Hello to you all! I’m MaryMichelle Florian, 19 years old and just finishing up my first year here at MUN. I’m telling you now, you and I both made the right choice in moving into residence! Welcome! No matter what house or court you live in, it’s going to be what you make it. So why not do what I did, and make it the best year of your life thus far. I tried to take every opportunity residence offered me to get involved, meet new people, and learn a thing or two outside the classroom.
When I first came here, I knew only one person in my entire house, and that was much more than most other people. I knew about 5 people on the entire campus. However, within the first few hours of move-in day, I had gotten to know quite a few more. Here’s a tip: once you have everything in your room all unpacked and settled, go explore your house. If a door is open, walk in and say “hello”! Guaranteed you’re going to meet someone in the exact same situation as you. Something you’ve got to remember is, everyone around is just as nervous as you are. So be that person that says, “Hi, how are you? My name is …!” Even in Dining Hall, just plunk down beside anyone. Residence is where I’ve made most of my friends.
Another tip I’ve got for you is to not just limit yourself to being friends with your neighbours and housemates. Reach out to people in other houses; kindle friendships through activities, such as Orientation. Your first week involves a long list of activities planned specifically for all first year students, on and off campus. These activities will provide you with opportunities to meet however many people you want. If you take advantage of these, and keep in mind the open attitude, you’ll have no trouble at all finding people who fit your lifestyle.
One last tip I’d like you guys to keep in your back pockets is this: sign up for any emailing list you’re given the opportunity to. This means attending the Get Involved Fair in the University Centre in the first month. Once you’ve signed up for them, you’ll get emails once a week with lots of volunteer, employment, and general interest seminars information. By signing up for these, I’ve gotten involved with many, many, events such as LEAP!, Memorial Student Leadership Conference, and I Love MUNdays (you’ll come to know all of these events, but all have to do with becoming the leaders of tomorrow). If I had not signed up for the email lists, I would have never met an astronaut, or become a Volunteer Assistant with the Student Volunteer Bureau, and I feel I would have missed many other exciting things I’ve taken part in this year.
If you’re having no problem getting involved and making new friends, but you’re not feeling confident about your academics, residence can also help you with that. We provide access to free tutors, who are seniors in your house, so they have experience being in your situation, and can teach you how to study the great mysteries of science, how to correct your papers for picky profs, and how to get a handle on that crazy math problem that just doesn’t make sense. After all, we have to remember that the main reason you’re coming to this school is to eventually get a degree and start your adult life. All of your classes will be a 10 minute walk or less from Dining Hall, and 15 minutes or less from Burton’s Pond Apartments. Memorial campus is very condensed, but has so much to offer it’s incredible!
I hope you’ll enjoy your first year as much as I did. If you keep in mind my three tips, you’ll be well on your way to an amazing experience here at MUN. And don’t worry about Dining Hall food either, because with your tuition comes access to Memorial’s excellent gym facilities, with a large oval track, 2 giant gym floor spaces, 3 work out rooms, and awesome Aquarena swim times that involve waterslides, floaties, diving boards, and a tarzan rope! Memorial really is an amazing place to be, and you’re lucky enough to live here, so make the most of it!
Congratulations and welcome to Paton College! Your forthcoming year living in on-campus housing will sure to be one of the best experiences you will have. In not time you will make tons of new friends and create a family away from home!
I moved to residence almost five years ago, in that time I have been a first year, a senior and a staff member. I remember my first day moving into Paton College very well. I was both nervous and yet excited for this new chapter in my life. I moved into Bowater House, and I immediately felt welcomed. I was given a quick tour of the house and was introduced to so many people.
As a first year, I took part in many activities, such as Orientation, I Love MUNdays and Winter Carnival. There were also plenty of house events, such as bowling, rock-climbing, intramurals, trips to the Rooms and the Geocentre. My first year was a great experience, I was provided with multiple resources and learned valuable life lessons such as balancing school work with fun. As a senior, I was able to help first year students during their adjustment to living away from home, as I had experienced the year before.
After my third year in on-campus housing, I decided I was ready to embark on a new challenge. I applied to become a Resident Assistant, a position I held for nearly two years in Rothermere House. In each house there are a number of student staff positions. There is an Academic Assistant, four Resident Assistants, and executive and multiple house tutors. All of these people are here to help you anyway they can, whether it is academics, accesses to resources or just to chat if you feel lonely!
Becoming a Resident Assistant allowed me to increase my communication and team working skills and develop some great study and work habits. Any of these positions are available in your senior years and are a great experience that you should consider.
After five years, I have completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology at Memorial. I thoroughly enjoyed my duration in Paton College and I feel that my stay in on-campus housing has helped me become the person I am today. I truly hope all of you make the most of your time in Paton College, take part in the many experiences available and enjoy it as much as I have.