In Their Own Words: Residential Colleges at UVA

In Their Own Words: Residential Colleges at UVA

November 7, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Res Colleges are different from regular
residence halls because they offer experience. Different opportunities that
you wouldn’t necessarily have. I just was looking online, I saw each of
them were like themed, they were like on Thomas Jefferson’s
vision of the University, and I’m like, “wow, this sounds kind of cool!” Yeah, I wanted an international
aspect to my experience, and I didn’t want it to just be through my
interactions with people. I liked how it was a tight-knit community
of all four years living together. I liked how Hereford always has
events going on. You can’t beat the convenience
and the quality of life that you have living on Grounds. I benefit a lot from just convenience. I can wake up and go
to the gym at 6:00 a.m., if I’m late for class or something,
there’s a dining hall right here, if I forget something,
my room is on Grounds. The IRC is in this perfect spot, like,
it’s just on the edge of Grounds. I’m still not too far away from the hustle
and bustle of everything, but also like have a little bit of space to
myself, and I like that a lot. There’s so many different amenities — you
know, school’s already so much, I didn’t want to have to worry about paying rent
or having to be far away. You live off Grounds, obviously you have
to think about bills and whatnot. I chose Brown because of the community. Having people around you who care
about you — you can’t get that anywhere else. The IRC is not all
international students, but it’s for people interested in
international stuff. You have diversity of not just culture,
but of mind, and experience. I also love the environment. It’s very —
a lot of nature and trails, and that was just something
I was really into. I think the thing I like the most about
Brown has always been the people, and it’s why we all chose Brown I’m grounded in my decision.
I have a peace at home, which is nice when life
is really chaotic. I found Brown this thriving, diverse,
passionate community of people. You feel welcome, and feel
included. It allows you to find a place where I felt I belonged. You have the community aspect,
you have the events aspect, you have the getting to know your
professors aspect, and convenience, and you have the fact that the University
cares about this place — that’s more than enough. Just living on Grounds you have a lot of
opportunities that you didn’t have otherwise. I’m very happy with my decision. This was one of the best decisions
I’ve made here as a student.