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How to get adjusted to dorm-style living Article By: Jenna Juliano

Newsletter By: Kira Royal Fall, 2019

It’s move-in day freshman year. You and your family pack in to your car that’s piled high with all your belongings and head off to embark on your college journey. Freshman year comes with many changes, including your way of living. Instead of living in a house where you have your own room, big kitchen and private bathroom, you are now sleeping arm’s-length away from someone else, sharing a shower with all the people on your hall and relying on the campus dining hall for all your meals. Getting adjusted to this new type of living can be rough, but here are some pointers on how to survive the dorm life. 1

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1. Spend as little amount of time in the hall bathrooms as possible

2. Add decorations to your dorm room

Purchase a shower caddy so that you can easily transport your toiletries to and from the bathroom. Only go to the bathroom for necessary things, such as using the restroom, showering, and brushing your teeth. Spend the rest of your time getting ready in your room, away from the steam and smell.

Make your dorm room feel cozy and homey. You would be surprised what adding a rug and string lights can do. If you tend to get homesick, bring a couple items to remind you of home. There is no shame in missing your parents and home town. The majority of college freshman are right there with you. “Make it your own, really, because it’s your home for the next year,” Erycka Anderson, a residence assistant at East Carolina University, states. “Add some LED lights, plants, a good mattress, anything really that gives it that hometown touch.”


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3. Put effort into meeting the people on your hall

4. Figure out the best time in your day to wash your clothes

Making new friends is one of the best parts about college. Don’t be afraid to go door-to-door in your dorm, introducing yourself to everyone.

Make sure you are around when your clothes are in the wash. Nothing makes people more mad than when they are waiting to use a washer or dryer, yet none are available because people have left their washed or dried clothes just sitting in the machines. If you do this, do not be surprised if you find your clothes taken out and sitting on top of the machine. Be courteous of other people and set a timer so you know when your laundry is done.

“As an RA, I encourage them (freshman) to break out of their shell early to be able to enjoy college life more,” Anderson states. “I emphasize that academics are important but being involved is how you get the full experience out of college.”

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5. Set ground rules with your roommate early on

6. Most importantly, have fun

Having that awkward conversation with your roommate is dreadful, but laying it all out on the table early can solve potential future issues. Living in such close quarters with someone can take some getting used to, but open communication will help the process.

Dorm-style living is different than any other living arrangement you will encounter in your life. Becoming friends with the people on your hall, attending the activities your dorm hosts, and leaning on your residence assistant for support when you need them are recommended.

Delaney Hogg, college blogger and full-time student at East Carolina University, states that being open and having honest communication with your roommate is important. She mentions that college is a learning period and living with someone else can really teach you a lot about yourself. Always remember to be considerate of each other’s belongings and personal space.

Remember, you will most likely never get this type of living opportunity again.


Ways to improve roommate relationships Article By: Ethan Hall Leadership and Civic Engagement office can be found in the Main student center Suite 208. You can also visit online at Photo by: Ethan Hall

“Softball with the boys made me look forward to Wednesday nights,” said Josh Hughs a senior at East Carolina University. “We only won one game, but we had fun”. Hughs has had seven roommates during his time in college, and has struggled to get along with them after only a few months into the living situation. When asked what helped lessen arguments and create friendships, Hughs attributed intermural sports to a much happier living situation. “We threw ball at the house and invited teammates to chill so we weren’t always just bored together,” he said.

Living situations can be stressful when trying to share a space with someone who you may not be compatible. With these interpersonal relationships though temporary can cause massive amounts of stress and sleepless nights. To avoid the awkward conversations or quarrels here are two simple but big steps one can take to better a living situation, and to hopefully gain a friend rather than a headache.

Get involved On campus activities really shorten the day and give you something to look forward to. Being together in a sports setting also benefits the relationship by bringing a new team quality to a rooming situation. My first suggestion would be to join an intermural sports team. It is important to get out of the house together because being cooped up can hurt even the greatest relationships. Create bonds beyond the household that may bring other acquaintances into the picture to potentially add mutual friends.

