5 Reasons Living on Campus in a Residence Hall Is a Great Idea

With a move-in date this September, Shoreline Community College’s brand new residence hall could be the best place for Shoreline students who want to engage with their campus, their classmates, and have a traditional U.S. college experience!

Here are 5 reasons why living on campus when you come to study at Shoreline is a great idea.

You’ll be part of a community

When you live in a residence hall on campus, staff work to help create a sense of community among the students living there by planning and hosting events and activities like movie nights and video game tournaments in cozy common areas like the one above. You’ll meet lots of new people and make friends that you’ll have for life. The people I met in my residence hall are still some of my best friends today!

Staff will be there to support you

Our residence hall will have a full-time Director who will live in the hall. Additionally, there will be four student Resident Assistants living in the hall to help you with anything you need. If you’re feeling homesick, you’re adjusting to your new life as a college student in the U.S., or you just want to meet new people, you’ll always be able to talk to the Resident Assistants!

There will also be 24-hour security in case of emergencies.

Students who live on campus do better academically

Researchers have found that students who live on campus tend to get higher scores in their classes than other students. They also show more development, gain greater interpersonal self-esteem, and generally report having a better experience with their undergraduate education!

Lots of amenities for residents

Because our residence hall is brand new, all the rooms are beautifully finished. Plus, they already have tables, beds, chairs, and all the other furniture you’ll need, so you won’t have to worry about buying any!

Students who live there will also have kitchens with modern appliances that will make even people who don’t know how to cook want to learn! There will also be a shuttle that runs from the residence hall to nearby supermarkets, so if you don’t want to drive or walk, you can just hop on the shuttle to get your shopping done. Residents will also have access to free, secure Wi-Fi. Water, electricity, and gas are also provided at no extra cost.

You’ll be right on campus!

If you enjoy having a slow, peaceful morning, or if you don’t like waking up early, living on campus is the best! It will take you 10 minutes or less to walk to your classroom, and you won’t have to worry about driving or taking the bus every day. And between classes, it will be very easy for you to go home if you want to do some cooking, have your own space to relax, or take a nap! Shoreline’s campus is also, as you can see above, a beautiful, green, and relaxing environment. It’s the perfect place to live!

Of course, these are just some of the great things about living on campus. Rooms are filling up quickly, so be sure to apply to live in our residence hall as soon as you can! You can apply at our residence hall’s website.

Shoreline Welcomes New Students from 24 Countries

Shoreline Community College welcomed students from 24 countries, representing 5 of the 7 continents, to Fall 2018 Orientation.

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At Orientation, students registered for classes, got set up with their new email accounts, and learned what they need to know to thrive as new international students. Plus, they got to meet their 2018-19 Associated Student Government President, Denish Oleke, who shared his own experience with them and inspired them to get involved on campus.

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Shoreline staff and student leaders also took our new international students on a tour of Seattle and introduced them to some of the most popular places to visit in the city, including Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, and Alki Beach.

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Shoreline Celebrates Earth Week

Earth Day is observed all around the world on April 22nd annually. Shoreline Community College holds a yearly celebration for Earth Week each spring quarter. Earth Week reminds students of how important it is to take care of our environment.

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On Friday, April 20th, four clubs and organizations, Environmental Club, World Philosophers and Dismal Science Society club (WP&DSS), Tree Campus USA, and the Washington Native Plant society as well as Student Life all participated in Shoreline’s Earth Week events. All throughout the week, members of Environmental Club and WP&DSS were providing information through creative booths and fun games.

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Shoreline’s own Environmental Club provides information for the students about our environment and gave out volunteering opportunities to the students. Members of the club usually work in the Deep Roots garden and the greenhouse at Shoreline campus.

The Environmental Club encourages students to get closer to nature, which is why they take trips every quarter to observe plants, trees, and learn about animals and the ecosystem around them. They are also involved in planting trees in Boeing Creek Park which is right beside Shoreline’s campus. This year during Earth Week, the Environmental Club gave out free baby plants they grew themselves.

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Another fabulous activity of this year’s Earth Week is Student Life promoting the three Es of sustainability that not only relate to ecological issues but also issues of economics and equity. Student Life has a student committee called SCOF (Sustainability and Commuter Options Fee committee) that all students are welcome to attend and express their ideas. SCOF provides free reusable water bottles and many other things to help maintain the sustainability of the campus.

