Hugunin Hall had their first hall council Monday the 18th at 8p.m. I told many of my residents about it and what it was all about. I was happily surprised when at least 6 or 7 girls from my wing came! I explained how I think it’s important to go to hall council to be involved and also know what’s going on in your building and on campus. It’s only about an hour every other Monday night, so it’s manageable. The girls that came said they enjoyed it and would definitely go again!
These are paint sample sheets I got from Farm and Fleet and little clothespins I found. This is taped outside every residents door so they can let me and their friends know if they’re around, where they went, or when they’ll be back. I only filled out a few spots for them to let them fill out their own uniquely. It also lets everyone know what they enjoy doing by what they write on their slip. I filled mine out as an example and is outside my door as well. My RA did this last year and I found it very helpful because I knew where my RA was, if my wing mates were around, or if they were napping and didn’t want to be disturbed and so on. I had a few residents tell me how excited they were about these and how they’ve always wanted to do this.
A few of my residents and I went to Bridgeway for dinner last night. We expected the usual Bridgeway feast, but were pleasantly surprised. Right away the sushi table caught my eye. For International Education week they made sushi and promoted studying abroad. They had pamphlets on studying aboard in places like Japan and Fiji. The sushi was delicious and got us thinking and discussing studying abroad and expanding our horizons. We also learned a little more about the culture. I really hope they do something like this again because it wasn’t just sushi for dinner, it got most people thinking about studying abroad and different cultures.
Sunday night of Welcome Weekend was the traditional ball drop. The ball drop is a bunch of light up bouncy balls being dropped from the top of a fire truck. Then Glowcampus officially began! Glocampus was our concert. It was a dance outside with a DJ and lights of glow in the dark paint and glow-sticks. All of Welcome Weekend, meeting new people and learning about the clubs and organizations helped mold residents identity development.
We had our mandatory residence hall meeting where we played a name game to get familiar with our wing. Then we went to playfair and played games with most of the freshman here at UW Platteville. It’s a great way to get to know other people and realize that there’s a bunch of new people to this college and you’re not alone. Bridgefest was the next day which had tons of great clubs and organizations giving out information and making the new students feel welcome.
I was shocked to continuously hear people say, “there’s nothing to do in Platteville.” I made this bulletin board for first year students and other students who aren’t sure about all the opportunities to take advantage of here in Platteville. I made a list of things to do on and off campus and hung up flyers and coupons to go along with the list. I hope this gets students out and about and away from Netflix for a weekend.
Hugunin’s welcome back theme was safari, so I created a safari bulletin board. I put snakes around the outside and wrote College Is An Adventure in the middle. If you flip up the colorful leaves, you can see I wrote tips to help new students adjust to college. I wrote things like respect your roommate and everyone else, go to class and events, turn off lights when you leave, talk to your RA, lock your door when you leave, have a walking buddy at night, get your work done on time, and so on. I thought this was a fun interactive bulletin board with useful tips to this whole new adventure!
After the freshman/first year students moved into their rooms, Welcome Weekend began! I started the evening off with inviting everyone to our first wing dinner. A handful of people came and we got to know one another fairly well. This gave some names and familiar faces before starting Welcome Weekend.
This was one of my opening bulletin boards to give my residents a little idea of who their RA is. I included pictures so they would be familiar with my face and some of my family and friends. The captions explain who is in the pictures with me and some of my favorite things. Some residents asked me about things I wrote or found that we had some things in common which gave us even more things to talk about.