RIT’s Alumni House

We pour so much time into applying for colleges, applying for all the right programs, reaching out to all the right people. After we get to school, we make sure that we do everything in order to get the most of the school we picked. But what about when we leave the the classrooms, labs, and lecture halls? What value can staying connected to the alumni networks really have?

So here are some of our top reasons as to why you should definitely stay connected to RIT, even after you graduate:

Further educational research

Universities are some of your best connections to stay up-to-date with current research in your field. With RIT, you can have the opportunity to take various research and educational trips, designed specific for the alumni. With destinations such as the upcoming trip to the Galapagos, there is sure to be a trip that interests you and works to advance your professional goals.

Alumni personal interest events/regional events

Arguably, one of the most valuable things you will gain in your time at school, are connections. The importance of building a strong network cannot be undermined. LinkedIn researchers claim that a single connection can be as valuable as 50 sent resumes when you are in the midst of job search.

The RIT alumni network has regional and even international chapters that often organize social and networking events.

Whether you have been dying to try the newest restaurant in town or you’re up for a great night of bowling, these events can be a prime opportunity to forge personal and professional connections. The gatherings can be useful for new graduates moving to a completely new area or those simply looking for fellow graduates.

Access to campus resources

Although you might think that after you walk the stage and get your diploma, your days on RIT’s campus are truly over, think again. As an alumni of our school, you can enjoy access to resources such as the research databases and even the recreation facilities.

In fact, the newest addition to our campus is the RIT Alumni House – the first alumni-centric facility on campus designed to meet several community needs. It’s a one-story welcome center that includes intimate spaces for professional development opportunities, class reunions, milestone life or family events like weddings, industry meetings, and mentoring for students. It is an RIT community project funded fully by RIT alumni and friends. Anticipated opening? Summer 2018! The house is built to be a first point of connection for returning alumni, as our campus is constantly changing and evolving and when you come back in 10 years it might look completely different.  

In addition, our school’s alumni have access to Career Services as a resource for life! So when you are out in the workforce and looking to switch career paths or simply looking to update your resume, this will be an invaluable resource to you.

Discounts!

Believe it or not, college students aren’t the only ones who love discounts, and although once you graduate, your student ID might not give you all the great perks in stores that it does today, that doesn’t mean all is lost! RIT alumni not only have access to special insurance rates but they can apply for a my Better Benefits card that offers a variety of discounts on hotels, automobile rental, travel, theatre, museums, amusement parks, just to name a few.

To find out more about all the resources available to you when you graduate, check out the RIT Alumni Relations website.

What’s the Deal with Handwriting?

You walk into a new lecture class for the semester. You take out your laptop, open up a brand new Google Doc and you get ready to take notes. Then the professor walks in and tells everyone to put their devices away – in this class all notes have to be handwritten. Yes, it sucks, and we’ve all been there. But are there any actual benefits to handwriting?

In honor of National Handwriting Day we decided to look at two of the most common areas in which college students might be debating whether to use paper or electronics: note-taking and to-do lists, and see whether there is any merit in keeping it “old school” with pen and paper.

Note-taking

Let’s talk about notes first. There are a plethora of studies on the internet about how handwritten (or longhand) notes help students retain more information. In fact, a study of 300 students at Princeton and UCLA suggested that the group of students who took longhand notes, as opposed to those who took notes on their laptops, were better able to answer questions about the lecture. Why, you ask?

The researchers claim that the students who worked on paper scored higher because they were forced to rephrase the information they heard, which required them to undergo a preliminary process of summarizing and comprehension of the material. This put them a step ahead of those who worked on their laptops, as most of them wrote a literal transcript of the lecture.

“But typing is just so much faster.”

Yes, yes, we know – and often students are worried that by handwriting their notes in class, they won’t be able to get down all the information they need (particularly if the professor goes very fast) or that their notes won’t be legible (and then you will have to ask that guy sitting next to you in your lecture for his notes and it will be all awkward because he will think you’re trying to ask him out and it won’t be cute like the movies). Well instead, maybe try to take handwritten notes of your typed notes when you are reviewing, which could illustrate the power and effectiveness of engaging with the material in more than one way.

To-do lists

And what about the beloved to-do list? As college students, we are all too familiar with the seemingly never-ending to-do list. But writing your tasks down can actually make it easier on your memory – rather than thinking about remembering to do something – you can just focus on the task at hand.

