Guest post: Kevin Reese
Residence Halls are places that foster teamwork, independent living, growth and responsibility.
There are typically two or three different setups standard to most campuses.
Traditional Community Style: This configuration usually places two or three students in a room together. The standard room comes with a bed, dresser/wardrobe, desk and chair. These rooms are usually on a floor or wing with bathrooms strategically placed throughout the floor/wing. This option is typically the most affordable option of campus living.
Suite Style: This configuration usually places two or three students in a room together. The standard room comes with a bed, dresser/wardrobe, desk and chair. This configuration allows you to have one roommate and a shared bathroom with the room next door. This offers more independence and responsibility as the students handle alternate cleaning of the bathroom.
Apartment Style: This is an option usually reserved for upperclassmen to have the most independence. The space and number of roommates can vary based on size of the apartment. The standard room comes with a bed, dresser/wardrobe, desk and chair. The residents would be responsible for the cleaning of all common spaces in the apartment. Apartment Style living is typically the least affordable option of campus living, if provided.
College and university campuses across the nation follow a programming model designed to educate students on a variety of topics. As a Residence Hall Director, I created a wheel of holistic programming that residents can attend, including different programs that would assist in their growth throughout the school year. My wheel consisted of social, spiritual, financial and cultural programming. Students aren’t required to attend programming, but it does help keep you engaged. I would always tell my students when attending the program, come with an open mind and questions. You never what knowledge or advice might come your way!
Residence Halls are staffed by a professional staff member and a team of Resident Assistants. Though biased, it is my belief that the Resident Assistant position is the premiere leadership opportunity on campus. This role allows you to serve as a source of help to your fellow students while growing your individual leadership skills such as time management, conflict resolution, crisis management, effective communication and diversity/cultural sensitivity. Resident Assistants typically receive compensation in the form of a package for their service. These packages are listed below:
- Room and Board
- Room and Stipend
- Percentage of Room and Board
Living on campus can be one of the most exciting times of your life! Living on campus provides you the opportunity to grow as a person and as a future professional. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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