Madison Family Connection Volume 6 Issue 2, Fall 2012 : Page 1

F A L L 2 0 1 2 Vo l u m e 6 , I s s u e 2 I N S I D E Madison J J A E E R R S S I I T T Y Y P P A A R R E E N N T T R R E E L A T I N N S S N E S L A M M E E S S M M A A D D I I S S O O N N U U N N I I V V L A T O I O N W E W S E L T E T T E T R E R F A M I L Y C O N N E C T I O N Family Weekend n PAGE 2 Family Weekend highlights Rockapella: Motown & More PAGE 3 n n University Health Center Information Technology PAGE 4 Cheer our Dukes... n Parents Calendar PAGE 5 UBO: Authorized Payer n n Shared Spaces cont. Information Technology cont. Shared Spaces: Preparing for Life with a Roommate by Maggie Burkhart Evans, Director of Residence Life A s you pack the car with your new Duke’s dorm essentials, you may begin to ponder how your student will enjoy having a roommate. One of the biggest changes in the past 20 years is that most students have never shared a bedroom — or bath-room. Fewer than 10 percent of first-year students roomed with a brother or sister while growing up. Many parents remember sharing a room with a sibling and how that experience prepared them for the tran-sition to a residence hall. To help your student deal with conflicts that might arise, here are a few helpful tips from Residence Life. Encourage your student to think about the kind of roommate he or she wants to be. The “Golden Rule” applies: Treat others as you wish to be treated. Also, don’t make assumptions about a roommate until you really get to know that person. Give the roommate a chance — don’t call and ask for a room change before your students try to make it work. “More than 85 per-cent of JMU students report that they are compatible with their roommate.....” — M aggie B urkhart e vans Try not to intervene. Let your student handle problems as much as possible. As a parent your first impulse may be to call and fix the problem. But often students learn a great deal more about being independent and communicating if they try to work things out on their own. Be supportive and listen Ask whether your student has talked with the roommate about the problem. Often, it has not been discussed. Also be sure to encourage your son or daughter to ask the Residence Adviser (RA) for help. RAs are trained to help roommates in distress. Staff involvement in roommate conflicts. Resolution of roommate conflicts can be challenging for the Residence Life staff as well as your students. It takes time to sort through the facts and to assist with resolution. Ques-tions to you or your student may feel frustrating, but rest assured our staff is trying to gather as much information as possible in order to help. >>CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 >>>> Office of Parent Relations 220 University Blvd., MSC 3605 Harrisonburg, VA 22807 (540) 568-3190

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