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Ten survival tricks in campus
By Kevin Ochieng | Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 14:08 EAT
First year student joining campus
  • Its a new month and most students will be joining/ resuming studies on campus
  • There are certain survival tricks one must know fully embrace the college experience


Living on campus allows students to fully embrace the college experience. Staying in a residence hall (hostels) can provide plenty of opportunities to meet new people and join school activities. But campus living can also come with potential pitfalls. Learn how to avoid trouble spots while taking full advantage of the benefits of campus stay.

The following tips can prepare you for on-campus living, and how to get along with your colleagues.

1 .explore your options

CAMPUS housing options can vary significantly between colleges. Learn about the various residence halls at your school, noting which features can impact your campus experience for better or worse. Some halls may officially carter to select interests. Others might have an unofficial reputation you should know about. Keep in mind that school might have restrictions for students, particularly freshmen.

2. Be thoughtful about what you move

If you are moving into ‘10×15’ room that you will share with another person, don’t bring everything you own to your campus home. Even if your living space is larger, bring only what you really need. If you own a car, consider whether you needed it or if expenses (like parking space) make it too costly. Coordinate with any roommates on what to bring so that you don’t have two or three of everything in your dwelling.

3. Get to know your new surroundings

If possible it’s possible to reconnaissance the place you will be living in, then it is better to.an early visit can help you decide whether you will need and how you should plan for new routines. If that isn’t possible, then be sure to take advantage of any residence hall orientation events. Campus kick off celebrations also represent good opportunities to make your way around school grounds and get your bearings.

4. Know the rules

Regardless of whether you live in a residence hall, a university-managed apartment or another type of campus housing is very likely that there are certain rules in place meant to protect students. Many schools for instance barn drinking in residences housing underage students. Individuals, who violet student housing rules, risk eviction from a residence hall, academic suspension or worse. Policies and procedures can usually be allocated on a university’s residence life website.

5. Be a good roommate

Most college students who live on campus have at least one roommate sometimes during their academic career. If you are set to leave with another person or so, things are likely to go a lot more smoothly if you make an effort to be respectful and helpful. Keep things neat. Pitch in on shared chores. Respect others privacy.in short, do things you appreciate others doing for you.

6. Pack your patience

No matter how hard you work to be a good roommate, it’s possible that someone you live with will make things hard for both of you. During difficult times, keep a level head and use techniques to navigate and avoid roommate drama. Talk calmly about what is bothering you and seek compromise on tough issues, if things get too difficult, it’s possible you will have to seek another arrangement through the university.

7. Join campus activities

Get involved in plenty of activities, either through your residence hall association or elsewhere on campus. With wide-ranging students clubs and events, there is no need to stay in. even you get along really well with the people you are living with, university activities can introduce you to different types of people you may have never met before.

8. Make your way off campus

 Students clubs and activities can help make living on campus a special time, but it is a good idea to also spend time off school grounds. Campus can begin to seem like a bubble, and you might begin to feel claustrophobic. Go into the city and find some cultural and entertainment events that spark your interest. Find a museum or a park you can visit when you need to get away from school.

9. Stay connected with others

You are at college to learn, have a good time and develop into the person you want to be. That doesn’t mean you have to leave everyone from the past behind, however. In fact, tapping into the support system you had in place before moving to campus can be a big help if any difficulties do come up at school. Family members and friends can provide advice and perspective on hard issues.

10. Stay safe

This is the last tip here, but it’s obviously the most important. Employ basic tactics that can help you stay safe: always lock your door, don’t let anyone you don’t know into your residence, never loan your key to anyone. Don’t prop open community doors that should be locked.travel with friends during odd hours. We have heard several cases of students being attacked and even getting killed at night in various universities. Check with residence hall or campus security staff for additional suggestions.

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