Johnna Wiens (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

May is here, bringing the pressures of final projects, papers and exams and eventually, the joyous moment when it’s all over and there is finally time to breathe. Amid the stress and scurrying of the next few weeks, let’s all take a moment to reflect upon the diverse lessons we have collectively learned from our stay in the Student Residence. 

Independence – If you feel that living in the Student Residence has increased your confidence in your ability to live independently, you are not alone.  Over the past few years, student residents have consistently ranked improvements in independence among their top outcomes of living in the Residence.  As young pre-professionals, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to develop this independence as students, among our supportive Student Residence family.

Patience – Whether it be a scuffle with a roommate or a long line at the hall cafeteria, opportunities to practice being patient abound.  Be thankful for this skill: I bet it is one that will come in handy for the rest of your life.

Organisation and Self-motivation – There is nothing like that first missed deadline or that first sleepless night of cramming for an exam you put off studying for to make you appreciate the joys of staying organised and on schedule. Right now, we may curse the fact that we became that ‘responsible’ student we promised ourselves we never would, but I venture to guess that as soon as we enter the post-university working world, we will appreciate this valuable skill.

Conflict resolution – You know what I mean: talking to that floormate who you are just sure is “borrowing” your eggs, creating an agreeable sleep schedule with your night owl roommate, deciding whose turn it is to supply toilet paper for the bathroom; whatever the case, we have all had a chance to practice handling tough situations.  Whatever the outcome of those conflicts, try to view them as positive moments in which you learned something about yourself and your own conflict management style.  

As we look back on these lessons learned, let’s also not forget to be truly appreciative of the people and situations that have sparked these growths within us.  From a trying bathmate to our caring security guards, we would not be where we are without them.  It is usually easier to look at situations with a negative mind-set (such as a complaint that feels unheard), but when we look at these situations open-mindedly, we might find that something truly positive arose from them (such as patience, understanding and the valuable realisation that things won’t always go our way).

From now through 18 May 2011, the Student Residence Office is collecting residents’ feedback on their hall experience via an online survey.  Residents’ input is taken very seriously and is used to enhance the policies and programmes that aim to strike the optimum balance between a satisfying atmosphere for nearly 3,000 diverse residents and a safe and functional environment for all.  This survey will take only 20 minutes to complete, but will serve an integral role in the future development of the Student Residence.

ResLink Issue No.35
May 2011