What are Dons?
Residence Dons are one of the many points of reference for students living in residence. Making the transition to living away from home and studying in university can seem intimidating at first, which is why Dons are available to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Dons are upper-year Brock students that live amongst the students in residence. In traditional residences, there will be a “House” or “Floor” Don. In Village, a “Court” Don and in Quarry View, a “Block” Don.
The Don of Activities are dedicated to facilitating fun, social programs and events in residence to build a sense of community among the students. Some examples of these events include:
- Using the firepit on campus to make s’mores
- Visits to our swimming pool on campus where students can swim, lounge in the whirpool, or sit in the sauna
But hey, as much as we would like university to be all fun and games, academics is a very important aspect of post-secondary education! As such, we have Dons of Academics. These Dons support students in becoming the best student they can be. This includes connecting students with the academic resources and services available to students on-campus (such as academic workshops about exam study tips, how to write a scholarly paper, how to find scholarly articles) or providing referrals to students in need of academic assistance. My Don of Academics identified which students in our residence building were in the same program or were enrolled in the same classes. By doing so, we were connected with like-minded peers, and were able to organize group study sessions, have someone to walk to class and sit with, or even share a textbook with!
Head Residents monitor residence life in their residence building. They assist in the administrative decisions and disciplinary matters concerning residence.
I, of all people, know that living away from home can be intimidating at first. But I am here to reassure you (and your parents) that our extensive residence life staff work together to ensure that students’ residence experience is a positive one. As well, they ensure that they are developing “both sides of their brain” 😉
I loved my experience in residence and I would not change it for the world. I will be sharing my personal story in another blog to come so keep your eyes peeled!
I’ll be hitting you with another residence FAQ on Monday. Until then, TGIF and have a lovely weekend!