Adjusting to life on campus can be challenging. Living with people from diverse backgrounds can be difficult and sometimes personalities clash. In this situation, make sure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities as a resident on campus.
If you are having problems with any of your roommates, do the following things:
- Try talking it out with them. As young adults, you should be able to work through minor differences and come to a solution.
- If you can’t talk it out, talk to your RA. Your RA can help mediate and help you all work towards a solution.
- If mediation is unsuccessful, your RA might recommend contacting your community director. Your community director will work with you and take appropriate actions to make sure that all parties involved have a safe residential experience.
Both your RA and your community director are trained to handle and resolve conflicts– they are great resources to turn to when you have roommate issues!
If you’re looking for a quiet place to study that isn’t your dorm room, there are many places on campus you can use. The Library has quiet floors for studying and even study rooms that you can rent out. There are many rooms in The Commons where you can relax and get work done, like the Fireside Lounge or the Women’s Center. Find a space that works for you and make it your own. In addition to focusing on your work, you might meet new friends and even study partners!