Friday, February 15, 2013

G.R.E.A.T. Housing Options for Sophomore Year

Hi everyone! Happy weekend. St. Mike's gave us a long weekend, so I am writing this post from my grandmother's house in Vermont! Hurray for home cooked food and quality time with my grandmother :)

I said earlier this week that I would talk about the pros and cons to all my options for where to live next year. I want to remain in G.R.E.A.T. Housing and I want to live in a single again, which means my options are a little more limited than most. So here goes nothing:

Alumni Hall 

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  • Alumni is located on the quad so it's a quick walk to everything on Main Campus (Alliot, academic buildings, library)
  • Alumni will be connected to the new student center, so I can take advantage of everything that has to offer
  • Alumni is set up very similar to how my current hall is, so it's familiar
  • All of the fourth floor will be G.R.E.A.T. Housing
  • The basement has a nice lounge with pool tables/couches and would be a great place to hang out
  • Alumni doesn't have many singles so it could be hard to get one
  • If I'm located that close to the new student center (I wouldn't even have to go outside!) I might be really tempted to go spend money at the new restaurants they're putting in there (an Einstein Bros. Bagels and a grille!)
  • Fourth floor. Enough said. 

Hamel Hall

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  • All of Hamel Hall will be G.R.E.A.T. Housing
  • There are lots of singles on North Campus so I have a good chance of getting one
  • The rooms are bigger than the ones on the Quad and the ceilings are really high
  • Access to the balcony- would be so nice when the weather is warm!
  • There's housing for about 50 people, so it would be a great little community
  • There's a kitchen on the first floor that any one can use
  • It's on North Campus (about a 5 minute shuttle ride from Main Campus)
  • Hanging out with my friends will take more coordination than just walking down two flights of stairs and seeing if they're home

The Suites (Cashman, Pontigny, Canterbury)

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  • The suites are really new and nice... they were completed in 2004
  • The suites are in a convenient location, close to Alliot and only a short walk to everything else
  • I would get a single room, but at the same time be sharing a common room with seven other girls. The first floor also has a large common room!
  • Each floor has a kitchen to use
  • Three suites are set aside for G.R.E.A.T. Housing (24 beds), two for groups of 8 and one to "single in" (sign up for by myself)
  • Because I don't have 7 friends to go in with, I would have to "single in" and would have no clue who I am signing up to live with
  • In front of a busy road, it might be loud

So... those are my options! The new residence hall might also be an option, but we haven't heard much about that so I haven't included it in my list. I am going to treat it like it's not an option but if there happens to be a spot when I go to sign up for a room, I will definitely take it! 

Right now, I am leaning towards living in Hamel Hall next year. It seems to have a lot of great features and I have heard nothing but great things about the community on North Campus. I know that wherever I end up, I will be happy and make it my own space. I will be sure to keep you updated on where I am living!

If you have any questions, about the housing process or about SMC in general, feel free to contact me, or ask anonymously on my formspring! Have a great long weekend!

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