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Living and Learning in Holmes Hall

Greetings Briggsies!

Lizzy here again. Today I got to take part in the wonderful experience that is signing up for housing. Well, the lack there of, in actuality. The website is currently down, so as I wait for the site to be up and running, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you why I’m choosing to live in Holmes Hall again next year.

East and West Holmes both have six floors, three of which are coed and three of which are not. When applying for housing, you can state a preference of which one you would like better. (That doesn’t always mean you’ll get it, unfortunately. My friend requested a coed and ended up on an only girl’s side.) The sixth floor is the designated quiet hall, while all other floors have quiet hours after midnight. I reside in East Holmes and I will again next year as well.

Let’s go back about three months ago to move in day. When I first saw that I had the 8 am time slot for move in, I was not exited. 8 am?! That meant that I had to wake up at 6:30am as I live about an hour away and I am not much of a morning person. But when move in day came, I couldn’t sleep anyways and waking up early wasn’t difficult at all. As my family pulled up to Holmes Hall, we realized how lucky we were for getting the 8 am slot. There were no lines yet and there were plenty of people there to help us get my things upstairs. Around noon, the line to the elevator was wrapped around the circle drive outside. You can request an earlier move in day or time when you receive your housing assignment and that would probably be the easiest way to avoid the lines.

The first few days, I must admit, were a little awkward. No one really knew each other that well and everyone was still trying to find the best routes to their classes. I am extremely fortunate to have some superb sophomores on my floor that came around on the second or third night, and got everyone to come out and get to know each other. Ever since then my floor has bonded like a family every moment we’re together. We’re even planning a trip to Chicago or Frankenmuth when finals are over. My floor’s friendship is one of my favorite things at MSU. The freshmen often get together to work on “Mastering Chemistry,” our online homework for Lyman Briggs chemistry.

Concerning roommates, I picked to live with a friend whom I’ve known for a few years. She is one of my good friends from high school and we have so much fun together. I liked the fact that I already knew who I would be sharing a room with before move in day, but two new friends who room together let the system pick each other as roommates and they are practically brothers now. I also have another friend who used MSU’s “roommate matchmaker” and found a great roommate. All routes work out well the majority of the time. But if it just doesn’t work for you and your roommate, you can request to be put into transitional housing and find a new room. My suitemates did not get along at all and both of them moved into different rooms last week.

There will also be a Residential Assistant living on each floor to help you out. Don’t ever feel like you’re bothering them, even if it’s 1:30 in the morning. It’s their job to be there to help you and those on your floor. Most of the time they’ll arrange floor bonding events so you can get to know the people you live near.

The study lounges will be your best friend. I’m the kind of person who can’t get anything done while studying in my room, so I always go down to the study lounge. Each floor has two large study lounges, one for each side, and a small room if you need a less busy place. There’s also two main study lounges on the main floor where many people meet with their lab groups. I love going to the lounges to study because the majority of the time, there is someone else there working on the same thing that I am and we can help each other figure out our homework. I’ve spent many a night in the study lounges deciphering “Mastering Chemistry” with my friends.

I really enjoy living in a hall where the majority of students are science oriented. My friend who lives in Holmes but is not in Briggs always tells me how she knows when there’s an online homework set due or an exam as the entire building is buzzing with science discussions. You meet a lot of new people who are dealing with the same assignments and I find it helpful to be living amongst people who are conquering the mountains as I am.

Also, two words: free laundry. Every residential hall on campus offers this to the students who live on campus. As a girl who wears a ton of clothes, having free laundry is a huge perk. When I ask people who live off campus what they miss about living on campus, this is almost always one of the things they miss the most. So take advantage of it while it lasts!

That’s all for now, folks.

Until next time,

Lizzy McCormick