Resources in the Residence Halls
First Year Programming
Welcome Home! For many first-time freshmen, moving into the residence halls at Oglethorpe is their first time living away from home. With that in mind, Oglethorpe Residence Life strives to create a home away from home in which students can live, learn, and build a community. A range of programming and services are targeted specifically at first year students, addressing their needs, challenges, and interests.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are students that live and work in the residence halls. These students are the most visible and accessible members of the Residence Life staff and are thoroughly trained to address residents’ needs and problems through emergency response, conflict mediation, enforcing university policies, and programming. The 3 freshmen residence halls have the lowest RA to resident ratio, allowing for more interaction and accessibility for first year students and their RAs. RAs serve as both a resource and role model to students and work to make a resident’s hall or floor their Oglethorpe home.
A Peer Academic Leader (PAL) is an upperclassman who has demonstrated academic excellence while at Oglethorpe and is responsible serving as an academic mentor to first year students. PALs work with the Residence Life and Academic Success Center staff to offer resources to supplement first year students’ coursework and assist them in achieving academic and personal success. Each PAL is assigned a specific floor and group of students to work with, these first year students will have regular interaction with their PAL and programming targeted specifically at their academic needs.
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-run organization which acts as a voice for residents living on campus. The RHA consists of peer-elected representatives from every floor in the residence halls. RHA representatives work with the Residence Life staff to create programming, address student concerns, and suggest new residential policies. First year students are encouraged to be a part of the RHA and utilize this voice in their residence halls. For more information, visit Oglethorpe’s RHA webpage.
Battle of the Halls is a week-long competition occurring every fall, which consists of activities and events that build hall pride and community. Throughout the week, each hall competes in events that include trivia, games, door decorating, and flag football, and more. The winner of Battle of the Halls gets the coveted prize (and bragging rights) of being named that year’s Battle of the Halls Champions!
6-week challenge – While RAs are responsible for offering programming throughout the year, RAs in the 1st year halls participate in the 6 week challenge. Studies have shown that the first 6 weeks are a crucial time for first year students to form connections with their university and classmates, therefore RAs in the first year halls create and execute 6 programs within the first 6 weeks of the semester. This challenge is intended to helps first year students establish a place, a community, and ultimately a home from the beginning of their time at Oglethorpe.