So, those of you who know me know that I am not just an Academic Advising Director, but also that I am a string bass player and music educator. I was recently blown away by a practice that a local university is using when it comes to First-Year residential assignments, and I learned of it from one of my students.
One of my private string bass students is heading off to her first year of college, and her room mate in her first year is going to be a sophomore. This blew me away! (**Disclaimer** though I’m a director of academic advising, I’m a novice when it comes to ResLife practices). I was blown away because my university segregates first-years–don’t get me wrong, I’m not passing judgement, I’ve simply not seen this done before. It just dawned on me that, from a First-Years Transition and Student Engagement perspective, this seems like a stroke of genius. I mean seriously, could you really create a better peer mentoring relationship?
Again, I haven’t spent nearly the time studying current practices in residential life and student affairs as I have on academic advising issues. And because of this, I’m sure there are all kinds of things I’m missing in my very cursory observation. I was just blown away by the possibilities…I wonder what you, my colleagues and students, might think about this approach.
So, hit me with it…lemme know what you think