the other factors set in. If you sit down and list every single responsibility you have, it may feel so overwhelming. You may ask yourself, “How am I supposed to work, go to school, do homework, study, stay in shape, be social, help run a home and get eight hours of sleep a day?” It seems impossible, but it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve found myself buried in many responsibilities and couldn’t believe it. I had to be self-sufficient since the age of 13 due to unstable parents. For many years, it seemed like I could not catch a simple break.

When I arrived at LBCC, I felt disheartened. I was in the middle of finding somewhere to live, while keeping my job and trying to continue my education. After enrolling in my courses, I took a look around at what the campus had to offer: having a place that provides assistance with tutoring, another campus to enroll in more classes, EOPS, health services and other assistance. As time has gone by, the services have been incredibly beneficial to not only to myself, but other students as well.

I recently found myself benefiting from the $19 health fee that LBCC charges each student to full use. With the wonderful care from the nurse practitioners on the LAC, I was treated with antibiotics without having insurance.

All it took was walking past the office door while leaving class and telling myself, “It doesn’t hurt to ask.” That attitude has crossed my mind every time I’ve caught myself in a tough situation and maybe it has for you.

My story does not have to be the same to yours to understand the simple concept of asking for help. It can save time and effort. College is hard, even life can be difficult, but the struggle does not  have to be so harsh when school and other services can assist by simply asking, “How can we help you?” and you saying “yes.”