It is around that time of year when all the first-year students are getting their room assignments. I remember this time last year checking banner web every day just waiting to see where and with whom I would be living. I was placed in Binford Hall, one of two first year residence halls. I loved living in this hall because it had so much space for storage, and I did not have to share a wardrobe with my roommate, I had my own closet. I had almost too much room for stuff. Every time I went home I would just bring back more things. When it came time to move into my apartment for the summer, I had way too much and had to take multiple trips, as well as donate and throw out some unnecessarythings. I also enjoyed the living learning community that Binford has. Because I was taking the same First Year Experience class as the people I was living with, there developed a hall community/family feel. Some of my closest friends at Guilford lived on my hallway. It was also really interesting to see how people operate in the classroom setting and the res. hall setting. Binford is set up a little bit differently from Milner Hall, which is the largest resident hall on campus. In Binford, all of your furniture is built in. In Milner you have the option to bunk or loft your beds, and rearrange your room to create the layout. With this option you can create more floorspace, and create the storage under your bed, but as I mentioned earlier, you do have to share a wardrobe with your roommate, but you do get your own desk and dresser (and bed of course!) Alot of parents on tour are surprised to hear that our residence halls are co-ed. There is a single sex hallway option on the first floor of Milner, but the rest of Milner and all of Binford is co-ed. Of course there are seperate bathrooms, but the co-ed hallway is just as safe and inviting as any other hall.
Those are the first year residence halls, but the other living options on campus are nice too. The apartments are popular amongst upperclassmen because they are set back from the hub of campus. Guilford encourages students to stay on campus all four years, partly because we have the room for all of our students. Some other colleges encourage students to move off campus so they can have the space for the underclassmen. Hodgins retreat used to be considered an off campus apartment complex, just on the otherside of the football field. More than 90% of the people that lived there where Guilford students, so Guilford decided to just lease out the entire complex. Those apartments are really nice because they are furnished with a living room, kitchen, and even a washer and dryer in each suite. Each student also gets their own bathroom and a bigger bed.
In each hall there is usually some type of event being put on by the resident advisors. There are trivia games, scavenger hunts, movie nights, and all sorts of other events going on for the students to stay occupied during their study breaks. I really like living in a residence hall because it is so convienient being on campus and so close to your classes. Everything is just a short walk away, and you have that security of being on campus. You do not have to worry about the light bill or the water bill being late, everything is all inclusive. You are also within earshot of your friends and classmates, which makes socializing and group study sessions so much easier, especially on a diverse hallway like I had last year, everyone brings something different to the table.
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Thanks for reading and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!!!