As the Executive Director of Residential Life, I extend my personal welcome to those returning students and a big hello for the new students living on campus for the first time. I am very excited for the start of a new school year. Our staff has worked very hard this summer to prepare the halls and apartments for your arrival, and schedule activities to engage and ease your transition to LSU. I invite you to make yourself at home in your room and residence hall community, and encourage you to get to know your new neighbors.
Your new home and friends are part of a special community at LSU. Get to know the students on your floor and your Residence Assistant (RA). We will help in the adjustment to your new home, but it is up to you to become an active member of your new community. This is the first step in making your college experience the best years of your life. You will make life long friends through your contacts at LSU. We offer a wide range of programs and activities in your hall and on campus. Be an explorer, seek out opportunities and new friends. You will be glad you did.
Your RA is an important part of our staff and is here to help you, so I encourage you to get to know your RA. He/she is a fellow student who has enjoyed living in the residence halls and can assist you in making a successful transition to college life. Going to college is a big step and can present new obstacles. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying your time at LSU. Your RA and hall staff are ready and willing to assist you with any problems you may encounter. Don’t be bashful. If they can’t provide immediate assistance, they will connect you with someone who can.
I also encourage you to get involved and become a leader. We have a dynamic Residence Hall Association (RHA) with many challenging, fun, and rewarding leadership positions. You may even want to consider applying for a RA position. There are many opportunities, so don’t let them get away. You could help make your hall or LSU a better place for now and for the students of the future.
Take advantage of the study groups and faculty available in your hall. They can help you to get off on the right foot with your studies and can make it easier to adjust to the academic challenges ahead. They can be a big help with your personal progress towards graduation.
Again, I welcome you to LSU, your new college home, and the Department of Residential Life. On behalf of the staff and all of LSU, I wish you the best and may this be the best year of your life. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you make yourself at home!
Steven D. Waller
Executive Director of Residential Life