It was a bittersweet weekend for students and parents as hundreds of students moved into the MacEwan Student Residence to begin a new academic year.
Many of the university's newest residents are moving to Edmonton from communities in rural and northern Alberta and across western Canada. For many, it’s their first time living away from home.
“We have quite a few students who are in their first year and we want to ensure they feel comfortable, safe and understand there are a variety of resident support services in place to make the transition as seamless as possible,” says Wendy Brost, senior manager, Residence Services.
One of those services is new software that helps students find their best roommate match before they arrive on campus. StarRez asks students to complete a questionnaire about things like music preferences and sleep habits, then uses the answers to build each person’s profile. Once a student identifies a potential roommate, the system generates a compatibility score. If it’s 80 per cent or more, odds are the match will be successful. And once a match is made, students can chat and send each other messages before they commit to sharing a room.
Check out CBC.ca to see how two first-year students found their roommate match.
As students arrived on campus for the first time this past weekend, volunteers were on hand to help answer their questions and navigate the move-in process. A group of residence assistants (RAs) will continue helping make the 13-storey building feel like home throughout the coming academic year.
Here are just a few photographic highlights of move-in weekend.
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