It has been found that the act of planning and writing things down makes you turn your thoughts into much more achievable tasks and once you write them down, you’re that much more likely to do them. In fact, numerous studies that show that people who write down their goals and to-dos are almost a third more likely to actually do them than people who do not.

Additionally, writing your to-do lists can allow you to better fill gaps in your time. Sometimes, when you have just finished a task, you might think “Ok, I’m done for now,” and you proceed to log onto Netflix because you don’t know what the next thing you should do is. But – if you have a running list going, you can always reference it and look at what still needs to be done.

But so what? We often find ourselves in situations where it’s just not convenient to carry around another notebook. Yet, indisputably, the very act of writing things down with our hands has been shown to increase retention and comprehension because when we hand write, we engage so many other parts of our brain than when we simply press a button on a keyboard. Additionally, because handwriting for most people is inherently slower, it can be especially useful when you are goal setting, brainstorming, or engaged in the retrieval phase of studying, i.e. when you are trying to remember everything that was said in class when studying for an upcoming exam. All these tasks require more time and greater deliberation.

However, we can’t deny the fact that typed lists and notes can give you more flexibility in terms of deleting, organizing, and searching for exactly what you need. On the other hand, handwriting can give you more flexibility when you create spreads such as mind maps.

Clearly, there is no perfect answer. Maybe the solution lies with new technology that focuses on touch screens and styluses? The tradition of handwriting is not dead just yet.

So let us know – are you a loyal supporter of the fail-safe pen and paper or an advocate for the endless possibilities of e-ink? If you’re looking to venture into the realm of handwriting, check out the RIT bookstore or Shop One for some beautiful notebooks!

 

Embracing Winter: Winter Activities to Check Out Around ROC

Winter is upon us. Whether you’re a Rochester native, sitting around knowing it’s only going to get colder and snowier, or whether this is your first time seeing snow, the winter can be a time where going outside feels like the most daunting task in the world. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark – bleh – we get it, not exactly shorts and tshirt weather.

However, cabin fever can be a real thing, so if you’re feeling cooped up or you actually love being outside, winter snow sports and activities are your answer. Rather than trying to hide away from the winter (it’s not going anywhere anytime soon) – embrace it. What better way to do so, than to take advantage of the cold and snow and participate in activities that require those conditions.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is probably your quintessential winter sport, the first thing that comes to your mind. It’s a great option for most people because even if you have never ice skated before, it’s not too expensive to try and you can usually figure it out before too long.

Your easiest option, if you don’t want to leave campus, is our very own Frank Ritter Ice Arena. You can visit their website for public skate hours as they change weekly. If you decide to go – the arena is only $2 for students and $3 for rental if you need them – what a steal! Make sure you also keep your eyes peeled because they sometimes offer free skate during the year. If, however, you are feeling more adventurous, you can go downtown to skate at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park outdoor ice rink. It’s located in the East End District of Downtown Rochester and adjacent to the Strong Museum. You can get there by bus 24 that runs from RIT, so you can get there even if you don’t have a car. An ice skating pass is $5 and skate rental is only $3, so the trip won’t break your bank and it’s a great opportunity to get to know the city better. Bonus points if you get to ice skate while it’s snowing outside – it really starts to then look like a scene straight out of a Hallmark movie. The park also does special events like free skate on NYE with live music.

Snow Tubing

Finding this activity was such a great surprise! Glacier Ridge Sports Park in Spencerport offers Glacier Hill Snow Tubing. It’s only about 20 minutes away from RIT and you can get 1 hour passes starting at $12. The hill is open mostly on the weekends only, but it seems like a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon with some friends, gliding down snow-covered hills. It’s also a great option if you’re not feeling particularly sporty that day but still want to experience some great winter snow fun. You can visit their website to book your adventure.

Downhill Skiing

This list would not be complete if we didn’t mention skiing. Would winter even be complete without skiing? Whether you’re a seasoned skiier or you’re just looking to dip your toes in for the first time, Bristol Mountain is probably your best bet for skiing close to Rochester. It is only about a 50 minute drive from RIT. They currently even have a Friends & Family Night special where a group of 3 can ski or ride for $75 from 4pm-close on Saturday & Sunday nights ($25/person). That also includes discounted rentals and an advertised free 5pm lesson which is based on terrain and instructor availability – so while we cannot vouch that they are always available, it still seems like a very good deal. 

