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Why Be Aware?

When living in Residence Hall communities, it is crucial to be aware of a multitude of ideas: your own actions, the behaviors of those around you, policies, diversity - the list goes on and on! Choosing to start your day off with a 'mindful moment' is a great way to begin a mindset of awareness, even in yourself. Follow the few tips below to begin awareness initiatives for yourself and those around you. 

  • Find out more about those around you - Take a moment to go to lunch or dinner with some of the members of your wing that you don't talk to as often as you would like. Find out what they like to do, where they come from, etc. You never know what commonalities you may have, and you may make some great friends along the way!
  • Take time to find out more about yourself - Think about your college experience so far. What are you confident in? Where do you want to grow? What are some of your strengths? Weaknesses? Ask yourself questions that you may not have explored before. You might get some great ideas!
  • Educate yourself - College is just as much about what you learn outside of the classroom as it is about what you learn inside the 'typical' setting. Challenge yourself to learn something new each day. It could be something about yourself, others, new concepts, etc. 
  • Be present - Being aware of your environment means being present mentally. Don't be a bystander - be active in your community and see where it takes you. To find out more, check out our link that talks more about bystander intervention here

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