Every year, each Residence Hall on campus has events hosted and created by their building’s Resident Assistants.
Events from last year consisted of personality tests, making vision boards and trust challenges. There are even holiday-centered activities throughout the year such as watching Christmas movies, studying at a local cafe or painting pumpkins.
Flyers advertising these programs are posted in the stairwells, lobbies, common areas and window sills.
The events are a great way to get to know the people who live in your dorm. The beginning of the year is such an important time to get to know the people that live around you, and it is especially vital for freshmen to get out there to meet people that they will be spending the next four years with. Gamble Hall, for example, had many programs this month set in place to aid in connecting the new students.
Seth Green, sophomore RA in Gamble Hall, hosted an event called “Kahoot! with Pie” on September 12 at 8 p.m. The ‘Kahoot!’ quiz had questions about the resources that Maryville College has to offer on campus and life skills that freshmen should know, such as how to jump a car, what not to put in the microwave and how to shave.
Green said, “I took this position because I wanted to get to know the freshman, bond with them, and bond with the other RA’s. I hope to show the freshman just how cool, and fun, Maryville College is.”
Another event was hosted on September 19 at 8 p.m. by sophomore RA, Gabe Neubert. Neubert taught the freshmen on his floor how to properly shave. Sophomore RA, Song Jones, made puppets on September 15 at 7 p.m. with her floormates, and a campus-wide scavenger hunt was held by junior RA Mackenzie Wright. The RAs all work very hard to organize these events.
Living in a building with people that you are not familiar with you can be scary, and it is a lot easier to ask to borrow your neighbors’ broom if you know them a little better. Next time you see a flyer about a residence hall event, consider going. It is a great way to connect with peers and make lasting relationships.