Blueprints for Student Success: What are the benefits of living in residence?

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Recently, the Supporting Student Success research team introduced you to the youth outreach website we are developing for high school students entitled, Blueprints for Student Success. The site will contain a blueprint or framework of the program and service areas that commonly exist on postsecondary campuses to support student success; what these program and service areas typically do; suitable questions students may ask upon visiting each area; and inventive initiatives and programs currently in place. In addition, the website will feature a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section, student experience videos and weekly news articles and feature pieces for high school students.

We invited you to help us develop the FAQ portion of the Blueprints for Student Success website by asking students with whom you connect (in person or virtually) to respond to a few important questions students often ask.

This week we ask are asking for your feedback with regard to the following question:

What are the benefits of living in residence?

Students can leave a comment below (supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com), tweet (@CdnStdntSuccess #BLUEPRINTSQ2) or post (https://www.facebook.com/SupportingStudentSuccess) their answers to one of our media channels.

Alternatively, you can collect student responses and post them as a group in the comment section below.

We sincerely appreciate your assistance!

~ Christine Helen Arnold, c.arnold@utoronto.ca (Youth Outreach Coordinator, Supporting Student Success research study)

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One thought on “Blueprints for Student Success: What are the benefits of living in residence?

  1. Drawing from my freshman experience, there are a litany of benefits to living on campus. To list just a few:

    1. Commuting
    You would be saving significant amounts of time you would be spend commuting to University. It is usually the case that you feel like a sardine in a can when you take public transit during rush hours, and it becomes a bit uncomfortable during the winter time.

    2. Friends
    Because you see your roommate (provided you’re not in a single room) and your floor mates everyday, it is much easier to develop friendships and connections. It is often the case that these friendships you foster will last for a very long time even after university.

    3. Community Involvement
    You don’t need to be living on residence to be involved with your University community; however, it does make it easier. There are more opportunities that you can take advantage of with regards to jobs on campus or club activities that may take place in the evenings.

    These are just some of the examples off the top of my head. Personally, living on residence was an awesome experience. 🙂

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