Community and campus culture are at the heart of our residential experience. I hope you enjoyed hearing about them today from our current students in this week's featured video.
Living on campus is similar to being part of a small, close-knit village. There are so many personal relationships you will forge in your early days and weeks, starting with your roommates and the people living right around you.
Your network can quickly expand through meeting people in the dining centers, at the student organization fair in September, in your classes, at events sponsored by athletics, campus life, the identity centers, and the chaplaincy.
The pace and style for building relationships will look different for each one of you. Some of you may connect with others right away, while others may take time. There is no one way or timeline to find those with whom you will build good relationships, so try to keep perspective and trust that it will happen. What is true for everyone is that it takes effort and intentionality. That is why I encourage you to engage. Keep an open mind and a generous heart. Embrace living a little bit out of your comfort zone. Get to know as many of your classmates and peers as you can and get to know faculty and staff too. Help us build a community that is both joyful and purposeful.
The offices within Student Life that are supported by me and my team focus on empowering your ability to thrive in this community and beyond. During your time at Tufts, we will help you develop and hone life skills that will prepare you to lead other communities and organizations throughout your lifetime.
Through the webinars and these weekly messages, you've met me, the Orientation team, Residential Life and Learning, and Health and Wellness. Today you'll be introduced to the Student Support and Community Standards offices.
Once you are here on campus, I hope you'll regularly drop by the Dean of Students Office to meet me and my immediate colleagues to share your thoughts or ask us anything!
Yours in happy anticipation,
Camille Lizarríbar, JD, PhD
Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E