January 20, 2018

Setting Ground Rules for Roommate Success

By Melisa Figueroa They say that roommates are the luck of the draw even with people you know. Some situations are picture-perfect, while others are less than desirable. There are some that start out great but turn sour, and others that start out rocky but turn into lifelong friendships. The key to success is keeping a balance of fairness and friendship to ensure that your apartment will stay a peaceful and positive place for all. Living with people who aren’t your family can be eye … [Read more...]

Preparing Yourself for Your Own Apartment or House

As a campus ambassador for two years at the University of Florida, I believed that the problem that most students had trouble overcoming was their lack of knowledge when it comes to housing. Now, as a graduate of UF and an employee for a local property manager in Gainesville, my suspicious have been confirmed. Every day, I deal with young students who have moved away from home and find themselves facing the culture shock of dealing with your own apartment or house. Lease contracts; separate … [Read more...]

Start with a roommate agreement so you don’t end in disaster

So it’s a new semester and you have a new roommate. You're going to be connected to this person for quite some time, so this time you want to make sure that it will get off to a good start. Based on my own real-world experience, I recommend signing a roommate agreement. First, ask your resident assistant or a staff member in Residence Life to help you create or locate a roommate agreement. The form may be located online or your school may offer a roommate agreement as part of Student Services … [Read more...]

Transitioning to the dorm life

Helping your students get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way Living in a dorm can be fun-filled, but issues will arise. Resident Advisors (RAs) play an important role in improving the resident life experience. They educate the students on co-existing in a dorm to ensure a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you are an RA managing a floor-full of bright-eyed freshmen or a high school counselor preparing his/her students for the transition to college living, here are few tips you … [Read more...]