9 Things Every Boarding Student Should Know

9 Things Every Boarding Student Should Know

This entry brings some wisdom from our dorm staff! As I read over these items, I reflected on the fact that some of them are great pieces of advice for anyone. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of soda…or something…and settle into your favorite chair. Relax, read, reflect, and relish! (I was trying for the alliteration on that one…maybe I should have stuck to “enjoy.”)

1. Boarding means all your friends are just next door or down the hall—this is going to be fun!
2. Start getting ready for bed 15 minutes before lights out. That gives you time to settle down a little and you’ll get to sleep a bit faster. 
3. Just staying in your room is not boarding, it’s boring! Get involved in campus life—sports, clubs, JROTC, band, chorus, drama, community service, etc. It all not only looks great on a college resume, it makes your days more fun as well. 
4. Know how to keep your room clean, or be prepared to learn.  Mom and Dad aren’t going to be picking up after you. You are responsible for your belongings.  That means not only keeping them neat and clean, but keeping track of them as well!
5. Hygiene is important.  If you don't shower or take care of yourself, you will have a difficult time with your roommate, suitemates, and people in general.  
6. Listen to directions.  Follow the rules. We do not make rules to make your life miserable; there is a reason behind every rule. They help the whole community.
7. Do not gossip and DO stay out of other people's business.  Talking about others will only cause drama.
8. Know how to live with others—meaning, be courteous to your roommate and others. To receive respect from others, you have to be respectful. Respect is earned not given.  
9. Do not try to impress others.  Be yourself!

 

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