So you’re all coming with different stories, different backgrounds and different reasons for different majors, different purposes and different goals, but here’s the one thing you all can’t change. You’re all here at a Christian university, and this is my challenge to you: to keep and grow your faith during your time at Redeemer. I can hear your responses already, “How hard can that be? Isn’t Redeemer a Christian university?” Hear me out.
Some of the most wonderful things I have grown to appreciate about Redeemer are that the professors pray before class, chapel is held on campus every Wednesday, and dorms openly hold spontaneous worship sessions on their porches. However, these are exactly the kinds of things that can have a way of making you feel way too comfortable with your spot in the Redeemer bubble. I’m not saying for a moment that the bubble is bad. I like the bubble! But get too comfy in this bubble for one moment, and you will not succeed at meeting my challenge!
The presence of such things on campus (prayer, chapel, worship) does not mean everything is always going to be happy and easy. During your time at Redeemer you will most likely struggle and hurt for reasons that may or may not be school related. When these moments hit, the first part of my challenge to you is not to fall into the idea that just because you’re in a safe, Christian environment, moments of struggle and hurt won’t affect you. The second part of my challenge to you is to use the people and events at Redeemer to help you keep and grow your faith. Whether you choose to interact with professors, RA’s or porchmates will be up to you and whether or not you choose to attend chapel, HotSpot, or Church in the Box will also be up to you. I guess my point is that these people and events are here for you, but it’s kind of a two-way relationship. Your RA will be there for you, but I challenge you to let them be your mentor. Church in the Box will always happen once a month, but I challenge you to attend and make an effort to soak in the worship and the message.
The third and final part of my challenge to you is this: step out of the bubble once in a while. It’s a good bubble, but why keep it to yourself? Perhaps you’ll even surprise yourself at how you might be able to keep and grow your faith when you get off campus and get involved with a downtown ministry or a kids club at a local church. I know it surprised me.
So there’s my challenge to you for this school year. You can take it or leave it, but let me know how it goes for you!
- Sharon Ngai
You begin packing for your first year of university and you suddenly realize how many things you use every single day. The next thing you realize is that you’re really unsure of what you should and shouldn’t bring to your dorm at Redeemer.
1. Bedding. Your bed has to be comfortable and cozy to sleep in, but it might serve a couple of other functions as well. If you’re like me, you’ll already be super excited about decorating your room. One way you can do this is by bringing sheets/pillow cases/a duvet cover with interesting designs on them. Your bed might also turn into a prime hangout spot during the day so a few extra pillows might be a good idea.
2. Alarm clock. This is useful if you have early classes or if you need a wake up call from your afternoon nap. It’s also handy to always know what time it is so you’ll (hopefully) never be late.
3. Clothes. This is an obvious one, but if you live far away from Redeemer’s campus like I do and can’t go home to grab your coat every time it snows, you’ll need to bring clothes for all different types of weather.
4. Hangers. It’s good to get those clothes up off of the floor every once and a while.
5. Laundry basket/detergent/change. When you live on campus, you’ll have access to laundry facilities. Again, if you live far away from home, these washers and dryers will become a friend you visit every one or two weeks. You’ll need a basket to carry your clothes in, detergent to wash them with, and a collection of loonies and quarters to feed the machines.
6. Towels. Whether you prefer showers or baths, these are always essential.
7. Dishes/cutlery/tea towels/dishcloth/cleaning rags. Make sure to check with your R.A which kitchen items you’ll need. It’s a safe bet to bring at least one set of microwave-safe dishes (plate, bowl, cup) and a few pieces of cutlery (fork, spoon, knife). A few tea towels, a dishcloth, and a few cleaning rags will also be super useful when you’re cleaning up. The general rule is that if everyone brings a few of each item, there will be enough for everyone in the dorm.
8. Laptop and desk supplies. If you have one, bring it. If you prefer taking class notes by hand, that’s totally fine. But sometimes you’ll have to do research/write papers when the library is closed. It’s also a good way to keep in touch with family and friends from back home. You’re a student… paper and pens are definitely a necessity.
9. Mirror. This is good to have if the bathrooms are occupied and you need to fix your hair before you leave the dorm.
10. Lamp. Just in case your roommate goes to bed a bit earlier than you do… or if you’re up a bit later to finish some reading for tomorrow morning’s class.
11. Movies and games. Bring your favourite movies to watch and games to play with your dorm and porchmates.
12. Lawn chair/running shoes/ice skates. For outdoor activities any time of the year. Hamilton has tons of beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls. Also, a skating rink is usually made somewhere on campus in the winter. Bring your skates if that’s something you’d want to check out!
