Life in the residence halls for Non-Traditional Students can be a big change and an opportunity for growth, when one has been used to living independently. A residence hall has its own culture. Here are some pieces of advice:
- Make lasting friendships and experience cross-cultural exchange.
- Develop patience, understanding and self-control.
- Practice positivity and develop character on your journey to earning a degree.
- Share your cultural or non traditional perspective through student activism, such as hosting events, or starting initiatives to improve residence hall life.
- View residence hall life as an education in world culture, and the chance to meet people from 50 to 60 other nations besides America.
- Remember the on-campus lifestyle is protective and sheltering. It is a once in a lifetime chance to study without the distractions of securing life provisions for oneself.
As a Non Traditional student you probably have lived independently. Here are some ways to experience independence while living in the residence hall:
- Frost Cottage is like a comforting home away from home. Non Traditional students can cook for themselves or make tea or coffee, build community, and study in a peaceful and productive environment.
- The Ecovillage offers a Thursday luncheon during the Fall and Spring for all Non-Traditional students, offering an alternative to the Dining Hall, and a chance to catch up.
- The Non Traditional Student Association offer regular Non Traditional events.
Sometimes conflicts arise while living in a residence hall, here are some ways to approach conflicts:
- Start by trying to talk it out with your roommate.
- Attempt to establish boundaries and guidelines that both of you can agree upon.
- If the problems continue request peer mediation with the Resident Attendants (RA).
- If that fails, approach the Residential Life Office with questions about how you might change your roommate.
- Keep trying to improve your experience. This is your education and you have the right for it to be positive.
Sometimes culture shock, peer conflict, and academic pressure can be emotionally challenging and potentially detrimental to your education.
- That is why Berea College provides Counseling Services. There is no shame in needing to talk some problems out with a counselor who can help you find solutions.
If you have a severe dietary restriction that is pre-existing and medically proven, be aware that the Dining Services might not be able to provide the exact diet you require.
- Begin making inquiry about your options once you know you are accepted. Advocate for yourself before you get to Berea, to avoid adding strain on your health in addition to your busy schedule.
- You will need to supply medical proof for a dietary restriction that would require you to receive a grocery stipend, instead of the meal plan.
- Be aware, this grocery stipend is rarely provided and is based on validated, medical circumstances.
For any other questions about living in the residence hall, visit the Residential Life Collegium.