Living at CBU is based around community. We believe living on campus will enhance your college experience. Living with friends and depending on them for more than notes will forge bonds that will carry you through the rest of your life, not just the next four years. We asked seniors for advice on how to get started. Here are their tips:
- Be open and available. Be approachable and introduce yourself to everyone around you. Go out of your way to connect. There’s only so much others can do – the rest is up to you. Opening up is where you'll connect with people and create relationships.
- Leave your door open when you’re home. Privacy is the enemy (except when you're studying or sleeping). You’d be surprised how easily you’ll make friends that way. When your door is open, you never know who’ll pop their head in and say, “Hi!” It could be the start of a great lifelong friendship.
- Get involved and participate. CBU is an awesome community of fellowship if you put yourself out there. Mentor groups, Bible studies, campus leadership, sports events and all the orientation and RezLife activities are great places to start. However, you must take initiative to call people, seek them out and be friendly. Simply attending events and classes is not enough – step out and show interest in what's going on around you.
- Take time to get to know those in your hall/living area. Try not to turn down an invitation to hang out, though homework is still a priority. You’re in college now – it’s alright to stay up past 11!
- Step out of your comfort zone. Remember that all freshman are new, not just you. Dive in and don’t be shy! Most of your classmates and hallmates won't bite. Don’t be afraid to ask others about themselves. Also, get to know the FOCUS leaders and resident assistants because they’ll help you make the most of your freshman experience.