If you are not into sports, there are other ways be get involved. Join a club or organization together that you both find interesting. There are groups that do community outreach or just meet to have fun on and off campus. Adding extracurricular activities to the week will give a sense of longing for and looking forward to it together. This also adds the feeling of accomplishment to an afternoon and should help solidify a bond through shared experiences. 4

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Communication is Key If the relational issues do not get better with time, it may help to talk to someone who will listen without bias. “From the very beginning, be up front with the person regarding expectations,” said Daniel Wiseman an academic advisor at ECU for nine years. He has helped students with many living situations and encourages students to talk to their advisors. His advice was to realize the other person or persons are in the same boat. “I try to be cognizant of their space, both mental and physical”. In doing this you both have time to adjust and can communicate more openly about differences or commonalities you may have.

Do Not Hesitate On a more serious note, if a situation is dangerous in any way Wiseman’s advice was to contact the dean of students on your campus before anything escalates. Wiseman also refers students to professionals on campus who may relate to a specific situation. Academic advisors have connections on campus and can be a stepping-stone to reach these professionals. Wiseman’s closing advice was, “you don’t have to be best friends to be good roommates.” Strive for good relations with those close to you by getting involved on campus and asking others for advice when needed. These two seemingly small tips can help you maintain a healthy living situation.

Both the content for this newsletter and the design are created by students enrolled in COMM 3310 Copy Editing and Design in the School of Communication at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina during the Spring and Fall semesters under the direction of course instructor Barbara Bullington. We welcome suggestions for article ideas for future issues.  For inquiries, please email 5

3 Steps to dress for college Article By: Rockford Reck

When dressing for college, we primarily think of throwing something on in the spur of the moment for a last-minute class. We tend to picture the classic Hollywood stereotype of stressed out, bed-head, rushed college kids running to class with a coffee faithfully in their hand. While this may be true for many students across America, I’ve decided to help those seeking any information on how to possibly step-up their style for their college experience. Whether it be last minute dress-ups or daily preparations, I’ve got you covered. Three East Carolina University students have decided to help me with advice on style guidelines.

Step 1 – Hair: When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you see when looking in the mirror is your hair. If you’re a guy like myself, then you most likely have short hair. For that, I personally recommend a quick wash with water, then dry with a towel and finish with pomade styling gel. For in-style haircuts for men that are quick and easy, check this out: https:// For our female readers, I recommend something quick to combat the longer hair. Dry shampoo works best if you’re running late, and of course a hat. When asking 21-year-old Chrissy McLarty, her opinion, she said, “I just like having my hair down but not really done, or pulled together in a ponytail.” This seems to be the most fashionable and quick way to get going in the morning, as you don’t necessarily need to dress to the nines for class. However, we have to at least look presentable! 6

Chrissy McLarty is featured in this photo admiring herself before she heads to class Photo by: Rockford Reck

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Step 2 — Outfit: Next comes the clothes. If you’re anything like me, you run everything last minute; even your outfit. Matthew Belcher, 21, a sales assistant at From Marfa, spoke to me about his opinions for college apparel. “I feel like college is mostly about being comfortable while you’re going to and from your classes on campus, or wearing whatever makes you feel good.” Simply put, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. After all, you’ll most likely be sitting in lecture classes for a majority of your day. But what about your style? Many people have their very own go-to outfit for college. According to Matthew, “depending on the weather, a button-down shirt and some shorts.” When asking Chrissy, she said, “I go to the gym a lot after class, so I wear a lot of gym clothes around school so I don’t have to change. I also recommend wearing sneakers for all the walking!” In college, you walk more than you’d think. It’s probably best to invest in a nice pair of sneakers to keep your feet supported, but something classy to spice up your daily outfits.

