Once you've settled into your residence room and bid farewell to your parents and family, join us for Residence Orientation. We are excited to be able to connect with you virtually, and we have some amazing programming planned. Check with your community Residence Advisor for upcoming community events!
During residence Orientation, you will get an opportunity to:
Have a look below for an idea of what Residence Orientation looked like in 2020 (Click image to open in new tab):
The RAs arrange house meetings with every unit in their area. You must attend this meeting. It is the RAs opportunity to get to know you and tell you about residence life if this is your first year here. If you have lived here before, the RA will tell you about any new developments or changes to the Residence Life Program. The RA will also facilitate some exercises that will help you learn more about each of your roommates and communicate openly throughout the year.
There will be times when a situation doesn’t seem it will easily be resolved. The RA’s have been trained in communication, mediation and active listening skills and can approach the situation objectively to help all parties involved. It’s best to ask for help as early as possible since tension can build if you wait too long. Room changes will only be considered after housemates have gone through a mediation process facilitated by an RA, as per the process outlined below. In the event that the Residence Life Coordinator approves a room change, the resident will be charged a $150 administrative fee. Prior to a room change request being granted by the Residence Life Coordinator, residents must proceed through the following process/steps:
The earlier you start working through a problem, the easier it is to solve. Reach out for support at the earliest that you can!
Time management is critical to ensure that you can complete all of your responsibilities on time. It is essential to plan your week ahead of time. When planning for your week, be sure to:
It is essential to be flexible with your schedule when planning. Utilizing a semester planner may be an efficient way to keep track of projects, appointments, etc., for the entire semester.
In addition, it is often helpful to make to-do lists. Writing down the tasks that you want to complete achieves three critical goals:
While planning is essential, following through on your tasks is equally as important. To help motivate you to complete your tasks, it is good to reward yourself for your accomplishments. This could look like giving yourself a half-hour of guilt-free TV-watching or giving yourself some time to call friends/family.
If you have worked through these strategies and are still having difficulty balancing your responsibilities, please reach out to your Residence Advisor. Your RA will then connect you with the Academic Advising & Career Centre for further support.
In the unlikely event of a fire, please:
Fires have the potential to significantly impact you, your fellow residents, and our residence community. A common cause of fires in residence is due to unsafe cooking practices. With this in mind, we’ve prepared the following list of tips to help ensure that you’re keeping yourself safe while cooking in residence: