DORM LIFE. It’s happening ab initio Academiae. Many of you have never had a roommate before, so here are some general tips for living with one, sharing a bathroom, and being away from home:
· Respect your roommate’s belongings, while at the same time, don’t be possessive about your own
· Communicate with them; everyone has to adjust to life at academy which doesn’t necessarily have to be done in camera
· Have patience
· Make your time in the bathroom minimal so that it’s available for all your suite-mates
· Bring a note from home or something special that can help alleviate some of that homesickness (e.g. a blanket, pictures, or in my case Calvin and Hobbes books)
· Pack some earplugs in case of snoring; that can save lives per se.
· Ditch the snooze button; this is common sense. Alarms are annoying, but other people’s alarms continuously ringing is REALLY annoying
· Bring something to do for fun with your roommates (bored games fortasse?)
· Be aware of your own habits on a daily basis
· Hang out with her/him, but not necessarily all the time
· You already have similarities (Latin!), so just remember to celebrate your differences as well so that you can best get along
Keep in mind that the RAs are here for you for anything you need 24/7 sine dubio! No rooming relationship will be perfect, but keep in mind the staff works incredibly hard to craft compatible pairings so that you can have the most seamless transition into dorm life and, therefore, into academy life.
Lastly, I just want to point out the most essential of essentials—have an open mind. It is okay to feel nervous, homesick, and tired. Everyone does! But realize you are going to have one of the most amazing experiences of your life here, and it only starts when you are ready for it.
Sallie Blanks, RA
This blog will document the MMXVIII session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Phone: (804) 496-1589
c/o Governor's Latin Academy
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Athenaze, Book I
b. From Alpha to Omega
c. Alpha is for Anthropos
d. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy