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Rebecca Goldstein

Main Features

ACUHO-I Intern

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Alicia Vest

Assistant Director of Residence Life vestad@appstate.edu 828.262.7308

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Jason Timpson

Welcome to Guide

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Living in the residence hall

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Living with a roommate

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Laundry

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Finding a Major

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Succeeding academically

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Life beyond the classroom

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Coordinator of Coltrane, Gardner, & Justice Halls timpsonjl@appstate.edu 828.262.8864

University Housing ASU Box 32111, Boone, NC 28608

Central Office 828.262.2160 housing.appstate.edu

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.


Greetings! I want to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning residents; rest assured, you have an amazing year ahead of you! You are here at Appalachian State University because you have proven yourself inside and outside of the classroom. It is our hope that you will look back at your time here with fondness and admiration. We know that the time spent outside of the classroom can be a monumental part of the collegiate experience and we are striving to make your residential experience top notch. We realize that for some, the notion of living away from home can be intimidating at first. Yet, we are confident that each individual is capable of tackling the challenge. If, at any point, you are in need of advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your Resident Assistant (RA) and/or your Residence Director or Coordinator. Additionally, please note that in order to maintain a safe and healthy living environment, there are residential policies that must be followed at all times: 

Please do not remove any furniture from your room; any furniture that is missing at the end of the year will be charged to the residents of that unit.

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Please discard your personal trash in the large dumpster behind or next to the building.

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Please be respectful of others by adhering to Quiet & Courtesy Hours Sunday-Thursday 10pm-8am; Friday & Saturday 12midnight-10am Thank you for helping out with these matters!!

We encourage each resident to become active in our residential community. If there are any events or activities that interest you or should you have any community concerns, please share those with you RA, RD or Coordinator. Our staff is ALWAYS looking for useful suggestions and ways to make your experience better. We hope that you are as excited about your time here at Appalachian State University as we are. Enjoy the journey, Jason Timpson Appalachian State University Coordinator, University Housing


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By Amanda , a third year RA

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UIDE is a wonderful opportunity for any first year student at Appalachian State University. GUIDE strives to provide a well-rounded first year experience for its students. This is done through programs that encourage civic engagement, personal growth and development, academic excellence, and active social awareness. GUIDE provides a variety of events, ideas, programs,

and opportunities that help first year students feel at home, not only in their residence hall, but also across campus and throughout the Boone community. GUIDE is fun, yet practical, and gives its residents a kick start into their collegiate experience. I am proud to be a part of it.

The Guide Program at Appalachian State University provides additional resources to students transiting to this campus. We strive to create an environment where students can develop in the areas of Academic Excellence, Active Social Awareness, Civic Engagement, and Personal Growth. Through experience in these areas, Guide students will connect, succeed, and persist into their second year at Appalachian State University.


What will I do... You will get involved with the Appalachian culture—cheering at football games, being involved with clubs, and volunteering within the community. You will get involved with your academic work with study sessions in your building. You’ll receive extra help to succeed academically and learn successful study habits.

You will get out and explore Boone and the High Country! You will learn new skills, and see all the beauty Western Carolina has to offer.

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Programs Ever heard the saying—”Learning is a student’s job?” Well, in Guide we will pay you with a study buck every time we see you studying. Turn in your Study Bucks (with your name) for a chance to win cool prizes! Get Yosef Studying!

The RAs vote on one student in the residence hall each month to be the student of the month. This is an honor that can be given for any reason, but most common is for a student that is involved in the hall. If there is a student you think deserves this honor, let your RA know.

Student of The Month

There is also an award given once a month to a student for being a good citizen in the hall. Students can receive this award for many reasons, some common ones include helping clean up, being there for a fellow resident, and good citizenship or volunteering outside the residence hall.


Living In The Don’t let anyone fool you. Living in the Residence Hall may end up being one of the most memorable experiences of your life. It may be the first time you live with a roommate. It may cause you to become a fan of a tv show you never thought about or teach how to pick up your dirty laundry (your mom will be so proud). There may be a week were you try to survive on microwave mac’n’cheese and pizza alone (don’t though…). You may find the study partner of your dreams who lives two floors above you, or another person who is equally interested in Xtreme Snowboarding. You may find out that you talk in your sleep, or that you can sleep through anything. Living in the residence hall is a new experience, and sometimes it gets tricky. You are responsible for your laundry, your sleep schedule, and you are sharing a tiny room and a bathroom. The next couple pages are some tricks and hints to make this year successful and avoid some common pitfalls. No matter what your experience—you will do more in your Residence Hall than sleep. Your RA (Resident Assistant) and your RD (Residence Director) have been preparing to make this experience as fun and interesting as possible. Know they are always ready to help you when things get tricky. So read on, and learn how to live in the residence hall.


Residence Hall


Your Roommate By now, you’ve probably met your roommate. He might be your best friend from Pre-K or she may be someone you met online. Your roommate could be someone who you meet for the first time on move in day. No matter how well you know your roommate, it is still important to talk about your expectations of living together. To do this you will need to talk to your roommate about your needs. Be honest and yet willing to compromise during this discussion. If you don’t tell your roommate what you need now, how will she know when she’s upsetting you? Even worse, how will you know if you hurt his feelings? Start your year off right with your roommate, you’ll appreciate the work you do up front when you hit October! Take some time now to get to know your roommate. Whether you end up being best friends or people who just say “hey” at Central Dining, this person will make a large impact on your first year here at App!


We hold these truths to be self evident...that all students are created equal , and with this in mind, we present...

The Roommate Bill of Rights 1) The right to study free from undue interference (noise, stereo, guests, etc.) in one’s room 2) The right to sleep without undue disturbance (noise, stereo, guests etc.) in one’s room 3) The right to expect that roommates will respect each others’ personal belongings 4) The right to a clean environment in which to live 5) The right to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from roommates 6) The right to personal privacy 7) The right to host guest at agreed upon times and have those guest respect the roommate 8) The right to expect that the roommate will not violate University and Residence Hall policies in the room 9) The right rot expect that all disagreements will be discussed in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect, and that it is acceptable to confront the roommate when they are not fulfilling mutual agreements 10)

The right to be free from harassment and discrimination Adapted from Fitchburg State University


Doing Laundry The day has come. You woke up, reached into your drawer and found...you have no clean clothes. That means it’s time to do LAUNDRY. So how does one do laundry anyway? Look no further—we are here to you through the process. So grab your quarters/app card, and head downstairs!

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Washing Sort your clothes into piles ex. delicates, reds, whites, heavy clothes, light clothes. As you go through, check the pockets. You may find enough spare cash for dinner out tonight. Spray any heavily stained clothes with a stain remover. Place clothes in the washing machine. Fill the machine about 3/4 of the way full. Add appropriate amounts of detergent, bleach (only for whites), and fabric softener into the slots in the washing machine. Add quarters or slide your app card. Hit the button that describes the load best. If you’re unsure, choose Bright Colors. You now have approximately 35 minutes—go read for English class. Drying Take clothes out of the washer. Place clothes in the dryer. One load of wash is one load of drying. If clothes are delicates, you may just hang them in your room to dry (NEVER from a sprinkler head!). Add quarters or slide your app card. Hit the button that describes the load best. If you’re unsure, choose low heat. You now have approximately 60 minutes—go work on Finite Math. After clothes are dry, take them out, bring them back to your room, fold them/hang them and put them away! This will keep your clothes looking nice until next laundry day.


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Go to a floor/building program. These programs are designed by your RA or your Hall Council for

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Create a floor intermural team. Play against other floors in the building.

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Shower time = Karoke time! Play music (with respect to quiet hours) and sing your heart out!

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Have a weekly tv show night with popcorn and pizza.

Go Microwave Gourmet!—Make a Mug Brownie Start to finish: 3 minutes

Servings: 1

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Dash of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa and salt together in your mug. Add oil and water and briskly stir until free of lumps. Microwave mug for roughly one minute. Depending on the wattage of your microwave, you may want to add another 10-20 seconds to your cook time. The brownie should be slightly wet in the center. Allow brownie to cool for several minutes before enjoying. Try adding a scoop of ice cream for an extra-indulgent experience.


Getting out and You probably have a lot of questions not related to living in the residence hall. Don’t worry. is all about helping you through your first year, and that includes activities outside of the residence hall, too. Your RA will be happy to help you with class scheduling or finding a student organization. They can also help you find resources if you are struggling in class. They may have even taken the class. Besides your RA, you have plenty of other resources too. The people in your hall may know an organization for which you would be a good fit. They may also be in the same classes as you, and with them you may be able to create your own study group. Your professors, during their office hours, would be more than happy to talk to you. There are also centers and programs on campus dedicated to helping you out with classes and deciding where you want to go in life. You are not in this alone! The following pages introduce you to some of the secrets of campus—campus offices, tips for talking to a professor during offices hours, how to choose a major and switching, ways to get involved on and off campus, and even ways to get a job. Read on, and learn about getting out and about on campus.

