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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
New Students and Family Programs

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not sure how to approach my LCC. Are they my boss or my friend?

Your LCC is intended to be a peer mentor for you during your transition to college. They will most likely have experience in the major or field that some of your classes are in. They won't give you answers to homework problems, but you can talk to them about any problems you may be having with classes, stress, or with your roommate or friends. They won't be able to solve your problems for you, but they can mediate conflicts or suggest some tools, skills, or campus offices that can help you work through your situation. You don't have to become best friends with your LCC, but it is expected that you grant them respect and remember that they have your best interests in mind. You can also just stop by to check-in with them or hang out from time to time!

I'm having some problems with my roommate. What should I do?

If you haven't done so already, try talking to them openly and honestly about what is bothering you. Remember to use "I" statements and be clear in stating your thoughts and feelings; ie "I get frustrated when..." instead of "You always..."  Try not to attack the other person or blame them for everything. Remember the Excellence in Citizenship agreement you signed, and that you agreed to conduct yourself in a respectful and civil manner.  Also, revisit the Roommate Contract you filled out early in the year.  Feel free to discuss it and make changes with your roommate as you grow and change, and learn more about each other. 

Your LCC and Community Advisor can help mediate the discussion or can talk with you individually to help sort things out. You don't necessarily have to become best friends with your roommate, but you should be able to live together and not be miserable the whole time. It is important to remember to be willing to compromise at times.

As a last resort, changing room assignments may be an option. You will need to contact your CA about requesting a room change.  If your room change request results in a  move off of the Residence Hall floor because of space availability or other reasons, you are still able to participate in the learning community as much as you would like.

I remember signing some agreement. What was that all about again?

You signed an "Excellence in Citizenship Agreement" as a part of the learning community. In it, you agreed that by joining a learning community you would follow all MSU Residential Life policies. You agreed to refrain from harassing, demeaning, or otherwise bullying others. You agreed to create a supportive learning environment and respect others' need to sleep and study, especially during floor quiet hours. You also agreed to be considerate, civil, and respectful and acknowledge that you are responsible for the behavior of your guests.

Click [PDF] here (208 KiB) if you would like to review this agreement.

What can I do to help out in my learning community?

One of the biggest ways to help is to try to create a sense of community belonging by being social and inclusive of other students in your LC during your daily activities. Contributing ideas during community-wide meetings can also be of great help to your LCC and other students. These are all simple things you can do that only take a few minutes, but can make a big difference to students who feel left out or excluded. If you want to take things up a notch, help your LCC plan and advertise for community events throughout the year. Get the word out to your friends and neighbors to encourage them to attend events and show their enthusiasm. If nothing else, having a positive attitude can make a world of difference for you during your first year here at MSU.

Why should I go to community events if I'm not required to be there anyway?

Remember that you signed up to be in a learning community--we didn't make you!  Make the most of the opportunities to learn and experience things during your time at Minnesota State Mankato!  Also, your LCC has put considerable time and effort into planning and advertising for these events in the hopes that a good number of students will attend. While they cannot "require" or "force" you to go, your attendance is greatly appreciated. The primary intention of holding such events is to help you have a successful and fun first year at MSU. It is in your best interest to attend, since there will more than likely be something you get out of going - whether its new friends, friendly ears to talk to, learning about the campus and community, or improving your academic abilities. Even if you think the event is a "waste of time" and you won't get anything out of it, you'll never know when that experience will help you in the future.

What if I'm not doing well in a class?

Ask for help!  Talk to your LCC and let them know what class or classes you're struggling with, and ask them for assistance specific to your situation.  They can refer you to resources that can help you improve.  In general, it is a good idea to talk to the professor.  They can help you figure out what you could be doing differently to improve your grade.  Bring them your notes from class, and ask if you're focusing your studies in the right direction, or if you need to go another direction.  Clarify what is expected of upcoming assignments, and make sure you understand course content.  You can also seek out tutoring resources at the Center for Academic Success, located in the basement of Memorial Library.  Tutoring is free, and they have standing hours for many subjects.  You can also request a tutor if the hours posted don't work for you, or if the subject you need help with isn't posted.  It's may also be a good idea to connect with your academic advisor and/or the Office of New Student and Family Programs.  They can also help you get back on the right track.

When and why should I meet with my academic advisor?

The best time to meet with your advisor is during the first month of the semester.  This is a great way for you and your advisor to get to know each other before the semester gets busy or before you encounter a problem.  By meeting with an advisor early, you'll get a good idea of where you are headed with your major and what classes are needed.  If you are Undecided, the advisors in the Office of New Student and Family Programs can point you to resources that can help you explore your interests or find out more about majors you are considering.  If you have a major, your advisor will either be the Student Relations Coordinator for your college, or a faculty member within your major. 

If you haven't met with your advisor yet, don't wait until the last minute before your registration window opens.  Advisors are very busy during registration time, and you may find it difficult to find a time they have available that works with your schedule.  You may even end up using an office's walk-in advising hours, which limits the length of time an advisor will be able to talk with you.

Keep in mind that many majors and undecided students have required advising.  That means you will not be able to register for classes until you see an advisor and obtain your access code.

What if I don't want to take all of the spring courses?

Learning communities are a year-long program, but participation in the second semester is optional.  During the fall of your first year, you will receive a form regarding spring semester enrollment.  It will list the courses offered as a part of your learning community for the spring semester, and you can indicate which course(s) you would like to take.  You can take as many or as few as you would like.  If you choose not to take any of the spring semester courses, you are still welcome to participate in learning community events and activities.

I'm thinking about applying to be an LCC.  What do I need to know?

Being an LCC isn't easy, but it IS rewarding!  Click [PDF] here (80 KiB) for some ideas of what is expected of an LCC, and what you can expect of the position.  Applications will be available in December!