Living in residence is an experience unlike any other. It's like a Petri dish for friendship. It's not likely that you will ever again live in an enclosed space with so many people going through the same life change as you: first-year university.
People meet and create what become lifelong friendships in their dorm. Spending so much exciting and stressful time together leads to strong bonds of shared experience.
It's important to keep in mind, though, that not everyone in residence will be friendly or easy to get along with; that is an important part of the residence experience: learning to cope with and accommodate people whose interests, backgrounds, hygiene, and (most importantly) schedules differ from your own.
University is about learning and you need to learn both your own rights as a tenant of the residence and the University's rights as your landlord. You don't want to accidentally do something that will cost you both grief and money.
The University of Saskatchewan maintains the right to charge you for disobeying any of their established policies, so it is your responsibility to know what those policies are. This is true in the classroom as well. Ignorance is not an acceptable defense for plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty.
Read through your resident handbook, your student handbook,and your class syllabi. The first step in university learning is learning about the university, its rules and its expectations.
One benefit you have in residence is your access to all the services and help provided by the people who run the residence. Use their expertise. They have gone through what you're going through and can help you in a variety of ways.
Tips from Residence Students
- Get your Student ID card before moving in. This will be your key; the sooner you get it, the sooner you can move in and if you go early you can avoid line-ups (every university student needs a Student ID card, so the line-ups are really long the first few days of the year.
- Remember that just because you are on a university campus, it doesn't mean you aren't in a city. Keep your safety a priority at all times. Remember to read the yellow-framed Safety Bulletins posted throughout campus and your dorm; know where all the Campus Safety phones are in case of an emergency; walk with a buddy after hours and if you don't have a buddy, call Safewalk.
- Make friends with your lab partner or some other classmate in each class. This way you can keep aware of what happens in class if you are sick or away and it gives you someone to vent to and study with.