Sunday, December 15, 2019

College life checklist helps 'Runners prepare for the new school year

(Aug. 21, 2019) -- New to college life?  Here are some tips and helpful resources to guide you so you can navigate the journey successfully!

Residence Hall Musts

  • Under-bed storage
  • Hanging shoe organizer
  • Style station organizer (trendy and helps your study space stay organized)
  • Noticeboard (for notes to your roommate and reminders for yourself)
  • Huggable hangers (the thin design can maximizing closet space)
  • Storage ottoman (can be a seat, foot rest and great for storage)
  • Portable charger (Keep your phone charged when you’re on the go around campus)
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Laptop stand
  • Clorox wipes or Lysol spray…staying healthy is important
  • Rowdy gear in your closet to show off your Roadrunner pride
  • Orange and blue décor to solidify your allegiance to UTSA
  • Comfy shoes to wear when trekking from Alvarez Hall to the AET
  • Fire drill friendly pajamas

Rules of Roommate Etiquette

  • Set guidelines upfront
  • Respect your roommate and his or her belongings and space
  • Organize your schedules
  • Ask before borrowing
  • Keep the room clean
  • Turn the music down
  • Ask permission to have friends over
  • Address problems quickly. Talk it out

Your Collegiate Best Friends

  • Patience…with fellow students
  • Determination…to succeed with good study habits
  • Diligence…to work hard in class, on campus, and, if necessary for your finances
  • Rest…a good night’s sleep is imperative for college success
  • Smiles…enjoy this time of life, it goes by quickly
  • Focus…you are here to ultimately discover your career and your passion

Campus Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • When walking, plan the safest, most well lit and direct route. Go in groups when possible.
  • Walk like you know where you’re going
  • If you feel like you’re being followed, cross the street or change directions and go to a busy, well lit area.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Do not walk away from the campus in the dark alone. Again, it is always best to walk in groups.
  • UTSA Police
  • UTSA Emergency Response Guide
  • Silent Witness: Make an anonymous report
  • Report behavioral concerns
  • Numbers to keep handy
    • Emergency
      • 210-458-4911 (UTSA Police)
    • Non-emergency
      • 210-458-4242 (UTSA Police)
    • Request a police escort
      • 210-458-4242
    • Campus closure/weather closures
      • 210-458-7669 (SNOW)
    • Ask a Nurse
      • 210-458-3000
    • Student Health Services
      • 210-458-4142
    • Suicide Hotline
      • 1-800-273-8255
    • Poison Control
      • 1-800-222-1222

 Stay Connected

Courtney Clevenger


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