Jul 272010
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Dawit Assefa from Off Campus Life said having a good roommate makes the transition to living outside the residence halls smoother because students have less to worry about outside of classes and work.

For that reason, Off Campus Life has put on its Roommate Round Up program at the beginning of every semester for the last 20 years and will host sessions on Aug. 3 and 4 at 5 p.m. in Lory Student Center rooms 214, 215 and 216.

“The idea came from student staff working in the office many years back who saw a need for students to connect with each other for roommating purposes,” said Off Campus Life Director Jeannie Ortega.

Assefa, who works in the office as a student staff member, said the program usually brings out anywhere from 10 to 60 participants depending on the time of year.

“Over the years we have had great turnout at events, and we periodically conduct surveys as to how helpful the sessions have been for students,” Ortega said, adding that the majority of students said they would recommend a friend or use the program again.

The upcoming sessions, she said, are good for students who are moving into a new living space in mid-August or had a roommate back out of the commitment.

Assistant News Editor Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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