I don’t know what I to major in. Biology? Nursing? What if I switch? Prof. Anderson is so intimidating. I need to talk to him about this class but


about on campus I’m bored. What else is there besides class? I know I heard about all these organizations, but I don’t know how to get started.


Finding a Major Don’t know what to major in?

Don’t worry, you're not alone. That’s why we have

The Peer Career Center: Guiding Students in Career & Major Decision Making. Peer Career, located in Plemmons Student Union, Room 216, is here to help you find the major that best suits your needs. Through the use of self-assessments and discussions, they will help you narrow down the list of choices, so that you find the major that really suits your needs. Their hours are: Monday-Thursday: 10:00-5:00 p.m. Friday: 10-12 p.m. Call 262-2029 to schedule an appointment or feel free to drop in.

Considering Switching Majors?

Don’t worry, you're not alone. Most college

students consider switching majors at some point during their four years, and many actually do. DegreeWorks in an online program that you can access through AppalNet. DegreeWorks will show you what classes you need to complete your major as well as what classes you would need if you decided to switch majors. DegreeWorks also has a GPA calculator you can use to find out what grades you need to earn to average a certain GPA (Grade Point Average). Check it out online before you meet with your adviser.


Success Classes in college may be more difficult than you are used to, but AppState has plenty of resources in place to help you learn outside of class time. If you want to do better, below are some tips of the trade on how to succeed academically.

Tip 1: Office Hours

If you look at your syllabus you will see that professors have

marked office hours. These are times when your professors are more than willing to talk with you about class—and most professors enjoy talking to students (that’s why they teach). Having a question ready when you go to their office makes it less scary. If your have classes you want to learn more about, go see your professors and chat with them. Ask about their research, current trends in the field or if you can get more involved in the department.

Tip 2: Learning Assistance Program

Just because you never needed help with

your academics in high school, does not mean you won’t need help in college. In fact, many students do. Just reading over your notes not doing it for you anymore? LAP will teach you new study tricks and strategies for succeeding in class. They also have supplemental instruction for some science and math courses. Finally, they have tutoring programs for most 1000 and 2000 level classes, which are FREE for all AppState Students. Take advantage of what you have already paid for with your student tuition.

Tip 3: Writing Center Many college classes require writing papers.

Lots of papers. The

best way to do well on a paper is start early (not an hour before it is due) and make an appointment with the Writing Center, located in the Belk Library and Information Commons, room 008. If you can’t make it to the actual writing center, there is the ability to do a consultation online using a google account. The Writing Center will work with you one on one during your 45 minute appointment to develop your writing skills and give you the ability to become a better writer. This service is free for students and is a part of your student tuition.


Life Beyond Class I’m involved in my Hall Council, I am an Emerging Leader, and I am considering being an RA next year.

I’m involved in my Sorority, the Jazz Ensemble and College Democrats. I also have a part time job to help pay for school.

I’m a part of RUF (Reformed United Ministries), I’m on the Quidditch team, and I help with Dance Marathon through ACT (Appalachian Community Together).

I am part of an intramural soccer team, I love the Zumba classes and I’m taking a class on Snowboarding. I also go camping with UREC.


Tips and Tricks College is more than just your classes. Finding something that interest you makes college more fun and is where most of your memories happen. Feeling unsure of how to get involved? Below are some of the easiest ways that you start.

Get involved with your hall council. Hall Council creates fun events throughout the building, such as tailgates and programs for Homecoming. You don’t have to be on the Executive Board to be involved, but you may find being President is your cup of tea. Check out the club directory and find out a club that sounds interesting to you. https://clubconnect.appstate.edu/sdr/clubs . Go to the meeting and try it out. If it’s not a perfect fit, go back and try another one. Visit different offices on campus such as: The Multicultural Center, The LGBT Center, the Women’s Center, ACT (Appalachian Community Together), Appalachian Popular Programing Society (APPS) in the student union and others. Each office has groups that are affiliated with it. Interested in Fitness or the outdoors? Get involved with UREC (University Recreation). You can join an intramural team, or even go on a sponsored trip in the mountains. Get out and enjoy the High Country. Find a job. On or off campus, many college students use a part time job to supplement their income. Find a job that you would be interested in, with skills you can apply in the future. Go Greek! Being part of a Sorority or Fraternity is a great way to meet students on campus and make strong friendships. Recruitment for Recruitment for Men begins Aug. 28 –29. Women begins Sept. 11-12.



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