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On Campus Survival Guide

Moving away from home for the first time? Are you planning on living in residence and not quite sure what to bring? By using this A-Z checklist you’ll be sure to remember all the essentials!

  • Address Book
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bar Fridge
  • Bedding (sheets, blankets, comforters, etc)
  • Camera
  • Can Opener
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cutlery
  • Dishes
  • Dish Soap
  • Fan
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flash Light
  • Flip Flops (for the shower)
  • Hangers
  • Laundry Basket, Detergent, and Money (Loonies and Quarters)
  • Medications (including cough syrup, pain killers, multi-vitamins, etc.)
  • Network Cable for internet connection in residence
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush
  • Towels
  • TV (and cable cord)

How to Deal With Your Roommate:

  • Start by writing out a contract which states rules that both of you agree to live by. Examples of things to include are telephone use, quiet hours, having guests, borrowing each other’s belongings, etc. By writing out a contract, you will both have an understanding of what is expected. Also, if a rule is broken, you will have the contract to fall back on which will alleviate a lot of stress caused by arguments!
  • If you break a rule in the contract, own up to your mistake! Chances are slim that your mistake went unnoticed by your roommate. Also, remember to be forgiving if your roommate breaks a rule. None of us are perfect!
  • Be considerate. Respect your roommate’s privacy and space. Don’t borrow things unless you have permission. The list is endless, but with a bit of common sense you should be able to keep peace with your roommate.
  • Most importantly, communicate with your roommate! If something is bothering you, bring it up in a mature way. The best way to solve your problems is through good communication.

Healthy Eating on Campus: How to Avoid the "Freshman 15"

In short, the "freshman 15" can be defined as a common weight gain in college students resulting from skipped meals, grabbing quick foods on the run, eating larger portions than normal, and a reduction in activity level that was present during high school.

Eating on campus can present many challenges with a busy class schedule, but by following some simple guidelines, you can stick to healthy eating habits and avoid the freshman 15.

  • Watch portion size.
  • Snack wisely. Good snacks include granola bars and fresh fruit.
  • Eat only when you’re hungry.
  • Avoid late night snacks. If you go to bed before your body has a chance to burn the calories you have consumed the food will be stored as fat.
  • Breakfast options include:
       - low or non-fat yogurt with fresh fruit or cold cereal
       - cold cereal (whole grain is best) with skim or low fat milk
       - hot cereal (oatmeal)
       - waffles
       - whole grain toast
  • Lunch options include:
       - sandwiches (lean meat, low fat cheese, whole wheat/rye/whole grain bread, margarine or mustard instead of mayo)
       - salads (fresh veggies and different types of lettuce with low fat dressing)
       - soup (broth based rather than cream based)
       - pasta (tomato vs. cream based sauces)
       - meat entrée (baked, broiled, steamed, stewed or roasted skinless and de-fatted meat)
  • Dinner options include:
       - meat once a week, fish once or twice a week, pasta once or twice a week, chicken once or twice a week, and vegetarian once a week
       - steamed vegetables
       - salad or soup (follow above guidelines)
  • Beverages
       - avoid soda or high sugar juices
       - stick to low fat or skim milk, water, or soy beverages

Get Involved!

The easiest way to make friends and maximize your experience at college is to get involved with campus clubs and activities. Student’s Council, Student Recreation Committee, athletics, college newspaper, the peer helper program, and the campus review are just a few examples of what the Ridgetown Campus has to offer.