Living on Campus: Reminders From an RA
Make the most of your first year living on campus with these tips from Resident Advisor (RA) Hannah Miller (’24).
Hey there! I’m Hannah Miller, a sophomore majoring in Aeronautics with minors in UAS, Homeland Security and Military Science. Also an RA in the ROTC-themed community in Wood Hall, I’m thrilled to be able to share some words of wisdom as you find your new campus home here in Daytona Beach.
Make the most of move-in day. This is an exciting day that you’ll never forget, and it shouldn’t be stressful. Be sure to take advantage of the O-Team and Residence Life staff who can help you move furniture, raise or lower beds, unlock or hold doors and answer any other questions you may have. Take it easy on your family, too – let them help you, hug you and just enjoy the day with you!
Prioritize what you pack. As tempting as it may be to bring your entire room with you to college, it’s just not realistic. Messy and cramped rooms can cause unnecessary stress or roommate conflict. You’ll also want to review the Community Standards for a refresher on items that aren’t allowed and should be left at home.
Bring items that give you joy. Surround yourself with things that make you happy like stuffed animals, pictures, posters, plants, games – whatever boosts your serotonin! Pro tip: when buying new items or décor for your dorm, have them delivered to the local Target, Walmart, etc. for pickup once you’re settled.
Go to your RA for anything. As RAs, it is our job to be there for anything you need. You can come to us for emergencies, stressful classes, tutoring or even just to chat. We love talking with you and truly care about your safety and success, so please, come see us!
Don’t forget self-care. College is crazy. It’s fantastic and a lot of fun, but it can also be extremely stressful and take a toll on your mental health. Remember to take some time to separate yourself from work and decompress. Head to the beach, grab a coffee, watch the planes take off, hang out with your friends or go work out – anything you need to do to keep your sanity! Maintain your mental health along the way instead of when you’re at your wit’s end.
More About Hannah
Miller is a member of Women in Aviation, the local Army Aviation Association of America chapter and Army ROTC. With dreams of joining the U.S Army as a helicopter pilot and flying AH-64 Apaches after graduation, she became an RA to strengthen her leadership and problem-solving skills. After being in the position for just a semester, she’s built friendships, gained knowledge and created a tight community in her residence hall.