Cross Country Skiing

If the thought of downhill skiing terrifies you or if you’re simply looking for a more low-key outing, you could consider cross country skiing. It’s way less intimidating and the boots are way more comfortable. Cross country skiing is also a lot easier and faster to pick up. This sport can be tricky, however, because not all places have ski rentals.

Mendon Pond trails are highly regarded because they get groomed for the Pittsford-Mendon high school team. However, they don’t provide any rentals. The Genesee Country Village & Museum also has cross country skiing on Sunday afternoons and although they encourage to bring one’s own equipment, they usually have some on hand. For a full list of places to cross country ski in ROC visit this website.

Winter Running

Winter is often the time when even those of us who love to run tend to fall off the bandwagon because it’s just so cold and dark. On top of it, the gym is stuffy; there are numerous excuses. So if you’re looking for some mid-winter running motivation, you should check out Yellow Jacket Racking. This year, they have organized the Snow Cheap Winter Trail Series, a series of short mid-week races that happen through January and beginning of February. Each trail race is 2-4 miles each,  and locations alternate between Seneca and Webster Park. The races occur in the dark (headlamp required), snow or no snow, so come prepared. You can sign up for all the races at once or just a few individual ones on their website.

Mendon Ponds Winterfest

Now if the thought of winter sports just makes you shudder and you can’t think of anything worse than winter running, fear not – we have an activity for you too! On January 14th, Mendon Ponds Park is holding their annual Mendon Ponds Winterfest. The event is FREE – always great for college students and you can go to learn about and try out winter activities such as ice fishing, snowshoeing and ice boating. You can always just go for the nice winter walk too.

Those are our recommendations for winter activities – have you visited any of these places? What are your favorite winter activities? Let us know in the comments on our Facebook page! 

Prepping for finals season

The F word. No, probably not what you’re thinking. Finals. Yes, it’s true. The most dreaded time of the year, for college studentsat least, is finally upon us. And whether you’re refusing to leave bed in denial of what is to come, or you have already made color-coded flash cards for all your exams, we can all use a few extra helpful tips to make finals season that slightly bit less painful and we can feel more ready when those blue booklets land on our desks.

Make a game plan

Sometimes the sheer fact that our brains are so consumed by the endless to-do lists of the pre-finals season, it becomes hard to get down to work and actually start to prep. Therefore, before you even open that first textbook, take a look at all the subjects you need to review and how much time you have and create yourself a realistic timeline.

 Not only will this work to ensure you don’t forget about anything, but it will likely help to keep you on track as the simple act of giving our brains artificial deadlines, works to keep them working in line and on time that much more effectively. Additionally, this can help you prioritize the things that are most important and impactful on your final grades so that you don’t find yourself studying for 10 hours for a question that might be worth only 1% of your total grade. Also, if you find yourself at loss for time, this can be a great tool in understand where you need to consolidate your time and place your greatest focus.

Understand how you study best

If you google “exam study tips,” you will likely become overwhelmed by the plethora of advice for the absolute most effective way of studying. Things get dicey when so many different opinions and studies all claim to be the perfect solution. Rather than 
struggling through that one studying technique that you learned about from a friend couple years ago that you just can’t seem to get to work for you, try out a few tips and techniques you find and see which ones work best for you.

Each person is different and it’s no secret that we all learn in different ways. So rather than exerting unbelieve amounts of time and energy on techniques that don’t work for you, find the ones that you feel will help you achieve your studying goals.

We find that studying through associating new material with things we already know, creating mind maps and diagrams, and taking a mental break every so often works best for us – but as we said, don’t take our word for it – find out what works best for you. If you’re stuck for ideas, be sure to visit the Academic Support Center on RIT’s campus to find the help and resources you need.

Music

Alright, so we’re well aware of the ongoing debate between no music versus music when it comes to studying. However, according to recent studies, author and researcher, Chris Bailey, who published a book entitled A Year of Productivity, concludes that we’re least distracted by listening to music that we know very well. Listening to familiar songs can actually work to block out external noise and can often allow us to focus on our current tasks much better than playing unknown tunes as then our brain will be distracted trying to listen and understand this new sound its processing.

Although this may not work for everyone, and definitely goes back to the find-what-works-for-you point, we couldn’t help but mention that sometimes, writing song lyrics to try to remember some course material can be a very effective and fun way of prepping for your exams.