If you still want to help make an impact on the environment, SCOF holds meetings every other week on Wednesdays.

Destiny Hartanto, International Marketing Assistant

MLK Week at Shoreline

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shoreline Community College. Learn about the events and opportunities happening around campus for students, staff, and faculty to get involved.

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Tuesday, January 16, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Volunteering at Mary’s Place

Join Student Life as we honor MLK Jr. by serving our community. We will be volunteering at Mary’s Place from 9am-3pm (2-hour shifts). Mary’s Place provides housing, employment, and wellness resources for women and families experiencing homelessness in Seattle. For more information and to sign up, visit the Student Life Volunteering Page.

Wednesday, January 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB 9208: Keynote Speaker: Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is an organizer, educator, teaching-artist, and attorney. She has been actively involved in social justice movements including Black Lives Matter and No Youth Jail. In 2015, she received the Artist Human Rights Leader Award from the City of Seattle for her artist and activist work. Last year, Oliver ran for Mayor with the Peoples Party of Seattle – a collection of community and civic leaders, lawyers, artists, activists, and teachers.

Thursday, January 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB Lounge: BSU Open Mic

Inspired by MLK Jr.’s work and legacy, this open mic invites the campus community to collectively explore and critically think about social justice through artistic expression.

Thursday, January 25, 2:00pm – 4:30pm PUB 9208: Social Justice Collective Open House

The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. We are a new group that will be recruiting members from all over campus. Come to this meet and greet! Come for pizza! Learn more about social justice and how to participate in social justice on campus. ALL are welcome!

– Meg Humphrey (event descriptions from the events calendar)

Tips for Finals

Start Preparing Early! Trying to cram an entire quarter’s notes into your head the night before a test is not a good way to study. A final paper you wrote the day before it was due will not be your best work. Take time now to make a plan! Make lists of all the things you need to do and spread them out evenly over the days before finals. If your instructors haven’t already said what finals will be like, don’t be afraid to ask them. They’ll be glad you’re taking studying seriously.

Find the Right Environment to Study! How and where you study is important. Study groups and studying with friends can be helpful to keep each other on track. However, if you spend more time chatting than reviewing, try studying by yourself instead. Sometimes studying at home can be difficult because you don’t have a good study space or you end up doing something else in your room. Try going out to a library or a café where the only thing you have to do is study.

Use Your Technology Wisely! Your phone or laptop can be great tools, but it’s easy to end up browsing social media or watching a movie rather than studying. If you don’t need to be on the internet to do your studying, turn your wi-fi off and keep your phone in your bag or pocket.

Set Small Goals! Forty pages of notes, 8 chapters of reading, or a 10 page paper can be overwhelming. It’s important to set smaller, easier goals. It’s also important to take proper breaks when you reach those goals. Breaking it down into a step-by-step process, and giving yourself proper rest, will help you get through it!

Start Your Day Right! Don’t worry if you had to leave your home in a hurry, the International Peer Mentors will be hosting a Finals Breakfast Tuesday, December 12 through Thursday, December 14. Stop by the third floor of the PUB between 8:00am and 10:30am to pick up a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, yogurt, pastries, or fruit! For more information, see the Finals Breakfast Facebook event page.

– Meg Humphrey

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Badminton Tournament

International Education Week wraps up with a Badminton Tournament on Friday, November 17. The tournament is held in the main gym from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Even if you don’t play, go and cheer on your fellow Phins! Winners of the tournament will receive movie vouchers.

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Sign up online or visit the International Education Department (9302) and sign up at the front desk. The deadline to sign up is 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 15. This event is open to all current Shoreline students.

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Make sure you check out other International Education Week events and follow along at the International Education Facebook Page.

– Meg Humphrey

International Myths & Tales Panel

All cultures have their own myths and tales. Sometimes myths explain how the Earth was formed and created, or discuss heroes and magical figures. Others are used to teach valuable lessons about how to behave or why people live a certain way. These stories are universal, and there is a lot to learn from the myths of other countries.

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The International Myths & Tales Panel will be in the Quiet Dining Room in the PUB on Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Celebrate International Education Week and join your fellow Shoreline students and staff as we share myths and tales from all over the globe!

For more information about International Education Week, check out the International Education Facebook page. Don’t miss the Photo Contest, Study Abroad Fair, Language Tables, and Badminton Tournament!

– Meg Humphrey