by Alanna Goodman PLA
When I signed my lease last April I didn’t see the print at the top saying I was actually signing up for a housing course. And yet somehow I found myself using my academic lessons to get me through my housing ones and vice versa. This is what I have learned.
Communication. Just as your Profs and TAs cannot read your mind, neither can your housemates (unfortunately). I remember thinking, surely if I clean this microwave one more time they will understand to clean it when they make a mess. Nope! It’s far better to tell them if something’s bothering you right away. It prevents angry outbursts.
Taking responsibility. Getting a D back on an assignment is similar to coming home and finding a messy kitchen. How? Lots of people to blame! It’s so easy to tell yourself that the sinking feeling or bad smell is someone else’s fault. However upon taking a closer look at the situation, I found that I left a couple of plates in the sink this morning and I could have spent more time on the assignment. Understanding this made it easier for me to remedy the situation and move on.
Support. I never fully understood how important this was until I spent 6 months living with someone with a mental health disorder. We all have bad days and knowing there is someone who can help you get through them makes all the difference.
Would I do it again? Yes. Besides this is one course I’m sure I passed.