Hi Pitzer first years and prospees! My name is Briana Perlson, coming from Brea, CA. I am majoring in Environmental Analysis and am going into my third year as a Resident Assistant! When you get to Pitzer, you will be entering a very exciting time in your life and at a very special place; we joke this is the Happiest Place on Earth! Living on campus is a unique opportunity to both be supported and live outside your comfort zone. Living with a roommate is a new adventure and chance to form immediate and lasting friendships. You will have a support system the moment you step onto campus! From your RA to your first year mentor to your Orientation Adventure leader, you will have so many students who are happy to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, and a friendly face.
College will push you in many ways, and there can be many ups and downs throughout. Especially in the beginning, it can be tough adjusting to living away from home, with a roommate, and navigating college level coursework, activities, etc. One of the ways to help make this adjustment easier is having good communication with your roommate. You should definitely contact your roommate ahead of time and try to get to know one another; figuring out things such as: Do you want a fridge in the room? or Should we loft our beds to fit a couch? Also, it may tempting to have your roommate’s facebook profile act as their first impression (we have all had those silly fb posts that make us seem a little nuts), but take the time to get to know them. You were matched for a reason, so that is why it is so important to be very open and honest on your housing forms. Hopefully you and your roommate will find that you two can help support each other in this exciting time of starting your Pitzer experience! Have a wonderful summer and see you so soon during Orientation Week!
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Posted by Briana Perlson ’16, Environmental Analysis