Good Neighbor Tips

There are many differences in living in a neighborhood residential community and living in college dorms. It’s a different environment, you most likely will not be surrounded by your age group anymore, and most of the time you will be living next to families. Here are some tips and basic guidelines on how to be a good neighbor, but it really begins with you being a good neighbor yourself.

1. Introduce yourself


This is the first step to develop a positive relationship. Share your educational and career ambitions, show the neighbors that you’re not just a college student - but a motivated young adult. Let the neighbors feel welcomed by you. Lastly, feel free to ask them questions and share information. This will help to build bonds if needed later on.

2. Noise Control


Understand that your neighbors are on different schedules than you are. Consider their lifestyles and their needs, such as sleep schedules. A good general rule of thumb is to stay quiet from 10 PM to 9 AM. A respectful neighbor = A great neighbor.

3. Have Pride In Your House 

This is your living space - have pride in it! Make sure you inform your landlord of all maintenance issues, keep a secure house, abide by local laws [including noise ordinances, alcohol policies, etc.], and keep your outdoors presentable!

4. Pay Your Rent On Time 

This is a big one. Paying your rent on time shows that you are a responsible individual. Your landlord and roommates will also appreciate it, which will allow you to live their longer.

5. Communication Is Key 

Don’t be afraid of confrontation, it is always better to discuss problems in person. If you have a concern with a neighbor, wait to see if it was a one-time thing. If you are upset at the moment, wait until you cool off to address your concern with your neighbor. This also applies to communicating with your neighbors and giving them a heads up if you are planning a social event. Let them know if they should anticipate noise or limited parking. (This will also make them more inclined to contact you instead of the police if it gets out of hand)

6. Respect The Children


The children in your neighborhood are also your neighbors. Make sure you are mindful of your behavior and language, as well as drive cautiously through the neighborhood as they may be outside playing.

7. Follow Parking Regulation

Only park in your designated space. Do not park on the street or in front of your neighbors’ properties. Make sure your guests do the same!

8. Offer Help/Engage in Random Acts of Kindness 


If you see a neighbor needing assistance - help them out! They will remember this kindness and appreciate the gesture.

9. Don't Forget Trash Day

Don’t let your trash build up and only put out your trash and recycling cans on pick up days.



SSU Associated Students election results - Ojeda wins president

Shared from: Sonoma State Star 

Written by: Heba Made, Staff Writer 

By a two-to-one margin, Junior Manny Ojeda won the race for Associated Students president of Sonoma State University Tuesday evening. With a crowd of approximately 50 people watching at Lobo’s Cafe, Student Government Coordinator Asha Nettles announced election results around 7 p.m. Elections took place April 9 and 10 through electronic ballot emailed to the student body.

In all, 1019 students cast ballots. The final count showed Ojeda won with 679 (66.6 percent) of the votes. Junior Trevor Chapman finished second with 340 votes or 33.4 percent.

Ojeda was not in attendance to hear the results. But contacted later by phone, he said, “I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity. I truly am at a loss for words, but I do want to say that my motivation to run for AS president was the contributions I know I can make to SSU.”

“I’m really excited for Manny,” said Chapman, an early childhood studies major. “I’m really glad if it wasn’t me, that it’s Manny. I hope he does his best.”

 Ojeda, along with Carley Chatterley, will replace outgoing Wilson Hall and Jason Gorelick as executive president and vice president in May. Chatterly and Vice President of Finance winner Christina Gamboa ran unopposed. 

 In addition to executive positions, senator positions were announced.  A lack of competition was also apart of lower AS positions as three senators also ran unopposed, ensuring Fernando Mendoza, Luke Gover and Aracely Duron positions in Associated Students.. 

Noelle Dahl and Natalie Cackler tied in the race for the senator for School of Arts and Humanities, meaning in a run-off will take place on May 1. 

Seven AS senator positions are still open, but according to AS, there will be another election for students who are willing to run.

 “I’m really excited to work my colleagues and make it another great year,” said Gamboa, current senator for undeclared students and vice president of finance-elect. “I look forward to being able to gain a better knowledge for what the students want from the university and how we can advocate for them at the table.”

 Chapman said he plans to run for senator of education. “Although the results weren’t what I expected, my plan from here is to regroup with students,” he said. “You don’t need to be president to voice opinions on tuition heights, asbestos or anything else, you just need to be active.”

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