BY ALEXANDER MARGAVIO
For a lot of young people, college or university is the ‘next big step in life’. Part of that step often includes moving away from home for the first time. This leads to a lot of first-year students feeling homesick, which can affect their overall morale and even how effective they are at their schoolwork.
To help combat this, Sheridan Residence staff are hosting almost daily events that change monthly, with themes changing based on corresponding holidays, for students living on campus, in hopes of helping people to come out of their shells and make new friends.
“Most of these events have a huge turnout, which helps build a community around residence. Putting strangers in teams with each other is a good way to build new friendships, and I saw a lot of friendship groups come together when [resident students] go to events. Some friends are even roommates now as returning students,” says John Marien, a Residence adviser who has helped host a lot of these events.
It seems like the hard work of the residence staff has paid off, as Marien’s claim about “huge turnouts” was proven true as most recently as last Sunday, where a horde of resident students splashed and coated each other with paint-filled water balloons in front of Residence 2 for “True Colours” event.
“Even though I’m lucky enough to be roommates with my best friend, some events I went to have really helped me meet new people, and a lot of them are just plain fun,” said Ryan Beckham, a first-year student, whose shirt was splotched in rainbow colours.
If any residents at Trafalgar Campus are worried about not being able to attend these events, don’t worry. For those curious about these events, some of the ones happening on Trafalgar Campus both this week and the next include the “Forest Walk” with adviser Blake on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., which is a group hiking activity, Swimming with adviser Nikki on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., and “Guess Who popcorn” with adviser Thomas on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. More events and information can be found by visiting the Residence 1 front desk.