He, She and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown: Say Hello to Your RPLs!

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Hi there! I’m Seunglee Lee, a first year blogger for He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown. For nervous freshmen, including myself, nothing is more exiting yet intimidating than prospects of dorm life. As I navigate through all the fun, hectic and hilarious experiences dorm life at Brown has to offer, I hope to share them with you and hopefully convince you that Brown is the place to be. 

Having trouble with classes? Is something not working out with your roommate? Upset or concerned about anything? The Residential Peer Leaders at Brown are there to help! These RPLs are upperclassmen who live with first-year students and provide them with campus resources and an opportunity to share thoughts on various issues.

Each unit has at least three peer counselors: a residential counselor (RC), a women’s peer counselor (WPC) and minority peer counselor (MPC). Because of the size of our unit, we have five: one RC, two WPCs and two MPCs. All three counselors are “general” counselors trained to build community and resolve any conflicts. However, WPCs and MPCs are more specialized in that they receive extra training. WPCs deal with issues including relationships, contraception and sexism. MPCs are geared toward minority student issues.

However, that does not mean WPCs are only for female residents and MPCs for only students of color. Neither does that mean you cannot go to your RC for above concerns. In fact, our unit’s RC is part of Brown’s Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) and welcomes us to come anytime and talk about healthy relationships.

Besides providing us the guidance we need, the RPLs are genuinely willing to help make our first year at Brown as enjoyable as possible. Our RPLs occasionally host unit hang-outs with cookies, candies and games and help us interact with out unitmates. They also have help sessions the night before pre-registration for any last minute advice or tips for a hassle-free registration process. And most importantly, they are just fun to be around with.

See you next week!

Seunglee

Do you have any questions or comments? Shoot me an email at seung_lee_lee@brown.edu and I’ll get back to you!

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