Welcome to Residence Life!

We can't wait to welcome you to campus in a few weeks! Listen in as our VP for Student Life and Director of Residence Life talk about the five things you should know as you plan to move to campus in August.

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Or email Charity at  CTripp@WarnerPacific.edu


Prefer to read all about it? Here's a transcript of the conversation:

Jon: 
Welcome to Warner Pacific! We are glad you're coming. We are here today to talk about what to expect with Residence Life. I'm Jon Sampson. I'm the VP for Student Life, and I'm here with Charity Tripp, our Director of Residence Life.

Charity:
Hello.

Jon:
We want to talk to you about living on campus. You have probably seen the videos that you've already been getting in your email that talk about college is different, and that's good. So whether it's your first time at college, or you're transferring, if you're living on campus, there's things that you'll want to think about and do. So we just want to talk for a few minutes about five things that you want to either do or not do to prepare for living on campus. But before we do that, Charity, can you just tell us a little bit about why Residence Life? Why is it worth living on campus during college?

Charity:
Yeah. I constantly feel like I'm telling students that living on campus is all about the experience. You have 24-hour access to resources, and it's different than living at home because your friends are living right next door. So whether that's 2:00 AM concerts on the lawn or just studying with your friends, it just is different than living at home.

Jon:
So probably the people who have clicked on this to listen to it are people who are planning to be here. So can you tell us a little bit about what are a few things that they need to think about? So tell us about number one. What's the first thing that they should do or know to make living on campus great?

Charity:
Yeah. Talk to your roommate before showing up. I know that it's a little bit awkward to send the email or send the text, but it's worth it. I always tell students that I Facebook stalked my roommate before I showed up to college. Instagram was not a thing at the time. But I was so freaked out because of the photos I saw. And I got there and was like, "I need a new roommate." I was that person who showed up on campus and was like, "I need a new roommate," instantly. But I was told that I needed to try it for three weeks. And Olivia and I are still really, really great friends. And so talk to them, give it a try. Even if you Facebook stalked them and you see weird things, just try it.

Jon:
So talk to your roommate, get to know them, give it a little bit of a chance. What's the next thing?

Charity:
Bring some things.

Jon:
Bring stuff.

Charity:
Yeah. Shower shoes is something that students forget. But you're all showering in the same shower. And they do get cleaned every day. But it's just different than going home and showering with just your two siblings. So shower shoes.

Jon:
So some little like two dollar flip flops from Walmart, something like that?

Charity:
Yeah.

Jon:
Nothing fancy.

Charity:
99 cents are fine. Also, bring laundry soap. You no longer have your other people to do your laundry for you. Some people have been doing it since they were 12. If you are like me, you did not do it until you went to college. Nobody wants an endless pile of dirty clothes in their room, especially when you have a roommate. So bring laundry soap. If you forget it, go to your RA, they have some for you stocked up for the first couple weeks.

Jon:
What other stuff to bring?

Charity:
Pictures of your family and friends. College is different. But you want those pictures around you to remind you of them. You're not completely dislocated. We want your room to feel like it's your home. So yeah, don't let your residence hall look like a cell, or as some people would say, a dorm. So put some of your pictures up that feel like you.

Jon:
So we have shower shoes, laundry soap, pictures. Anything else that might be key? I mean obviously, people are going to bring clothes, other stuff. But anything else they want to remember?

Charity: 
Yeah. I mean, sheets, which sounds like common sense, but we have extra long twin beds. So you need to bring extra long twin sheets. Regular sheets will not fit.

Jon:
So where can I get extra long twin sheets?

Charity:
Anywhere. Target. Walmart.

Jon:
So they just have to be labeled extra long?

Charity:
Yeah, yep.

Jon:
Okay, so we know that we need to talk to our roommate. We need to bring stuff like shower shoes, laundry soap, pictures, sheets. What else?

Charity:
t the beginning of the year, there will be a lot of programming. And then slowly throughout the year, your RA will just do programming with your hall. Go to your hall's programming. And keep your door open. That's how you get to know one another on your hall. So you can bounce in out of your friend's rooms, or someone can bounce into your room. You can have a pizza night or go bowling. But if you shut your door and just sit in your room, you're going to miss out on some of those experiences. So challenge yourself and keep your door open.

Jon:
And I'd add to that, those first few weeks, for some people it's awesome and they just jump right in and everything is amazing. For others, depending on how we're wired, that can be tough because you feel like, "I don't know anyone." Here's the deal. Everyone is in the same place for those first few weeks. So that's the time to form those connections. That's the time to get out there and know people. Because everyone's meeting everyone. So take that opportunity to maybe just go to stuff if you wouldn't normally go to those things. Just show up, because everyone is looking to get to know each other. So that is a great time to connect. So what else? What's number four for you?

Charity:
Remember that we're a dry campus. So there are no drugs or alcohol or weapons allowed on campus. And there's not much else to say about that, but just keep that in mind when you're moving in.

Jon:
Yeah, it's also great if you really want to go the extra mile in this, our student handbook is online (The Squire can be found here). This is the Dean of Students saying this, but you can look at the expectations and what to expect. And most of it should probably be common sense and pretty obvious. But you are signing as you register saying that you've read that and agreed to abide by it. So just know that with policies and everything else, it's just great to know what's expected. All right, so we have talking to your roommate, things you should bring, going to programming, remembering we're a dry campus. What is the last thing that you would suggest, at least in this moment, for students to think about.

Charity:

We have RAs and campus safety on call at all times. So use them. We want you to feel safe. We want you to feel supported and connected. And so if you need them, call them. You are safe on campus. And we know that, but we want you to feel that.

Jon:

Well thank you, Charity, for helping us think together about how to prepare, just like the other videos have said, just like hopefully the information you've seen, we really do believe that Warner Pacific is an amazing place to study, to build lifelong friendships, and really to prepare for what's next. And so as the video said, college is different. Even if you're transferring from somewhere else, this place will be different than that. But we also believe that's good. There are a lot of new experiences, a lot of great opportunities. And so we look forward to seeing you and we look forward to seeing you at Welcome Weekend. So come, say hi, and we'll see you then.

Charity:
See ya!