Tips for staying sane in res
Moving into a campus residence when you first start university is great. It’s how you meet friends, your food is cooked by someone else and you’re only a short walk from all your classes. It’s perfect. But it doesn’t always feel that way. After you’ve been living in res for a while it can become a bit much. For one thing, there are always people around and that’s not always a good thing. Then there’s the noise (not everyone has the same sleeping patterns). And, of course, after a while dining hall food starts to taste the same every day. But living in res can still be great, you just have to work at it. Make your room your own Bring some things from home, like your bed linen and curtains. Invest in some posters of your favourite bands or some artwork from talented friends (depending on your taste). And photographs, those are important. Keep some framed pictures of your nearest and dearest around your room to make you feel less homesick (which, unfortunately, will happen at some point). Keep snacks in your room You will get hungry outside of mealtimes and, if you’re not lucky enough to live in a res with a vending machine, those late night snacking urges will be hard to fight. There’s always the chance you’ll sleep through breakfast or miss lunch because class ran late. Food is important, especially for students. And snacks don’t have to be junk food, there are loads of healthy snacks you can keep in your room. Invest in a “do not disturb” sign Having friends in res is great. Many times you’ll find these are the friends you keep for life. And you love them, you really do. But sometimes you have an exam to study for, an essay to write or you simply need some alone time. A “do not disturb” sign will save you from having to make excuses or awkwardly telling someone to go away. Get out of there Once in awhile you just need to escape for a weekend. Whether that means going home to see your family or staying at a friends place off campus, it’s a good idea to get away from the madness of res. Seeing the same people everyday can be a bit much and you can’t always lock yourself away in your room. You can only keep your “do not disturb” sign on your door for so long before people start to get concerned about you. Living in res is great, you just have to find ways to make it stay great. Doing these simple things will make it that much easier.