Written by Jenni Chadick, Assistant Director of Residence Life
Our office has been abuzz with phone calls and inquires about student housing – and believe me – we are excited you will be here soon! We also are excited to have just a little more time to polish off the buildings, manicure the grounds, and train our student leaders who will be welcoming nearly 700 new students to campus in just – GULP – 15 days! Our student leaders MAKE this campus what it is. As a small college, our students have the opportunity to get involved in a myriad of activities, and often times chose more than one. While sometimes this leads to burn out (I see a future post topic for the fall!) more often it leads to doors opening in new and unexpected ways. Making connections, learning how to work with people, understanding university politics (yes, we have that too), benefiting the community, and gaining valuable transferable skills are some of the reasons you should consider what kind of involvement you’d like in your first, second, third, or fourth year at Puget Sound.
The first place to get involved is in your res hall. Our first and second year communities each have an RHA to get involved in. There are five positions in the hall, from President to Green Advocate, so you’re sure to find the right fit. The RHA is connected to the larger residential student government, RSA. Look for their table at LogJam for an application, find your RHA page on facebook, or talk to your RA when you arrive!
While being in RHA does not guarantee a position as an RA, or orientation leader your sophomore, junior, or senior year, it doesn’t hurt! RHA is where several students learn about these opportunities, and also how they meet like-minded individuals on campus who want to make a difference and have fun.
Puget Sound also has a great Greek community to get involved in. Our delayed recruitment means you can settle into campus life your first semester, and then decide to rush after the winder holiday. Check out the Greek Life website for more information about getting involved, or ask any of the SWAT (Student Welcome Assistance Team) volunteers at move-in why they “Go Greek.”
Getting involved can be as simple as showing up to events that our campus puts on, to trying out for a club sport, to auditioning for a performance team, conducting summer research with a faculty member, writing an article for the Trail, to running for an Association Students of the University of Puget Sound (ASUPS) position. There is an opportunity for every personality type, every commitment level, every interest, every student! So dive in, and make Puget Sound your home!