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Making the Most of Your College Experience | Valparaiso University

Moving into Brandt Hall my freshman year when I had only stepped on Valpo campus a handful of times was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences ever. I had packed as much of my life as I could into my mom’s Lincoln Navigator, and had my fingers crossed as I began to embark on a new journey in my life.

When I look back at my first year living on this campus, I only have the most positive feelings, and I owe that to a multitude of reasons. But, having open communication with my roommate was the key to a successful living experience. It can be scary to think about living with a complete stranger for your first time living away from home. Fortunately, my roommate and I created a safe environment where we were able to have beneficial conversations when things bothered us or if we had concerns about the living situation.

Another key to a successful college living experience is to get involved not only on campus, but even in your residence hall. As a resident in Brandt, I attended as many RA programs as I could and would often study or watch movies in lounges to spend time with people in my building. This gave me the opportunity to not only grow close with my RAs and see them as a trusted, valuable resource as a first-year, but it also allowed me to meet so many people that I am proud to say are some of my best friends still to this day.

Lauren Bartlett


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