For the first year students, the week ahead is going to be nerve racking and for some, aggravating. It’s that time of year again to pick second year housing and it’s all everyone can think and talk about. Picking for the second year is a lot different because there are more options and different buildings get filled first from year to year.

Let’s face it, last year everyone for the most part wanted Villiger and if not, McShain. Now students have all different preferences depending on size of the apartments, proximity to campus, etc. For the students with later pick times especially, going into this week not knowing what to expect is distressing to say the least. Here are a few tips for you rising sophomores to get through this week without losing your minds.

Don’t Have Your Mind Set On One Building

Whether it be Lannon or Lancaster Courts, don’t go into the housing selection attached to only one building and especially not to a specific floor or apartment itself. Unless your pick time is that awesome, anything can happen and having your heart set on one specific place will only leave you and your friends disappointed and angry.

Pre-Plan With Your Roommates

Make sure that if you’re living with chosen friends to all be in the know about every plan you have. If Becky and Britney both want to live in Ashwood but there aren’t any spaces left by the time they get to pick, Becky and Britney need to be in agreement regarding their second or third choices to avoid any unwanted drama. You want to choose where your living quick before someone else does, so there isn’t time to argue about it.

Have An Open Mind and Make the Best Of it

If your pick time is crappy and you have to settle for somewhere you really didn’t want, it isn’t the end of the world. You can enjoy anywhere you end up if you and your living mates keep positive. I went into freshman year with my heart set on Villiger or McShain, but ended up in suite-style and now I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s what you make of it. If you move in in the fall and things really aren’t working out, you can always make efforts to change too if it’s really that bad.

Basically, just go into this week with no expectations whatsoever because it isn’t going to work out how you envision it. Don’t go insane about where you’re living because it’s not where you live, it’s the people and what you make of it.

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Hi there! I'm Colleen Duddy and I'm a freshman communications major here at Saint Joseph's University. At SJU, I'm involved in APEX and I'm a sister of the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. I love SJU, writing, and surrounding myself with inspiring people.

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