RAs ‘chat’ with new students
Housing and Residence Life initiated a new program known as Tiger Chats this year.
According to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Jerry Dieringer, Tiger Chats was initiated to help facilitate the transition that students go through upon entering college.
Dieringer said that Tiger Chats was designed to help connect residents to their resident assistants, and to connect students to the University as a whole.
Tiger Chats are for all resident students, not just freshmen. Last year, when resident assistants spoke to the freshmen in the beginning of the year, it was in a large group setting. This year, however, RAs met with all of their residents, either one-on-one or in small groups.
Sophomore Melissa Miller said that she thinks tiger chats are a good idea. Miller is a resident of Douglass House and had only good things to say about her tiger chat.
“I felt like my RA was going to be someone who knew at least a little bit about me, and that she was approachable and really cared about us,” Miller said.
Last year, Miller said, she felt nervous about approaching her RA to ask questions or about conflicts with her roommate.
This is a stark contrast to this year, according to Miller, who said, “[I won’t] be skimmed over or lost in the crowd [by my RA].”