First-year Humber College students settling into residence life

Sep 30, 2015 | News

Jefferson Marshall

Lea Robertson is not looking forward to doing her own laundry this year.

A new school year has arrived at Humber College’s residences, which means a new wave of freshmen get to experience living on their own for the first time.

“I feared that I would miss home too much and that I wouldn’t make any friends,” said first-year Media Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber Lea Robertson, 18.

“And doing laundry was definitely another thing I dreaded.”

According to the Humber College residence website, the facilities provide accommodations to 1,000 students at the North campus, and 400 at Lakeshore.

This is an experience filled mixed emotions for the new roster of students and it can be a scary feeling as they leave the nest for the first time.

There are many unfamiliar situations thrown at freshmen in the first few weeks of being on campus.

Not only do they have to worry about being independent, but they also have to adjust to the post-secondary school work load.

However, the resident assistant team at Humber was created to make the newcomers feel welcome and safe.

“The first step is to establish community,” said second-year Media Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber and R.A. at Humber North Savannah Kimmerer, 19.

“The first week is filled with events like floor meetings, movie nights and of course frosh just to break the ice and make the first years feel more comfortable.”

Even when the freshmen do start to feel more comfortable in their social situations on campus, it isn’t always smooth sailing.

They start to find out what they don’t like about their living environment.

“One of the few things I would change here (at residence) would be the cafeteria,” first-year Humber Event Management student Robyn Rousseau, 17, said.

“I wish there was more variety and healthier options”

The first-year students on residence have a long year ahead of them, but they aren’t alone.

“I love the atmosphere here,” Rousseau said. “We [her floor mates] all have bonded, because we’re all on the same boat and we are all going through the same experience.”