Finding Rhythm: Fall Semester

by Katie LaSota

This past week was the first week of classes for our students and I am happy to say that both my student staff and I have made it though. In comparison to last year, I am reminded of how much our student population can change each year. As I have said before, I work and live with sophomore students in a residence hall and am a ten month employee. While trying to get used to work again after having a great summer off, this year seems to be starting off quickly with issues that I did not expect to address until at least October. I guess what I am trying to say is, I am beginning to understand that each year is going to be unique and incomparable to the year before. The good news is that sophomore students pick their roommates so there are not as many living issues as there are in the first year area at the beginning of the year. The bad news is that they pick their own roommates. Being guilty of this myself as a sophomore student, they choose to live next to or with their friends. Sometimes it is better to be friends with someone than to share a living space with them. This is the year where friendships are tested and new ones are made and strengthened. Growing up is tough and at times, severely uncomfortable. I have to remind myself of this as I encourage and support residents to have 1:1 conversations to discuss their issues with the living situation. This year I am experiencing more roommate issues and while I am surprised, it’s a good reminder that each year is going to be different and that at some point the generation will be different from mine.

So I’ll leave you with this quote. One that I have sitting out in my office…

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

E.E. Cummings 

Student Affairs - the First Years

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