Res Life? What?
One of the best things about college is leaving home. It can also be the scariest thing. That is why it is important to understand how valuable res life is to your college career. Living on your own for the first time can be intimidating. Some may want to live off campus, but be aware if you are off campus you will not get the full experience of college. Res life is basically the residential life staff, section, or division of the college you choose to attend. It is comprised of resident advisers or assistants, commonly called RAs, as well as possibly a dean’s office or other executive level staff.
What are the Benefits of Res Life?
Res life provides students with living and learning experiences beyond the classroom. Social and cultural experiences among your peers will provide you with more education than any book could possibly offer. Most res life programs on campuses are there to help with any and all needs. If you have a problem with your roommate, res life staff are the ones to contact. If your closet door falls off the hinges, res life staff to the rescue. If your air conditioning breaks? Again, res life staff are the ones to call.
Safety and Well-Being
Ok, so your safety and well-being is probably not at the top of your list. Lucky for you it will be the priority of your college’s res life staff. Student needs are the number one concern of all res life staff, from executive assistants to resident assistants. And let’s face it, without the parents around someone needs to be looking out for you!
Where you live in college will strongly influence your experience. Making friends is a big part of your next phase in life, and a great deal of those friends will come from your dorm hall. The best thing is that you will encounter people from all walks of life. You will meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. You will be exposed to individuals of all kinds and everyone will be looking to make new connections. The res life staff will be organizing socials and events to help you meet new people and make lifelong friendships. The people you meet will make your education that much more fulfilling and the connections will last a lifetime.