For some freshmen, moving out of the residence halls is the
first thing on their minds.
However, this was not the case for sophomore Alina Mendoza, who
currently lives in Braiden Hall.
“Being so close to classes and everything that is important to
being a student is a huge advantage,” Mendoza said. “It helps you
get involved more on campus because you see everything right
Mendoza is a resident assistant as well as an active member of
the academically based program Key Plus.
Key Plus is one of many living-learning communities on
These programs offer students additional living options that fit
A few other living-learning communities include, but are not
limited to specific floors for engineering majors in Allison Hall,
designated floors for the Honors Program in Newsom Hall and a
pre-veterinary medicine floor in Edwards.
Kurt Miller, a sophomore engineering major, said he picked
living in Allison again because he could live on an all-engineering
floor, which is a great advantage for him.
“I really like it. It is a quiet place to study, I have a job at
the front desk, and lots of my friends are here,” Miller said.
Mary Ellen Sinnwell, director of Residence Life, agreed that
living on campus is good for networking.
Oftentimes living on campus opens doors to various job
opportunities on campus.
Such jobs include working at the front desk of a residence hall
or at a dining hall.
“We like to hire students who reside with us because they are
committed to making things better for the community and future
residences,” Sinnwell said.
Taneal Hendrix, another second-year residence hall student, said
some of the other advantages include not having to cook or clean,
not having to worry about parking and monetary benefits.
Sinnwell said 14 percent of students living on campus are
upperclassmen. This has been standard for the last five to 10
“These students know what they are getting into and are making
the choice. They have control over different factors,” Sinnwell
Other factors students control are what hall they want to live
in, who they want to live with or if they have a single room.
Miller said a couple downsides to living in the halls are a lack
of privacy and that it sometimes gets too loud.
Hendrix said she does not plan on living on campus next
“You don’t really have your own space.”
Students sign a contract to live in the resident halls for an
academic year. However, there are some exceptions to this rule,
including seniors who graduate at the end of fall semester or
students who decide to study abroad.