13. Decorations. When I moved into my dorm, the first thing I did was try to make my dorm room feel like home. The first thing to remember is that your room should be in the same condition when you leave as when you arrived. The second is to be mindful and considerate of your roommate. There are easy and inexpensive ways to make the space yours.
- Pictures from home. Buy collage frames to sit on your desk or cover your walls with pictures using sticky tack.
- Art/Photography/Posters. This is a really easy way to make your dorm room look a bit more sophisticated and grown up. Whether you dabble in painting or photography or collect the work of others, decorating this way is great for showcasing your interests and/or hobbies. Matte the photography or art you want to display on black bristol board and use sticky tack to hang them up. If you have frames that you want to hang up on the wall, use CommandTM Brand Damage-Free Hooks – they will hold your frames and will not damage the walls when removed.
- Novels. You may not have any time to read them, but filling a shelf or two with books adds a certain amount of character to the room and can spark conversation with new friends.
What not to decorate with: empty alcohol containers, candles/incense, permanent hardware (nails), paint, offensive or inappropriate décor, chalk/crayon, or street/road signs.
The entire dorm is furnished so you don’t need to bring any extra furniture. This includes kitchen appliances, a dining room table, living room couches, and bedroom furniture (bed, closet/dresser, desk). If you’re unsure about a specific item, the best thing to do is ask your R.A. He or she will be bringing a lot of things and will delegate among you and your housemates who should bring what (e.g. a TV, a blender, etc.).
I hope this list will make packing a bit less overwhelming and a bit more exciting as you prepare to move into your dorm!
2012-2013 Student Senate
Hey there, future friends!
You may notice on your account statement for the upcoming semester a fee called “Student Senate Fee.” You might be wondering, what is that for? Well, Student Senate is the student government body at Redeemer, which is a little bit like your high school student council but with a lot more responsibility (and maybe a lot more fun too)! We act as a liaison between students and administration and provide funding for a variety of clubs and activities, as well as handle the contract with the Redeemer bus system. Our vision is to glorify God through all of our actions, seeking to advance His kingdom and to promote a spirit of service within the student body. Because this is a very broad scope, we narrow it down into thirteen positions filled by dedicated students.
We have a President (that’s me, Danica), who chairs our meetings, provides direction, and regularly meets with administration. We have three vice presidents: Finance (TBD), who handles the budgets for clubs and advises on financial issues; Student Affairs (Keith), who brings student concerns to Senate, assists the President, and organizes panels; and Communications (Hayley), who handles all correspondence through firstname.lastname@example.org
, puts announcements in the daily Timeout email, sends out weekly emails, and manages the Senate Facebook Page. We have two committee chairs: our Spiritual Activities and Services Committee (SASC) Chair (Laura), who runs events such as 24/7 Prayer Week, Hotspot, and Fall and Winter Retreat; and our Activities Chair (Jackie) who puts on events such as Coffeehouse, Harvest Hoedown, and Banquet.
We also have four General Senators: our Information Officer (Anna Marie) who maintains our bulletin board and takes meeting minutes; the Mature, International, and Commuter (MIC) Representative (Lauren) who puts on events such as Commuter Cafe and international student outings; the Senate Clubs Coordinator (Megan) who oversees The Crown (the newspaper), The Minstrel (our media arts magazine), Anno Domini (the yearbook), and the Recreation Center; and our Student Clubs Coordinator (Abigail) who oversees all of the other clubs run by students on campus and puts together the Club Showcase at the beginning of the year.
Last but not least, we also have three first year senators who each serve as an assistant to one of the vice presidents and sit on either the SASC or Activities Committees (helping with event planning) as well as plan a fundraiser each year for Senate’s sponsored child, Thongdee. These are positions that you can apply for at the beginning of the year, and we will choose candidates in early September. I encourage you to think about applying, as it is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other students and find out about some of the “inner workings” of Redeemer. As well, there is a bit of an honorarium (read: money!) as an incentive. The time commitment is about 4-5 hours a week, with 3 hours, which can be spaced out, in the Senate Office being available to help students, and 1-2 hours every Tuesday night at 10pm for our weekly Senate Meeting. I can honestly say I’ve had a blast working with Senate for the past two years, and I hope you consider applying! Very soon you will receive a package in the mail from Redeemer. In it you’ll find a letter from yours truly and an application form with instructions.