Snack on brain food

Okay, so like, we know – with finals just around the corner, food is usually the last thing on our mind. It can be so tempting to just pick up some fast junk food to eat during your midnight study session or eat a tub of ice cream because you feel like you really deserve a treat after you reviewed those five chapters for your upcoming final.

What you put in your body will have a huge effect on your energy level and focus, so try to keep away from junk food. Don’t you want to give yourself at least that small advantage by keeping your body in its best shape in order to retain all the information you will be scarfing down? Try to keep around healthy snacks and choose foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurts, or even blueberries.

Remember to also take care of yourself on the actual exam day and eat a meal beforehand that has a slow release energy. The last thing you want is to be distracted during your final by the gnawing feeling of hunger and guilt you have from skipping breakfast.

So while this is in no way an exhaustive list of finals prep that will magically work to ensure you an A in every class, hopefully you can take at least something away from it to make this finals season just a little bit less stressful and a little bit more manageable. Good luck (bonus tip: don’t rely on luck – that is never a good studying or test taking strategy) and happy studying!

3 reasons why Shop One is cooler than you think

So if you have spent any time around RIT’s campus or ventured into Global Village, it’s likely that you have heard about or seen Shop One. Let’s be honest though, how many times have you just walked right past it thinking it’s probably not your type of store. Here are our top three reasons why Shop One is just so much cooler than you ever expected:

1. It’s the revival of the original Shop One, which began the Craft Movement.

So unless you are an art history aficionado, those words will mean very little to you and you might even be looking forward to reason number two of this list. But just wait – it’s actually a neat story.

Shop One, here on RIT’s campus, is actually a revival of the downtown Rochester Shop One which opened in 1953 as the first retail gallery outside of New York City that exclusively sold hand-made, one-of-a-kind pieces of craft and art. Alongside Manhattan’s America House, Shop One in Rochester was vital in starting the Craft Art Movement in America.

Today, we have the revival shop, right here on our campus. Now isn’t that just a cool living piece of history? It’s definitely not something most universities can brag about.

2. It’s not your typical retail gallery.

Walking into a museum gift shop, you often find huge areas labeled “local artist.” Try asking one of the store employees about the artist, and you’ll often hear that yes, indeed, this piece was made by a local artist. Try asking more. That question is usually met with awkward silence. Now this isn’t a point to harp on museum gift shops around the country as surely there are many very well educated employees, however, Shop One makes this a priority.

Wendy Marks, director of Shop One, says that what really sets RIT’s Shop One apart is their constant effort to “highlight RIT talent and familiarize people with the work and the artists.” The store currently has four student and one adult sales associate who can gladly answer any and all question about the work they sell. Additionally, as you can see in the photo below, all around the shop, you can find plaques that give you more information about the artist/designer and their work.

3. It’s focused on the RIT family and network.

As mentioned above, when you walk around Shop One, you will find many information plaques. If you stop to read them, you might be surprised to find out that most of the artists are RIT alums. In fact, about 90% of the products are made by RIT alumni from programs such as industrial design, fine art, and jewelry making (just to name a few). It’s such a great experience to go into the store and think “Wow, I didn’t know that was made by a former RIT student!” – it truly makes you see just how influential RIT graduates become in their respective industries.

In fact, Shop One continually assists in bridging the gap between student and alumni. Just this past month, Shop One set up a table featuring RIT Industrial Design alumni work sold at the store during the program’s annual Design Autopsy show in Bevier Gallery which featured the work on notable alumni.

Shop One also participates in the “Length of Service Program” which rewards significant anniversaries of tenured professors by allowing them to select certain goods from Shop One. Rather than a pen with their name printed on them or a plaque that will get shoved to the back of an office, RIT professors get to receive beautifully designed and crafted products that support the RIT alumni.

To find out more about Shop One, you can view their website here, or just stop by in person!

National Espresso Day

It’s getting colder outside. Exams are just around the corner. Staying under the covers with a great book or movie and a warm beverage sounds like just about the perfect escape from all the end-of-semester worries. And since this year Thanksgiving shared the date with National Espresso Day, we thought it would be the perfect time to scope out Rochester’s best coffee shops.

Using recommendations from our friends and Yelp reviewers, we set out to try third wave coffee shops in the surrounding area to see if any of them could be the perfect solution for keeping you warm, awake, and productive in the upcoming weeks. Here are our five top picks:

  1. Fuego Coffee Roasters

Coming in with the highest Yelp ratings, Fuego was a definite can’t miss location. Located in Downtown Rochester right off East Ave, Fuego has an interesting and unique vibe that mixes the lives of downtown corporate workers and the city’s Eastman School of Music students.

