Moving away from home and transitioning into college life can be both exciting and intimidating, especially when it comes to moving into a tiny dorm room in a freshman residence hall. All residence halls have their own unique way of life and set of rules so when you are choosing your housing preferences, be sure to get a little background information about where you would be living to make the best choice for you. Just remember to…

Expect Challenges

Living in a residence hall comes with challenges, the worst being noise and space! So learning to deal with noisy neighbors, crowded bathrooms, and sharing a small dorm room with a stranger are all realistic challenges for an incoming freshman. Sometimes you just need to DEAL and other times noise canceling headphones can be your best friend. Seriously!

Be a Team Player

Most residence halls meet to create a list of rules that everyone is expected to follow, so be sure to participate and voice your concerns at these hall meetings.

Get to Know Your RA

RAs exist not only to make sure that you are following the rules but to unite your hall and help ease your transition into dorm life.

Get to Know Your Fellow Hall Mates

Residence halls often provide hall activities so that those who live there can mingle and spend time together. Making the effort to get to know your fellow hall mates can lead to great friendships and a good support system for college.

While the prospect of living on campus in a freshman residence hall with total strangers may seem intimidating right now, at the end of the day, it will prove to be one of your most exciting experiences yet.

Live Dorm Smart!

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Original Post: 4/09/2012


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