new to unity. assets not appearing

i opened unity and apparently my assets folder is empty. i have redownloaded them to no avail. also restarted unity and made a new scene.

how do i fix this?

If you mean assets from the asset store, then downloading them does not add the to the project. Downloading them puts them in storage on your PC. To include them into your project. find them in the asset store window and click on the “Import” button…

This will open up a window showing you all of the assets in the given package and you can select which bits to import.