Hey there future badgers!
Moving away from home for school can be one of the biggest steps you take, it can also be one of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of university. I remember being nervous and scared but also excited for move in day. Before that Sunday of the Labour Day weekend, I had no idea what to expect and no clue if I’d be able to do it. Rest assured I was more than okay and really enjoyed my time in residence. Below I’ll include some tips and personal experiences about moving away for school and living in residence to help you get excited and ready for move in day!
1) Check your Brock email! All of the important residence information (as well as other Brock related info) will be sent to your Brock email.
2) Come to Smart Start! This is a great opportunity to see your residence building and get your Brock student ID card that will serve as your building access key, meal plan (optional in non-traditional residences), and flex dollar card for the year! Click here to register for Smart Start today!
3) Pack in advance! Remember that you’re going to be in your residence for 8 months so you need to pack enough, but you also don’t want to pack too much. Packing is different depending on what style of residence you live in (Read Jacqueline’s blog on residence here).
4) Once you move in, make friends! Some of my very best friends were made in residence. On my first day in residence, my Don (an upper year student who lives in residence with you and assists with the transition into university) gathered all of the students in my stairwell (I lived in Decew) and had our very first meeting. The first person I talked to was the girl standing next to me, named Jessica (pictured below). We became friends pretty much instantly and are still really great friends to this day!
5) Get involved! One of the best ways to make your residence experience great is by getting involved on campus; after all campus is your home away from home for the next few years. For me getting involved included, volunteering for Shinerama during orientation week, playing an intramural, going to events and, participating in residence activities.
6) Remember to keep clean! As much fun as it is living in residence, remember its your job to keep your spaces clean (especially if your mom decides to visit). You can sign out vacuums from the North and South Service Desks!
7) Have fun! Regardless of what building you’re in, your residence experience is what you make it so make sure to make it the best possible experience by having fun. Remember its the people, not the bricks and mortar, that make living in residence one of the best parts of university!
That’s all I’ve got for now future Badgers but stay tuned for more blog posts. I hope you’re all pumped for September.
See you in the halls.
Naomi – out!