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Guidance - Presentation - College Living

  1. 1. College Living By Joseph Benedetto
  2. 2. Go Where? A lot goes into the decision of whether or not you want to go to college. If you decide that you do, you may have the following options: Option 1 – Live at home Option 2 – Live on campus Option 3 – Live off campus
  3. 3. Option 1: Live at HomePercentage - 58.5% in 2009 (according to the National Retail Federation (NRF))Potential Benefits – Lower cost, easier transition, more support, more personal space and time, greater food optionsPotential Issues – Parental needs/expectations, less opportunities for social activities, less independence, transportation
  4. 4. Option 2: Live On Campus Percentage – 15.8% in 2008 (according to the NRF) Potential Benefits – Accessibility to school, increased social life, simplicity of financials Potential Issues – Lack of privacy/space, lower grades
  5. 5. Option 3: Live Off Campus Percentage – 22.4% (according to the NRF) Potential Benefits – Independence, privacy, sense of responsibility Potential Issues – More expensive, transportation issues, isolation, lower grades
  6. 6. Residence Halls Most college campuses prefer freshmen to live in an on-campus residence hall. Residence halls usually feature primarily two-person rooms with a select number of one-person rooms for those with special needs. Most rooms are same-sex. It is not uncommon to have males and females living in the same building, however.
  7. 7. Residence Halls (Cont.) Residence halls usually have shared bathrooms and laundry facilities. There may be a kitchen in traditional dormitories. A resident director often lives in an apartment within the residence hall of which he or she is responsible. Resident assistants usually live in a one-person room located in each hall.
  8. 8. Resident Director (RD) Responsible for supervising the resident directors in building the community. Handles or forwards facility operations and maintenance. Usually acts as a campus judicial hearing officer, meeting with policy offenders and assigning the appropriate sanctions.
  9. 9. Resident Assistants (RAs) Build community by creating and attending events. Live close to residents (usually in the same floor/hall.) Work with the resident director to plan programming and handle violations. Are available to talk to residents. Set up programs inside and outside of the hall to build community.
  10. 10. Adjustment For most people moving into a residence hall, it is their first time living away from their family. Students moving a distance away from their hometown may become homesick and miss their family and friends. Resident assistants provide community-building activities and personal attention to ease the transition and make new students feel at home.
  11. 11. Adjustment For some people, living in the residence hall brings about new responsibilities such as…  Self-care (Sleep habits, organization, hygiene)  Interpersonal courtesy (Sharing a room, hall, bathroom, etc…)  Academic motivation (Going to class, doing homework, studying independently)
  12. 12. Residence Hall Policies Most resident halls have designated “quiet hours” that are enforced overnight. Students who request quieter, study-friendly conditions may be placed in a section of a hall or possibly an entire dormitory designated for quiet study. Normally, overnight guests are allowed in public colleges for a limited number of nights within a month.
  13. 13. Residence Hall Policies (Cont.) The majority of first year students are under the legal drinking age and will be held responsible for possession of alcohol. Possession of alcohol and/or recreational drugs may result in university police and/or student judicial action. Some college campuses are completely dry (no alcohol allowed) or smoke-free (no smoking even outside on campus).
  14. 14. Support For students struggling with adjusting, colleges offer programs and services to help to make the transition easier. Programming held by student clubs as well as the college provide anything from live music and comedians to multicultural events. Tutoring and other academic services are almost always offered in core subjects. Health and counseling services are usually offered for those in need.
  15. 15. Information / Questions?For more information, check out these resources:  General college info:  Special needs transition:Any questions about what I said or college in general?
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