Most people think of living on campus as living in a dorm; however, if you say the “D” word in front of any student affairs professional, they may look at you as if you have said the worst swear word ever! The dictionary defines a dorm as “a room for sleeping; a large room containing numerous beds.” On the other hand, a residence is defined as “a building used as a home.” Living in a residence hall provides each student with invaluable experiences of personal growth and academic success. Our staff wants to make sure we are providing each student with more than a place to sleep!
At Gardiner Point Residence Hall, we strive to make each student’s time here comfortable, exciting and invigorating. Living in a residence hall is not what it used to be. Our facility offers some of the best amenities any residence hall has to offer. Just a few of our amenities are an onsite dining facility, a seasonal swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, complimentary laundry facility, theatre room, private bathrooms, and the list goes on and on!
Studies have shown how important it is to live on campus. The top five reasons are:
- Stress-free living. When a student lives off campus, they need to take into consideration rent, utilities and cost of food. Living on campus is very comparable to living off campus; however, all utilities, meals and activities are included in the room and board. This makes living independently much easier!
- Better grades. A quarter system can be fast-paced and challenging, but living with students who are pursuing the same degree can create an easy way to study, ask questions and motivate each other. Our onsite tutoring facility offers study sessions and individual tutoring on a weekly basis as well.
- Friends. Many of our students come from far and near, and don’t know a lot of people or anyone at all when they arrive here at Sullivan University. Living at Gardiner Point provides ample opportunities to meet people and create long-lasting friendships.
- Involvement. Gardiner Point staffs nine resident advisors (RAs) who serve as peer leaders to our residents. The RAs host multiple programs throughout the quarter that range in categories from educational, arts and crafts and intramurals. Gardiner Point also collaborates with the Student Life Coordinator in an effort to bring more programs to the facility. We also provide an array of health and wellness classes for our students, faculty and staff.
- Stepping stone to independent living and professionalism. Learning how to live with a roommate and being on your own for the first time can be scary, but our professional staff is there every step of the way to help each student develop physically, emotionally, socially and academically. Through these efforts, we strive to prepare the residents for their professional goals after graduation.
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About the Author:
As the director of housing and residence life at Gardiner Point Residence Hall, Lauren Kelly oversees housing operations for all residents and provides leadership and management of the residence life program. Lauren has been with The Sullivan University System since 2011 and is very passionate about working in higher education. Lauren graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Communications and will complete her master’s in Management this year! In her free time, Lauren loves to spend time with her family and friends, craft, and travel.