Making The Most Of Living In Residence


For many students, the transition from living at home during high school to living in a dorm during first year can be a stressful process, particularly if you’re going through it alone.

TalentEgg talked to Cashlyn Teggar, a fourth year journalism student at Ryerson University who works in the student housing office, about some tips and tricks for making the most of your res experience.

“You’re moving into a community, so you might as well be part of it as much as you can.” —Cashlyn Teggar, fourth year journalism student, Ryerson University

“The nice thing about residence is that when you move in, you’re placed in a small community with a roommate, on a floor, in a residence building,” says Cashlyn. “And most people don’t know anyone, so they’re open to making friends as well.”

First year students who head into residence on their own can have a lot of fears related to making friends, particularly if they are shy. Cashlyn recommends getting involved in your built-in residence community. “You’re moving into a community, so you might as well be part of it as much as you can,” she says.

Of course, your university experience doesn’t just stay in the confines of your dorm room or res building. You have an entire city to conquer!

“Getting out and getting to know your city is definitely a good idea,” says Cashlyn. Moving to a new city is a great opportunity to explore by yourself or with friends to see what your new home has to offer. Plus, if your family and friends come to visit, you get to act as their personal tour guide.

By taking advantage of the opportunities for you in residence and in your city, there is always a risk of distraction from your academics. Don’t worry though, there are definitely ways that you, as a student, can work to stay on the right track towards success.

As Cashlyn explains, you don’t need to sacrifice a social life in order to do well in school. “Students always meet lots of people in their programs, so you can always combine your social life with your school life by studying with other people,” she says.  “Making sure that you keep on top of school should be the priority – that’s what you came to university for.”

Moving into residence is a huge step for many first-year students. It is a sign of independence and maturity, so it’s time for you to prove that you’re worthy of being there.

“At home, you have your parents and your teachers to look after you. When you hit university, you are the only one supervising yourself.”

If it turns you love living in residence, maybe you can be a residence advisor (RA) next year! TalentEgg contributor Leeann Yee recently shared her experience as an RA: Being A Residence Advisor Helped Me Develop Key Professional Skills

Photo credit: Show suite in the College Quarter undergraduate student residences by University of Saskatchewan
About the author

Alanna Glass is a Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) student at Western University who completed an internship at TalentEgg in Summer 2011. She is a Food Network junkie and a lover of all things media.