Want to know more about Senate? You can visit us at www.redeemer.ca/senate
or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RUCStudentSenate
Want to know more about clubs you can join? Check out http://www.redeemer.ca/life/studentActivities/clubsAndOutreach.aspx
, and if you click on the club name you can email the club leader with any questions you have about getting involved!
I hope you have a fantastic rest of the summer, and I am excited to meet you!
Art Crawl on James St. North takes place every second Friday of each month.
To say I was really excited to live in Hamilton when I first came to Redeemer is a bit of an overstatement. I grew up in a town just outside of the city, where most people choose to go in the opposite direction of Steeltown. As I ventured off campus, however, I discovered a city completely opposed to everything I grew up hearing described. I discovered a vibrant and ambitious city with a flourishing arts scene and beautiful natural landscapes. It’s safe to say that I fell head over heels in love with Hamilton throughout my first year at Redeemer – so much so that I now live downtown! As a result, here I am writing a blog post to YOU, the incoming student, about why you should love Hamilton too. So here are my top five reasons why you are bound to fall in love with your new city of residence:
1) Art Crawl – If there is one thing you can do at least once during the school year, it is attend one of the monthly Art Crawls on James St. North, which take place every second Friday of each month. After attending my first crawl (which is aptly named as you slowly ‘crawl’ between art galleries), many of my misconceptions about Hamilton disappeared. I found myself walking along a funky street, looking at the work of some really creative artists and passing by talented buskers. Eat a meal at one of the many nearby restaurants or food trucks, grab a warm drink at the Mulberry Coffeehouse, and take a stroll with some friends!
2) Waterfalls – When you drive by this sprawling city on the highway, you might discount it completely based on its industrial appearance. You will soon discover, however, that Hamilton is actually a city of natural splendor! Hidden along its tree-covered escarpment are many wonderful trails leading to beautiful waterfalls. These are great places to take photos, and even take a shallow dip (if you’re really adventurous!). Check out www.cityofwaterfalls.ca
for a comprehensive list of waterfalls in the area!
3) History – Aside from its fantastic culture and beautiful scenery, Hamilton is also deeply rich in history. For those of you who love to understand the past of particular places, the Hammer has plenty to offer you. Experience the reenactment of the famed Battle of Stoney Creek, explore Dundurn Castle, (Sir Allan MacNab’s former mansion), or look at a collection of historical warplanes at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Learning about the history of the place you live in can be extremely helpful in helping you feel rooted, which is important as you spend the next four years in this city!
4) Food Trucks – This is going to sound wacky, but one of my favourite things about Hamilton is its crazy food truck culture. You might think buying food from a truck isn’t something to write home about, but the food trucks here are definitely noteworthy. Over the past several years, Hamilton has built a reputation for great food trucks thanks to a bunch of crazy entrepreneurs who have decided to serve delicious niche foods through windows placed on custom steel trucks with full-service kitchens inside. Look them up on Facebook or Twitter to find out where they’re dishing out fresh eats! My recommendations: Dirty South, Gorilla Cheese, or Karma Chamealeon.
5) Opportunities – As a person who loves to get involved and help out, Hamilton fulfilled my needs instantly. I discovered a city filled with innovative activists and dedicated volunteers. Whether it was the tireless members of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association I got involved with or the campaign against a downtown casino that I joined, soon enough I found myself become a contributing citizen of this changing city. As Hamilton transitions from an industrial steel-making city into a hotbed of creativity and innovation, there are endless opportunities to volunteer and be a part of something big. I encourage you to contribute to the grand vision that young people like you and I can help create for Hamilton!
Redeemer has a rich live music scene involving current students, alumni, and other local musicians. This music scene has grown organically with intentional additions of fertilizer from the university administration to assist students who are exploring their gifts of song-writing and performance. Performing in front of audiences are great learning opportunities, so Redeemer tries to create a variety of options for all skill and commitment levels. Below, I’ll outline some of these different venues of live performance available (in order of commitment).
Coffeehouse is a monthly gathering of students organized by Student Senate that includes skits, comedy, poetry, and live music. Any student can sign up to perform and are given time for one or two songs. Many students enjoy this outlet and are content playing at coffeehouses but have no interest in other opportunities.
If a band forms out of coffeehouse performances, or a student is a member of a local band, another opportunity is the annual Battle of the Bands in which 5 finalists are given 20 minutes to perform. These finalists are chosen by a student vote and a panel of judges. Usually there are 10 – 12 entries and some bands enter multiple years in a row and have to work hard to gain a finalist spot. This work is just a taste of the practice and skill needed to gain fans. Some bands work hard to craft a 20 minute set that they can show off to their friends and family under professional lights with professional sound and the memories, a few pictures and video is enough. The winner, as chosen by a panel of professional judges, is sent to a provincial competition with bands from other universities. The Arkells represented McMaster at this competition several years ago.
