MESSAGE 1 BUILDING ROOMMATE RELATIONSHIPS

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MESSAGE 1
BUILDING ROOMMATE RELATIONSHIPS
Living with a roommate can be a challenging adjustment as you transition to college. You may or may not have
known your roommate upon your arrival at WCU, but hopefully you have been able to establish some ground
rules and work together on any issues that have come about thus far. Below are some tips for establishing a
healthy roomie relationship.
Establish boundaries! It’s always a good idea to openly discuss class schedules, noise level preferences (TV,
music, etc), and visitors/overnight guests in your room. You’ve had several weeks to figure out your routine, so
it may be helpful to put your preferences in writing so both of you are aware of each other’s expectations and
individual needs this school year.
Be honest! Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. If you are experiencing any issues with your roomie, it is best
to speak up immediately. Chances are, your roommate will be open to listening to the issues you present and
working out a compromise in order to improve the quality of living within your close quarters.
Use your RA as a resource! Your RA has lived in a dorm before and will serve as a great peer mentor for
you throughout the year-for issues and questions both inside and outside the residence hall. If you feel
uncomfortable approaching your roommate, consult your RA first. He or she will be able to help you start the
conversation with your roommate, offer suggestions, and even be a part of the conversation, if desired.
Remember, effective communication is key, and following the Golden Rule will serve you well! For more
information, check out The Department of Residential Living’s Living With a Roommate page.
Best,
Rebecca F. Wolfe
FYE Graduate Assistant
STAY CONNECTED to the RESIDENT STUDENT ASSOCIATION
MESSAGE 2
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Become an active
Resident Student
.
Association
member!
Be the voice of Res
Life and contribute
to changes to better
your residential
campus community!
Did up know you are a part of
PEAKS?
!
Meet
Your
Residential
Living
staff!
Love living on campus?
Thinking about becoming an
RA next year?
Check out
Employment Opportunities
with Residential Living!
Questions?
Comments?
Concerns?
Call
828.227.7303
E-mail
[email protected]
Stop by
1st West Scott Hall
Cullowhee, NC 28723
MESSAGE 3
FYE Bookmark Journey – 2012
WHAT’S THE POINT? ---- LEARNING GOALS
This journey should help you
1. Discover the physical location of the 15 resource sites.
2. Identify the primary purpose and function of each resource.
3. Understand how this resource is relevant to your college experience.
4. Integrate knowledge or skills learned from the resource into mapping a
successful college experience.
DOCUMENT the JOURNEY:
At each resource site you will find a box identified with the bookmark postcard. Inside
the box you will find clue cards. Take one and follow the directions on both sides.
On side one, write your name and follow the clue to answer
 WHO: Name of resource
 WHERE: Location (building)
 WHAT is the function or service of the resource?
 WHEN are they open to serve your needs?
 WHY is this resource important to you?
On side two, complete the second clue, and share your discoveries with your transition
course instructor per class instructions. Return your signed clue cards to your
instructor – this is the only way you can win!
HOW DOES THE CONTEST WORK?
Complete side 1 for all 15 locations and your name will be in a prize drawing.
Complete side 1 and side 2 for all 15 locations and your name will be in a drawing for an even better prize!
The class with the most completers will be in a drawing for a class ice-cream social.
Resources Sites
Group 1
WaLC :
Writing & Learning
Commons
International
Programs
CRC: Campus
Recreation Center
Group 2
Class TIPS:
Technology
Commons
Leadership Office
MHC: Mountain
Heritage Center
Group 3
Hunter
Ask a Librarian
Intercultural
Affairs
One Stop
Group 4
ACE: Arts &
Cultural
Entertainment
Service Learning
Center
Health Center
Group 5
Career Services
FAM
Fine Art Museum
Red Zone Central
First Year Experience at WCU ---- Your goals for this year:
Discover College
Adapt to new environments and responsibilities - discover and use the resources available to you!
Be Involved
Identify and act upon your role and responsibility as an engaged citizen - be an active participant in your learning
experiences!
Connect the Dots
Connect your personal interests and abilities, academics, and co-curricular activities as you make sense of the
world.
Think First
Identify complex issues or problems – evaluate your options to make an informed decision - reflect on the
implications of your choice.
Exchange Ideas
Communicate appropriately and respectfully in a variety of formats and contexts.
Calibrate Your Compass
Examine your values and goals - take responsibility for your own learning and development - act with integrity.
As you journey through the year,
Reflect on these FYE goals;
Celebrate the Student Community Creed;
Share your success stories in
EYE on FYE
Check out the above link to see what your predecessors had to say
Please read the full FYE Journal to learn more about what to expect in your first year at WCU.
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