Do residence halls affect the college experience?

IMG_5786Residence hall culture and how it came to be   It is that time of year when students have just finished room selection and are wondering if they made the right choice. Selecting a roommate and a room can sometimes be a daunting task and a stressful experience. Luckily, here at Malone students have great options and a residence life staff that make the process easier. Ryan Palmer, resident director of Penn, Gurney, Barclay and Haviland Halls, said that each building provides a different experience, and the RDs designed room selection to offer students more choice. Palmer said that housing selection used to be set up in the way of students emailing room preferences and the residence life staff selecting the rooms for them. Now, however, students arrive at room selection and pick their room right off of a map of the building. “Each res hall has their own identity, and people can find somewhere that suits them,” Palmer said. Palmer said Haviland is known for a quieter experience where students can better focus on their studies. Palmer said if you are looking for a louder experience and do not mind the heat of summer and cold of winter that PGB is the place for you. Much like WWF, PGB has many quirks that students choosing to live in that building find a way to love. “I think the setup of that building helps set up that culture,” Palmer said. “In PGB, you have to leave your room to shower, go to the bathroom or even brush your teeth. That is usually a private moment, and you are forced to be around these other people who are initially strangers, and then over time you grow really close with them. It creates a bond of trust.” “I love the residential experience,” Palmer said. “I view all the halls as extensions of the classroom. You take what you learned in class and bring it to what I think of as our home.” Palmer said living in community provides a platform for people to discuss what they learned and what they think about. “A conversation gets to happen, and I think that is where real learning occurs,” Palmer said. “I really want to see the guys [and girls] that live here really invest and engage challenging ideas.” Katie Boor, junior bible and theology major, is a second year resident assistant in Woolman Hall. “When people go to college they are thinking of the education they are going to get. By living in a residence hall, you not only grow intellectually through what you are studying, but you also grow as a person and a lot of that comes from being around people and seeing conflict and community and getting along with people,” Boor said. “It changes your whole college experience.” Boor said living in a residence hall provides community that cannot be experienced elsewhere. In a residence hall there are late night talks with friends and random fire drills that may be annoying but give students something to bond over. Boor said the RAs in every building work to cultivate community by hosting events and things to get people involved together. “It adds another element into college life, so it is more than just going to classes and going home,” Boor said. “There is a lot you can learn about yourself through that process, who you are and the strengths and weaknesses you have.” College is more than just a degree; it is about building one’s character and identity.  A great way to start building that person is by finding out who one is already, and residence halls help people do that and build from there. Calerb D’Haiti, freshman exercise science major, is a resident in Devol Hall. “Devol is residence hall that is mostly athletes such as football players, basketball players and baseball players,” D’Haiti said. There is a large community of football players that live in Devol. “The doors are always open for people to come in and say hi. We have tournaments for 2k and Madden on game systems. We play ping-pong and pool,” D’Haiti said. Kendra Hartman is a staff writer for The Aviso. Print This Article Print This Article

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