July 30th, 2013 by tstjohn
Roommate. That one word tends to arouse much anxiety in today’s college students. With a movie like Screen Gems’ release of The Roommate in 2011, why wouldn’t it?
What will my roommate be like? Will he/she be mean? Will we not get along? How early does he/she need to go to bed? Am I too messy? All these are questions that I had asked myself prior to moving into my residence hall my first year here at UNE. It’s alright to be asking yourself these questions, especially if you have never had to share a room with someone except for the occasional “sleep over.”
Housing assignments are available and can be viewed on UOnline. Be sure to check that out as soon as possible so you know not only who you will be living with, but where. Moving in will be much easier if you have been able to communicate with your roommate(s) beforehand. Items like refrigerators, microwaves, and televisions may take up too much space if you and your roommate(s) all bring your own. It may also be easier to coordinate with them who will be moving in at what time, just so you can try to avoid moving in on top of each other.
Besides the logistics of moving in, you may want to just get to know your roommate(s). Obviously contacting each other through social media is very helpful, but when you are moved in try to do some activities together. Going to meals together or Welcome Back Week activities may help you get to know each other better and provide many opportunities for you to discuss things like sleep schedules, class schedules, favorite movies, and the sharing of personal items.
Living in a Residence Hall is like living in a small community. Get to know your roommate as well as the people on your floor. Spread to the people in your building. You will be living with all of them for the next year so try to get to know everyone!
For more information on Residential Education and Housing, check out the link below
July 15th, 2013 by tstjohn
Alley, a sophomore Orientation Leader, shares her experience transferring to UNE for the second semester of her first year in college.
It’s still all very clear to me; the day I realized I wanted to transfer colleges. I did not feel like I belonged and I felt like just another number among the 9,000 students around me. There was no way I could stay there for the next three years of my life and I knew what needed to be done.
I still remember the very first day I arrived at UNE. I was so nervous, I didn’t even know what to think. Not only was I switching schools, I was switching at the beginning of the spring semester. So many things were running through my head but the one thing that worried me the most was if I was going to be able to make friends. The students already enjoyed their first semester together, establishing bonds and friendships. I did not know whether I would be able to establish any of my own. I had never actually visited the campus before deciding to transfer. I’ll even admit that I Googled “colleges in Maine” and clicked on the first one I saw, which happened to be UNE. I researched the location, number of students, programs and decided to apply. Two weeks later, I received a call from the head of admissions congratulating me on my acceptance and welcoming me for the spring semester. Overcome with joy that I finally had an out from the college I was currently attending, it took me a good ten minutes before reality actually began setting in. I live in Arkansas and I was about to make the decision to move 26 hours away from my family, never having even visited the place in which I was transferring. But I only applied to one school and I knew transferring was the best thing for me. During winter break I packed my things and eventually made my way to the airport. Two flights, a couple cups of coffee, and a 5 hour layover later, I finally made my way to UNE. Transfer Orientation began and ended, and the real deal began. My roommate returned from break, as well as everyone else on the floor. I can’t remember exactly how many hands I shook or how many times I replied, “yes people actually do live in Arkansas,” but I can remember how nervous I was. Day by day my nervousness started to disappear, until finally something truly amazing happened; it completely disappeared. I began establishing friendships, becoming a part of inside jokes, enjoying my professors, and began having a much better experience than my first semester of college. I finally felt comfortable and ready to tackle the rest of my future.
I was nervous, unsure, and questioned my decision multiple times. But after adjusting to life at UNE I realized transferring to UNE became the best decision I made during my first year of college. There’s a sense of family here at UNE and I can only hope you appreciate it as much as I do. Your nervousness will kick in and you may even start to question your decision. But look around you. You are not the only one experiencing this new adventure. Use it to your advantage and enjoy this new opportunity. Think with positivity, be yourself, and be 100% genuine.