At this point the choice has to be made whether to continue pursuing other opportunities to play outside of Redeemer or to be content with the opportunities given on campus. A common theme heard from the Battle of the Bands panel of judges is that although the musicians are really talented, many of them do not show the experience on stage that comes with performing often.
If bands seek to play outside of the context of Redeemer, Student Life can provide some contacts into the local Hamilton music scene as well as advice on which opportunities may or may not be beneficial to the band. If bands seek to hone their skills on campus, then Student Life can work closely with them in organizing concerts in the Rec Centre or in the Black Box. These two venues are excellent places where 25 – 100 people can gather for a live music experience.
Along the way Redeemer doesn’t encourage or discourage students to pursue popular music as a career. Redeemer does however give the facts about the current state of the music industry by having students rub shoulders with alumni and local professionals who are willing to share their experiences. For example, today’s professional musician has to be flexible and his or her experience usually involves teaching lessons, performing in cover bands, writing music for television, and a multitude of other music-related jobs. By also bringing in touring acts, students can see the variety of jobs available in the music industry: from promoter, to tour manager, to sound technician, to publicist. And by engaging in the tough conversations, students will be challenged to pursue whatever career they choose from a Christian perspective.
So what should you do if you are coming to Redeemer with an itch to play music? Start by signing up to do a song at coffeehouse and see how you like it. If coffeehouse goes well, try looking for some other musicians and begin jamming in your dorm’s basement. Play with as many different people as you can and in just as many different styles. In my experience, bands formed at Redeemer aren’t usually the ones that succeed professionally… but the experience of being in a band at Redeemer is very helpful for the future bands in which you might be a member. And if at some point you realize that your itch has been satisfied and you no longer want to pursue music, we are glad you could make that discovery and still have fun doing it. Fun events involving live music in September: September 4th Folk Concert featuring Scott Orr and Miniver Sail
September Coffeehouse The City Harmonic with special guests Jennifer Budd and Eric Brandon
(The drummer of TCH is alumni and Jennifer is a current student). Looking for new music?
Check out some of these out these bands involving current and former Redeemer students. If you know of other interesting music acts involving Redeemer students or alumni, email email@example.com Allosaurus Ash & Bloom Bass Lions The City Harmonic The Good Hunters Illitry Jennifer Budd Miniver Sail Timid the Brave
You’ll notice that once you get to university you suddenly have to pay for those textbooks that your high school classes provided for you. The good news is that there are several different and equally easy ways to save money and find the textbooks you need.
1. Once you know your class schedule for the Fall Semester, the best way to find out which textbooks you’ll need is by checking out the textbook list provided on Redeemer’s website. It’s updated on a regular basis and can be found by going to www.redeemer.ca
clicking on future/current students
choosing “bookstore” from the drop down menu
clicking “textbook list” on the left side
choosing the appropriate semester: fall 2013
if you have any trouble navigating the website.
2. Redeemer’s on-campus bookstore has all of the current semester’s textbooks organized by course code. It makes shopping for all the books you need really easy and efficient. For returning students, the bookstore buys back textbooks at 50% of the original price (as long as the textbook is in good condition and is the current edition). These textbooks are then sold through the bookstore to other students at a reduced price.
The on-campus bookstore is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm and has extended hours during the first week of classes.
3. Located just outside of the bookstore is a bulletin board that students use throughout the semester to post the titles they are selling or are looking to buy. Since the location is right in the middle of the academic building, it usually has quite a bit of traffic between classes.
4. For today’s online generation, the bulletin board has conveniently been taken online. There is an open Facebook group, which describes itself as “a group to help everyone find the textbooks they need for the [current] school year and to sell those they no longer need.” It has served as a really helpful tool for incoming, returning, or previous Redeemer students. Just search “Request or Advertise your books – Redeemer U/C
” in the Facebook search bar.
Having to buy textbooks may seem like a chore, but it can be made a lot easier if you check out the tips above. You’ll save money on the textbooks you need, earn some money back with the textbooks you sell, and maybe you’ll even find a few books that you’ll want to keep!
