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Winter Break

Rebecca Kitchell

On the first day of winter break, res life gave to me: a reminder to check your UNH email for updates on the room selection for fall 2014.  Hard to believe, but your first year is half way done!  It is time to start thinking about housing for your sophomore year.

On the second day of winter break, res life gave to me: programming updates and reminders on our web page and Charger Connections.  You can always know what is going on—and there is always something going on.

On the third day of winter break, res life gave to me: a nudge to think about applying to be a Resident Assistant.  The selection process for fall 2014 hires begins in January when you get back.  Keep your eyes peeled for info sessions, tabling and marketing to alert you to the timeline for selection.

On the fourth day of winter break, res life gave to me: a mailing to your home address to your parents and guardians to educate them on the room selection process for fall 2014.

On the fifth day of winter break, res life gave to me: a reminder to check your on-line account for damage billing, overdue parking tickets, tuition payments, etc.  You need to be in good financial standing with the Bursar’s Office before you can pay your housing deposit!

On the sixth day of winter break, res life gave to me: a reminder to be frugal with your dining dollars throughout the spring semester.  Remember when you ran out so early this semester and you were eating Ramen to get through finals? Let’s not have a repeat of that!  Hope you are prepared to return with a better spending plan in mind to stretch your dollars!

On the seventh day of winter break, res life gave to me: a reminder about the application processes for other leadership positions such as Academic Peer Mentor (process takes place between Feb-March) and Orientation Leader.

On the eighth day of winter break, res life gave to me: a tip to secure your roommates for the room selection process early.  Whether you are planning to live with the same roommates, or branch out with new roommates, it is important to be open and honest so no one is left feeling slighted in the middle of the room selection process!

On the ninth day of winter break, res life to me: an important piece of advice—your parents want to help—but it also important for you as an adult, that you gain more autonomy and self-sufficiency your second semester. 

On the tenth day of winter break, res life gave to me: a plug to think about a study abroad experience for your sophomore year—venture out!  Think about studying on the Prato campus for the fall!  What an amazing opportunity to see the world!

On the eleventh day of winter break, res life gave to me: the opportunity to pay it forward—give back to the in-coming new transfer students and students returning from Prato to make them feel welcome!  They are Chargers, so show them your Charger pride!

On the twelfth day of winter break res life gave to me: tidings of joy, wishes of joy and peace this holiday season and a hope for you and your family a wonderful new year!  See you in 2014!



Rebecca Kitchell
Associate Director of Residential Life for Residential Education

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