An exciting, nerve-wracking, hectic, amazing day! The day you start your StFX journey will be one of the busiest of the year. You need to check in, get your ID, move into residence or your new house, attend house meetings, and start Orientation Week events. All on top of consoling your parents, saying goodbye, and meeting hundreds of new people. It can all be a little overwhelming. Luckily, there are TONS of people on campus that day to help make your transition as smooth as possible. And luckily we have the inside scoop on move in day to help you out ahead of time.
O-Crew. They’re in bright pink shirts and never stop cheering. Easy to spot and trained to welcome you to campus, bring you to events, and be your friend. If you’re ever unsure where you’re supposed to be, ask one of them and they’ll point you in the right direction.
It means something profound and different for each person who puts one on their finger. It’s a sign of the accomplishments you’ve had so far, the friendships you’ve made, the late nights you’ve spent studying, and the journey you’re about to take in the “real world.”
For all first years, you officially have 17 days until Welcome Day, so I’m thinking like 16 days left to pack. That’s totally enough time! Although, if you planned on going out and buying a bunch of cool dorm room stuff, I’d probably get on that! I know some people who start packing for school weeks and weeks in advance. I also know of people who leave it until literally the day before they leave. ANYTHING is possible if you put your mind to it (and have your mom/dad/older sibling/really anyone older than you who has packing skills). Packing can seem very overwhelming at times and you may get frustrated but literally everyone who moves away from home has done it and so will you! For those who are flying here from another part of the country, things are a bit harder for you, as you may not be able to bring as many belongings as if you were driving here! But fear not! Here is everything most of things you need to know to help you pack!
I hope that you have had a great summer and that you are getting more and more excited to be coming to X in the fall. My name is Joelle French, and I am the VP Residence Affairs at the Students’ Union. My portfolio oversees student leadership in residence, through House Presidents and Vice Presidents. Alongside, Hall Directors and Residence Assistants, these House Presidents and Vice Presidents will most likely be some of the first people you will meet when you move into residence! They are so eager to welcome you to StFX and are so thrilled to be working alongside Residence Life to ensure that your needs are met in residence and that you have the renowned residential experience that StFX is known for.
Moving away from home for the first time can be scary. All of a sudden you’re responsible for getting yourself to class, eating healthy, studying enough, balancing sleep with social activities, and much more. Although there’s no one here who is going to babysit you or wake you up in the morning when meal hall is about to close and you have 5 minutes to get to class, we do have TONS of supports in residence and across campus to help every student succeed!
At the base of this support is your residence Core Leadership Team (CLT). Check out the bonus blog tomorrow for more info on that!
Residence Assistants are hired by the university. One or two live on each floor of each residence to promote the community environment. They put on programs to help students adjust to university-living, act as a confidante/support to the residents on their floor, and often, become great friends with the people in their building.