Prior to beginning my studies at Redeemer, I spent 6 months serving a church community in the urban metropolis of Manila, in the Philippines. Coming out of this experience and entering an academic community, finding ways to serve the poor and finding opportunities to pursue justice were priorities. Thankfully, I found myself in a community filled with people with similar passions, and opportunities to serve were not hard to find. I soon found myself being mentored and encouraged in my endeavours by a Redeemer staff member.
Around the same time that I began my studies at Redeemer, Steve Dykstra began his role as Community Development Coordinator. In this role, Steve has worked hard to connect students with volunteer opportunities in the city while also developing a Community Service-Learning program at Redeemer. This program aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn experientially by integrating community service with academic learning. As I became more involved in the leadership of Redeemer service activities, Steve was always available to help me reflect on how and why we serve. Furthermore, he challenged me to think differently and wrestle with the implications of service to the poor. Steve lives downtown with his wife and his baby boy Samuel, and as I fell more and more in love with the city of Hamilton (yes, it’s possible!), he served as an example of living intentionally in all areas of life.
During your time at Redeemer, you will be stretched in many different ways (academically, socially, spiritually, etc.). I encourage you to find ways to give back to the community, to give life to the poor, and to find light in the darkness of this city. You don’t have to be too afraid because there are plenty of ways to get involved. If you are like me, you may have grown up in a small town and standing in a big city can be scary and intimidating. There are new people, strange sights, and weird smells. Soon enough, however, you will find that the city, especially Hamilton, has so much to offer you. If you are looking for ways to become involved, or you are just wondering why you should love Hamilton, come by Steve’s office and introduce yourself. I’m sure you will learn more than you ever expected when you begin taking your learning outside of the classroom and into the streets of Steeltown!
You probably know that going into first year with a little bit of fear is inevitable. Maybe you’ll be moving to a new city, into a new community, or maybe just away from the comfort of the home you grew up in. But you probably also know that beginning post-secondary education is exciting and opens up so many new opportunities.
You’ve heard it all before: university is a time to make new friends, a time to learn (even if it is just how to cook for yourself) and a time to experience life in ways you never thought were possible. But university is also a time of transition, a time of unknowns, and a time that will challenge and stretch your faith – and let me tell you… this is the stuff I underestimated.
The aspect of my first year experience that taught me these things the most was dorm life. It might be easy enough to read up on the classes you might be taking and the professors you’ll have and maybe even the orientation events you’ll be participating in as a first year student at Redeemer, but it might not be so easy to prepare for dorm life (trust me, preparing for this requires a little more than stalking your new housemates on Facebook).
- First thing to remember: you’re being welcomed. Those who attend Redeemer are usually pretty enthusiastic about new students and want to share their excitement. Try not to be too overwhelmed. Move-in Day is filled with hello’s and registration and goodbye’s and unpacking. When your head hits the pillow for the very first time you might feel anxious or elated or intimidated or inspired. What’s more likely is that you’ll feel a messy combination of all of these emotions and more. The greatest thing about the first few days on campus is that the excitement is contagious.
- Second thing to remember: you’ll be living with strangers. They’ll be from all over Canada and maybe even from all over the world. Learning about one another within the first few days and trying your best to give a great first impression can be exhausting. It sounds cheesy, but the best advice I can give is to be you. You may not have everything in common with your new housemates but the great thing about those differences is that you can learn new things and share new experiences with one another.
- Third thing to remember: one of these strangers will be your roommate. Meeting a brand new person and then almost immediately having to sleep in the same room as them can be a little strange. You’ll soon learn that your roommate goes to bed REALLY early… or that he or she isn’t as much of a bookworm as you are. But you’ve been paired up for a reason – whether that’s shared interests in sports or music or discernment through prayer from your R.A’s.
- Fourth thing to remember: you’ll have either one or two R.A’s (Residence Advisors). This is a fancy title for a third or fourth year student that will be living with you and guiding you through your first year experience at Redeemer. Maybe you’re looking forward to complete independence as you move away from home… or maybe you’ll be completely relieved to learn that there are one or two people who have been praying for you since before they even knew your name. As much as you are responsible for yourself and the decisions you make, it’s reassuring to know that your R.A’s are looking out for you.
- Fifth thing to remember: living in a dorm includes participating in devos once a week. Whether you’re from a church tradition that is open in sharing about faith journeys, or you’re not used to talking about your relationship with God, or if you don’t come from any tradition at all, it can be daunting to open yourself up to strangers. As a nervous first year, I learned that sometimes the things we are most nervous about present the best opportunities for growth. Even if you’re not comfortable with speaking about your faith or with praying aloud right away, it’s important to know that listening is an equally important part of participating in weekly devotions. You’ll be surprised – happily, I hope – to discover that God is present and is working in you.
