Expect More During your first year at college!
Welcome! You made it, and we’re glad to have you! You made a choice to invest in us, and we want to let you know that we plan to invest in you, too! Your future, both here at BSU and beyond, is in your control… so where should you start? How about with a First-Year Residential Learning Community?!
The Residential Learning Communities Program hires upper-class students who we call Senior Programming Assistants (SPAs), for each of our Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) to create programs and events, host service projects, and partner with faculty members to engage students (that’s you!) who live in Scott Hall with the goal of helping RLC students make the most out of their college experience.
With orientation just around the corner, we want to help you navigate your first year of college, and show you all of the great things BSU and the Office of Residence Life & Housing has to offer!
One of the most unique things about being a resident student during your first year of college is the opportunity for you to choose to live in one of our first year residential learning communities!
Currently, we host three first year RLCs:
- Honors Residential Learning Community – @bsuHonorsRLC
- A cohort of first year students who have been accepted to the Honors Program and seek to live with likeminded peers. http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/RLC/honors.cfm
- Service-Based Residential Learning Community – @bsuServiceRLC
- A group of students dedicated to becoming engaged in the BSU and global community, making a difference through service and social justice initiatives. http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/RLC/service.cfm
- Science & Math Residential Learning Community – @bsuSciMathRLC
- Offering students majoring in Math or Science the opportunity to live among other students that have also declared Math or Science as their major. Upper class residential mentors also play a role in making this RLC a great place to live and learn. http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/RLC/STREAMS.cfm
Each of the RLCs are unique in its’ own way. RLCs provide new students with countless opportunities to try new things, step out of their comfort zones, and meet some really great BSU Bears. Living in a learning community allows you to have programs and events created just for you!
Our programs and events relate to the theme of each learning community and are a mix of social and educational events. Our programs usually involve guest speakers, networking with faculty and staff members, off-campus trips, and promote an overall awareness of available campus resources and ways to succeed as a college student! You have a direct impact on the types of programs and events we sponsor, plus, you could even work for us!
Need a job?! We hire new students who live in our RLCs as Programming Assistants (PAs). We have both work-study and non-work study positions available to incoming students each semester, and the best part is, we will be recruiting students to interview for these positions at Orientation! What better way to kick-start your college career than with an on-campus job?!
It is our goal to help the first year students feel like they are making a seamless transition from high school to college life. It is our hope that first year students learn about themselves and others through this process and that they learn the resources available to them to make their first year at BSU a successful one.
There are ENDLESS opportunities for you to get involved in at BSU. No matter what you choose to do during your time at college, it will be what you make of it.
College is a time for exploration, a time for personal growth, and the unique opportunity to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. You have the power to control what your college experience will be like… now get off your chair, and go do something!
Make your experience all it can be. Expect more out of yourself. Invest your time and energy into the things you love, and we promise that you will achieve more.