Matthew Belcher admires comfort and contiues to wear what makes him feel good. Photo by: Rockford Reck

Step 3 – Owning it: The final step is owning your outfit, and feeling confident in your image. No matter what you wear or how you look, you’re never fully dressed without a smile and a positive mindset. Whether it be something simple or something complex, your outfit defines you. When speaking with a speaking with a sales assistant at University Book Exchange, Ben Pilkington, 21, informed me, “You can’t go wrong with shorts and a T-shirt, or jeans and a T-shirt. Comfort is first priority, but also keep in mind that first impressions are important when you think about what you’re wearing.” This holds true, as many of us might run into a future employer on campus, or perhaps a future love interest. With this being said, our outfits are our ways of expression. Our mindset will show off our style more than anything we wear. So there you have it. Three simple steps to help change up your style, and possibly improve your outlook on clothing in college. What you wear is a freedom of expression unique to yourself. No one can take away your personality, and it will show off in your clothing more when you wear what you want to wear. Just remember, keep comfortable! 7

How to remain eco-friendly Article By: Kira Royal

My family has always been environmentally friendly, which has given me the opportunity to learn some skills to help me save money and help the environment. We were always encouraged to recycle and got into trouble when we didn’t. My mother taught us young how to unplug appliances when they weren’t being used and to use paper bags instead of plastic ones, etc. For me, all of these things were normal but when I came to college I found out that many students don’t know how to recycle but many do it without knowing. Such as the different color trash cans around campus that take bottles and paper.

Recycling Bins Many campuses have recycling trash cans next to the regular trash all around campus. Most of the recycling ones are a different color. “I do see the trash cans all over campus and try to use them when I have a bottle that I’m about to throw away,” says Haleigh Swinson, a junior at East Carolina University. “ I always try to recycle because I feel bad when I do use plastic; I just hope it doesn’t end up in a landfill or in the ocean.” Reusable water bottles are a better route to go and can also save money over time.

Haleigh Swinson, sales associtae at Plato’s Closet. Photo by: Kira Royal

Public Transportation Public transportation is another great way to remain eco-friendly while in college. Most buses run on a 15-minute schedule that changes to a 30 minute schedule later on in the day. There are bike racks set up around campuses and many students even walk to class. “I like to ride my bike to campus because it’s more appropriate with my schedule and it’s a good source for exercise,” says Matthew Macaisa, a senior at East Carolina University.


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Polyethylene, the most commonly used plastic, is created by accident at a chemical plant in Northwich, England. While polyethylene had been created in small batches before, this was the first synthesis of the material that was industrially practical, and it was initially used in secret by the British military during World War II.


Sailor and researcher Charles Moore discovers the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of several gyres in the world’s oceans where immense amounts of plastic waste have accumulated, threatening marine life. Plastic bags are notorious for killing sea turtles, which mistakenly think they are jellyfish and eat them.



Kenya bans plastic bags, making it one the most recent of the more than two dozen countries that have sought to reduce plastic bag use through fees or bans.

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Thrift Shopping


Thrifting is becoming more common in students’ lives because it is cheaper and convenient. Many people donate clothes they don’t need anymore or just don’t want. One of a kind pieces can be found along with countless ways to repurpose clothing or a piece of furniture you may need. Because vintage clothing is becoming popular, thrift stores are the number one places to look. And looking for stores that will give cash for clothes could be a great way to earn an extra few dollars and it will also keep the clothing out of the landfills.

Living off campus has its perks for cutting back on electricity. Many apartments off campus may make their residents pay a utility bill or have an allowance for them to use but pay if they go over. “We get an allowance at River Walk and once we go over we just have to pay the difference,” says Swinson. Turning the lights off whenever you leave a room will cut back on costs as well as energy. Use daylight to your advantage. Keep curtains and shades open to provide light instead of turning on lights. See the link for more information.

Reusable bags Booths that set up for events around campus may have reusable bags that they hand out for students. These are chances to grab one for free and then use it for groceries, shopping or other activities that may come around. “I use reusable bags when I go grocery shopping because plastic bags begin to pile up and just become waste over time,” says Macaisa. Keeping reusable bags in the back of a car or next to the door is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic bag usage.

Note-taking Using a laptop to take notes in class helps to cut back on the amount of paper usage. Although it has been known that writing down notes helps to increase students learning, it is a lot more convenient to type out notes. Convenience, legibility, and share-ability all play roles in typing notes instead of handwriting them. blogs/blog-posts/digital-notes-vs-paper-noteswhat-is-better.


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