- Sixth thing to remember: sometimes there will be dirty dishes that aren’t yours. Or noise that you’re not making. Living in a house with seven other people can be chaotic and busy. Being honest – but loving – with one another (whether directly or through your R.A’s) about your frustrations can go a long way to creating a safe and encouraging atmosphere. And your R.A’s will do their best to help you and your housemates balance fun with homework (and with those pesky chores that creep up about once a week).
- Seventh (and most important) thing to remember: the unknowns about first year and about how you’ll experience them can be nerve-racking… and even if it doesn’t seem like it at first, all of these fears will be temporary. Dorm life at Redeemer is a really unique experience. Those strangers on my first day in Dorm 6 quickly became friends… and before I knew it, those strangers became family.
How many universities do you know that will pretty much stop and gather together to devote an hour for worship each week?
Redeemer understands how stressful university life can be for students with readings, papers, etc… We have to do the work, but at the same time we must humble ourselves and listen to He who is above all. Chapel is offered once a week – every Wednesday at 11 AM – where the president, staff, faculty, and students are all equal under God our heavenly Father; it is beautiful to see over 50 Christian denominations come together and worship the One True God, the Alpha and Omega.
Chapel consists of a worship team – predominantly made up of students and our chaplains of course. These 50 minutes is a time not only of prayer, songs, and reflection of the Word of God, but it is also a time to unwind and unload from the busyness of university life – to be at rest in the Fathers arms. A cell phone can’t go for a long time on one charge, can it? So it is the same with you and I; we can’t go for long on one charge, we need to plug ourselves to that Life source and get a energy boost, this one is closer then Starbucks and its FREE lol…
One of my favorite songs we sign is called “My Friends May you Grow in Grace” (I get choked up even watching it on youtube lol). Here at Redeemer we are more than a university, there is always something new that we find that makes Redeemer home away from home – chapel is one of those things.
Smooth hair? Check. Big smile? Check. Flawless makeup? Check? Fresh piece of gum? Check.
Please tell me that I was not the only one with this checklist running through my head during the first week of university!
Coming in as a first year student, first impressions were a huge deal to me. Here I was, a young 17 year old entering a school where the older students were probably all best friends, and all the incoming students would be, in my mind, pretty, popular, and bubbly.
Looking back now, with a year under my belt, I don’t know how I was so short-sighted in my thinking. I’ve always known it was wrong to base friendships on superficial characteristics, but that’s the low expectation that I was shrinking down to meet. I was expecting people to judge me in the shallow way that I knew would not lead to lasting friendships.
After the first month or two passed, I would reminisce with my friends about LAUNCH week, and to be honest, I didn’t really remember many of the people I had met back then. Don’t get me wrong- I loved LAUNCH! But it was a busy time, and all the new people I met would get lost in the jumble of information in my mind. It was at this time that I realized that my expectations about first impressions were wrong, especially at a school like Redeemer.
If you haven’t discovered it by now, you will soon realize what a great community Redeemer is. The dorms, small class sizes, and many activities quickly turns a group of strangers into one big family. And as you know with your own family, you can’t stay hidden behind a mask for long- they really get to know you.
So those once-important first impressions will fade to the background as the real you is revealed. Sure, you may have some ugly parts (don’t we all?), but the real you will come shining through with all of your uniqueness that is just waiting to be treasured.
After a few weeks of school, I could see my dorm mates starting to hang out with people that weren’t from our dorm. I started to panic, thinking I would be a loner and never make friends of my own. But of course, as the year progressed, I did make friends, and I’m sure I have many more to make over the next three years.
Based off of my own experience, here are some tips to “get out there” and make some new friends:
1. Take advantage of social opportunities.
Redeemer offers many ways to get to know people, whether it’s a club, sports team, small group, dorm dinner, or just going over to a random dorm to meet people. And the great thing about going to a small school is that you’re bound to run in to people that you’ve just met in the hall and in your classes.
2. Pray for them.
Friends are a gift from God- ask Him for some! And when you do start forming friendships, take advantage of any opportunity to pray with them, whether they’ve lost their student card, are worried for a test, or are having family struggles. I know that this has given me a unique bond with some of my friends.
3. Be Patient.
University life is a huge adjustment, and it could take a few days to a few months to feel completely comfortable being yourself again. Relax, don’t worry, and focus on being a friend whenever an opportunity arises.
Hope this has helped, and I look forward to meeting you all soon!