Fuego was started by high school sweethearts, and they continue to take pride in the fact that they put so much care in every step of the coffee roasting process – from finding the best coffee beans to using the best artisanal brewing techniques to achieve the best tasting cup of coffee. Upon walking into the cafe, you will feel at home as you can order straight at the bar, sit down and your coffee will be brought straight to you. In our top five, Fuego was the only coffee shop with the unique aspect that you paid at the end of your visit.

It was easily to tell that Fuego is obviously very involved in its neighborhood as there was a wide array of flyers about upcoming shows, events and even ones announcing that Rochester’s own Petit Poutine truck would be stopping by the following Wednesday.

For their smooth and sweet espresso, Fuego earns a spot on our list, however – due to it’s distance away from RIT and longer wait times than the other coffee shops we visited, it doesn’t quite earn the top marks.

  1. Java’s

We couldn’t make a round-up list of the best coffee shops in town without including Java’s, right here on campus. Not only is their espresso delicious but they use some of the best milk – from Rochester’s Pittsford Dairy and their pastries are baked locally in their bakeshop. Now, that might not sounds all too unusual for a third wave coffee shop, but having it right in the heart of our campus is truly a privilege.

As far as finding the perfect balance between school work and a coffee date, or grabbing a quick coffee on the way to class and sitting down for a long study session, Java’s has got it figured out, even down to details such as separating the cafe area and bar which allows you to not be distracted by every new customer as they walk in.

Java’s also boasts the largest and most diverse drink menu out of all the coffee shops we visited. If you have yet to visit this campus gem, make sure you stop by soon (you can even pay with Tiger Bucks at the RIT location) especially if you’re feeling in a rut as the walls are lined with all kinds of great artwork to inspire you.

  1. Boxcar

Boxcar prides itself in it’s great coffee and a love for fried things. If that isn’t enough to have you getting straight into your car and driving over, then how about the fact that with it’s beautifully decorated donuts, latte art, and industrial chic, white brick interior, it’s utter #instagoals?

In its location right next to the Rochester Public Market, Boxcar is the perfect destination for a brunch date or refreshments after a morning at the market. Their espresso has a much bolder taste than the other ones we tried, but it pairs quite well with one of their artisan donuts or southern-inspired chicken and waffles on a stick. It’s definitely a place you could take a friend who doesn’t like coffee as they have so many other things to choose from.

The modern industrial chic interior of Boxcar has a surprisingly light and airy feel to it and it’s the perfect place to brunch and people watch.

While you definitely could go there to do some work, it has more of a feeling of a restaurant cafe, so it wouldn’t be our first choice for exam studying – but still a great place to go if you need a coffee and great food break or if you’re in dire need of a new Instagram photo after your feed has been dead since that one time you posted at the beginning of this semester.

  1. Ugly Duck Coffee

When we were doing our research for this coffee shop round up, Ugly Duck immediately jumped on our radar when we found out that their hashtag is #getugly. How could we not check it out?!

Ugly Duck Coffee actually started as a multi-roaster pop-up espresso bar around the city of Rochester and after a year, they finally settled down in Rochester’s East End. Right when you walk in, you can immediately tell that they take their coffee very seriously.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room, Ugly Duck does not have free wi-fi for the customers. *gasp* Why is it so high on the list then, you ask? The simple answer is that their coffee is just that good.

One of the Ugly Duck barista’s won the title of ROC’s favorite barista and we can clearly see why. After walking in, the barista promptly asked us if we needed any assistance. Pleasantly taken slightly off guard, we asked them for their recommendation, which ended in us trying The Snug  (espresso, maple syrup, Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters, steamed milk). It was by far the best espresso we had all day.

Ugly Duck’s commitment to their coffee, the peace-inducing greenery that fills the whole cafe and the fact that they have no upcharge for non-dairy milk brings them to number two on our list – truly a can’t miss location for any coffee aficionado or anyone else looking for an adventure.  

  1. Glen Edith Coffee Roasters

At top of our list is a coffee shop that we feel truly ticked every box in our expectations. Glen Edith offers coffee, Boxcar donuts (read above), lunch options, and a selection of local wine and beer.

As a third wave coffee shop it, Glen Edith seeks out direct trade (farmer to roaster) relationships to ensure the farmers are paid fair wages which then correlates with a higher quality product. Additionally, all their coffee is roasted in Rochester.

