Living in an apartment with one, two or three roommates can be a challenge for some students. There have been several situations among apartment mates such as cleanliness issues and guests visiting the apartment. Having more space to negotiate is new for many students. When these situations are brought to the attention of Residence Life staff, a common denominator is lack of communication or miscommunication. Often residents will complain or comment about their situation to friends or the staff without talking to the person that needs to be a part of the conversation.
While the Residence Life staff, including the Apartment Manager and the Community Assistants, is available for guidance and advice, the first step to resolve any issue among apartment mates is for them to discuss the issue. Communication is the key to resolution.
There is a new Apartment Manager for the Oaks Apartments. Rebekah Gardner has moved from serving as the Vann and Stringfield Residence Director to the Apartment Manager position. She is a 2010 alumna of Meredith and is excited about this new position. Many of the juniors who live in the Oaks were her residents last year.
If your daughter lives in the Oaks and is experiencing difficulty with her apartment mates, encourage her to talk with them so they can all be on the same page. If she needs help with what to say or having that discussion, she can touch base with her Community Assistant or the Apartment Manager.
Questions about residence life can be directed to email@example.com. Oaks Apartment questions can be directed to Rebekah Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Submitted by Heidi LeCount, Director of Residence Life