The days have gotten cooler here in East Texas. Pretty soon, many students will be leaving campus to be with their families for the holidays, but many others will be staying right here at SFA. We want to remind students staying in Nacogdoches that they don’t have to go through the fall and winter alone. There are excellent resources on campus to give you support during the cold months coming up.
Students staying in Nacogdoches for the holidays, or who just need support, should not think that SFA or Nacogdoches will forget about them. The SFA Food Pantry is available to help any student, living on or off campus, not face food insecurities. There is a furniture pantry at the Church of Christ for students who are in need of furniture and not able to afford it. Students can conveniently obtain their flu shot at the Health Clinic; the Health Clinic is also the best place for a student to go if they have any other health needs. Locally, the Women’s Shelter, formally known as the Family Crisis Center of East Texas, offers clothing, furniture, toys and more at a cheaper resale price, and they also provide help to those in unstable family or living conditions.
The SFA Shuttle Bus Service operates evenings from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; the shuttle bus goes to Walmart at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and to Dollar Tree at 7 p.m. Thursdays from the front of Baker Pattillo Student Center. If you need a ride home on a Friday or Saturday night, Driving Jacks is in operation from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. to get you there safely. If you are experiencing anxiety over the cold months ahead, we encourage you to visit SFA Counseling Services.
Students staying on campus for Thanksgiving or the winter break can also check with their appropriate residence halls for any resources they may be offering.
All of these services are here for you, and you should use them if you feel like you need extra support. Do not feel like you’re the only student who needs assistance, and do not feel bad for needing help. These resources are available to students for a reason; many have expressed a need for them, so SFA departments and student organizations felt the need to make them happen.
No one should be alone, especially during the cold weather about to start. SFA has your back and is willing to help you in whatever way it can.