So even though you can tell they take their coffee very seriously, the environment makes it feel very inviting and not at all intimidating, like some coffee shops can seem at first glance.

On the walls, you can find beautifully hand-drawn chalk signs that clearly articulate all the differences between a latte, cappuccino, and cortado to make sure anyone can understand what they’re ordering without feeling too intimidated to ask.

The cafe is filled with people from all walks of life – mothers with kids in strollers, young professionals hustling, and friends meeting each other for their weekly catch up – everything about it makes you feel like it’s THE neighborhood hang out spot. What tops it all off is it’s great location in the Park Avenue Neighborhood – you can get coffee then walk around the beautiful streets surrounding the cafe and pop into local craft stores or other restaurants.

So whether you’re looking to find a quaint spot to study, catch up with friends, or just have delicious coffee and food, Glen Edith Coffee is your go-to.

5 Tips for Dealing with your Roommate

So you’re living away at college now and you have this person living with you. Whether you grew up sharing a room with your siblings or you’re used to having your own room, if you’re like most people, this is the first time you have shared such close quarters with someone who is essentially a stranger. And whether you chose your roommate or had one assigned to you, you’re bound to encounter a roommate issue at some point. Here are our five best tips for managing life with your cohabitors.

  1. Express your needs and expectations.

If you live in on-campus housing then at the beginning of the semester you filled out a contract with your roommates about general expectations you had about your living arrangements. However, it’s important to remember that the contract shouldn’t remain that one thing you did at the beginning of the year that you now forgot about.

Your roommates can’t read your mind. Crazy, right? That means that if you need to study for a big midterm coming up, you shouldn’t expect your roommate to just know that you’re going to be needing quiet time in the room. They might think you’re studying in the library and invite a bunch of friends over. How were they supposed to know?

So as a good starting point, establish a good method of preventative communication. You can have a whiteboard with your schedule for the week, write in when you need time to study, assign chores, etc. Just don’t expect your roommate to be on the same page as you if you don’t lay it out for them.

  1. If conflict arises, first TALK to your roommate.

So you laid out all your expectations. You agreed to have the trash taken out every three days, and yet it’s been a week and now bottles are starting to spill out

of your roommate’s bin and your room is developing a weird smell. Even though it seems like the most obvious thing in the world, most people will really struggle with simply confronting their roommates about issues they may have. The good thing is, if you’ve established those ground rules (see point 1), then you bringing up that your roommate should take out the trash shouldn’t hit them out of left field.

However, even when the issues at hand are more severe than smelly trash and they may be things you never talked about before,

It’s important that you at least make some sort of effort to talk things over with your roommate. The RA’s at RIT are here to support you but they will also encourage you to try to sort out the issue yourself before involving a third party. Dealing with conflict is an important life skill to acquire, so why not start now?

  1. Visit the Ombuds office.

RIT has a plethora of resources available to its student body, one of them being the Ombuds office. If you’ve never heard of it, the Ombuds office provides students and

staff with a confidential, safe, and unbiased space for conflict resolution. You can bring to them any issue that you may be experiencing and they will listen, coach you through conflict resolution tactics, or provide you with any other relevant resources.

It’s important to remember that because the Ombuds office is 100% confidential, if you’re having a very serious conflict that the university needs to made aware of, visiting the Ombuds office does not count as filing a formal notice to the school.

For more information on the Ombuds office, you can visit their website.

  1. Your roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend.

A lot of people come into college expecting that their roommates are going to be their automatic, built-in best friends, or even yet, they choose to room with their best friends. However, it’s more important that you and your roommate have similar living habits (cleaning, sleeping) and as emphasized in the points above, that the two of you can communicate well.

The dynamics of close friendship can often get in the way of efficient communication, and also – as much as you love your best friend, you might not want to see them 24/7. If your roommate is not your best friend and yet you are able to share a space, you’re on a path to success. Everyone can use their own space and privacy and a place without judgement or clinginess.

  1. Contact your RA.

If you feel like you have tried everything and your conflicts with your roommates persist, your next avenue should be contacting your RA. They will often try to mediate your conflict and if you come to the conclusion that your living situation is not working, as a last resort , they will be able to get you in contact with resources in order to see if alternate housing is a possible option. Keep in mind that these change requests will eventually have to go through RIT Housing and will be honored based on availability of rooms.