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Web Extra: Kim Kennedy, Director of Residence Life at EU

Edinboro University Director of Residence Life, Kim Kennedy, says it's normal for parents to worry, wanting students to stay healthy and happy, while making sure to study.

Many students are getting ready to pack up their belongings and move into a college dorm room for the first time. The process can be a little intimidating.
Concerns about the first time away from home are common, but resident assistants are training hard to make sure students have the resources they need to succeed on campus.
Edinboro University Director of Residence Life, Kim Kennedy, says it's normal for parents to worry, wanting students to stay healthy and happy, while making sure to study.
Resident assistants, Or RA's, are there to help.
Each RA is in charge of 35 to 50 student residents. They go through training to make students' lives easier.
They focus on encouraging other students to do well in class.
They also help students to get out and meet peers and get to know professors, this can cut back on being homesick.
They're also trained to deal with roommate problems.
Kim Kennedy says the first 6 weeks are crucial for freshman, really making or breaking how they feel about staying in college.
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