Liz Levey, ‘Doah Staff Writer
August 20, 2013
Welcome to Shenandoah, your college experience begins today. Some of you have traveled from across the globe while others are from right down the road.
All freshmen pass through one of five freshman residence halls and the transition from home to college isn’t always an easy one. Luckily, there are resident assistants to make that transition a bit easier.
Your resident assistant is the best person to go to if you have questions or concerns. R.A.s have received training on responding to concerns and can assist you with almost every issue you may have. In most cases, your R.A. can help you explore your concerns and refer you to the proper university staff to help you resolve your problem.
If you have questions about where to go on campus for either classes or administrative questions your R.A. can point you in the right direction. For example, if you needed to pay your tuition bill they will direct you to the second floor of the Wilkins Administration Building. It is a one-stop shop for the Registrar’s, Business and Financial Aid offices.
One major concern of new freshman moving in is often “what if I don’t like my roommate?” This is also something that your R.A. can help you with.
The first two weeks of school there is a housing freeze. This means that no one can move rooms between that time. The R.A. on your hall will ask if you have spoken to your roommate about the conflict.
If you haven’t they will ask you to do so first, and if the problem continues, you and your roommate will have mediation. The resident director will then proceed with what they believe to be the best resolution for the situation.
If you are having trouble finding your place here at S.U. your RA is a perfect person to talk to. R.A.’s are normally highly involved on campus in all different types of activities.
From helping you find your Spanish classroom to disagreements with friends, R.A.s can give you advice on any situation. Stop by your R.A.’s room some time to talk. The better they get to know you, the more they can help.
The Director of Residence Life Sue O’Driscle gives this advice: “Get to know your R.A., they were in your shoes not long ago. Your hall is your community, get to know as many people as you can, you never know they could become your best friends for life.”