After finishing our freshman year, my friends and I were looking to live somewhere nicer. Our days of small rooms and community bathrooms were over and we were more than happy for a change of pace.
The newest dormitory on campus was Dorothy Day. It was finished just in time for our Sophomore year and the only question we had was “where do we sign?” We were surprised to find that they were doing something new with Dorothy Day. In order to get a guaranteed spot, you had to come in as part of a “learning community.”
There are 3 main types of learning communities; Substance Free, Intense Study, and Academic Major. In substance free learning communities, there is a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. The applicants cannot have had any prior judicial documentation for drugs or alcohol. Intense study learning communities have a 24 hour quiet hour policy. This is popular among study intensive majors. Academic major learning communities are made up of students with the same or similar declared major. To stay in one of these learning communities, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better. In addition to these requirements, each learning community must do a presentation every semester relating to their type of community.
Living in a learning community has been a lot of fun. Not only do you get to live in the newest building on campus, you also get to live with fun, like-minded people!