I know when I was applying for colleges, I was very eager to learn about the residence life on campus. What is my dorm going to look like? Is living in a residence hall fun?
As an RA now at Linfield, I can tell you a bit more about the residence life on campus.
To start, we call our living communities residence halls, instead of dormitories, as the word “dormitory” has the root, dormir, which means, “to sleep,” and instead we want our living communities to be a place of growth and connection, another area for learning.
Linfield is a residential campus, and we are proud of it. Since we are a small community, with 1700 students, we like to stick together, and close together that is. It is really convenient to be close to your classes and other classmates and friends while being a full-time student at Linfield. A car isn’t necessary all four years, and there has been a correlation to better grades and happier students when living on campus. We have a three-year on campus requirement for students, and most seniors chose to finish out their final year staying on campus, in one of our nice apartment options.
At Linfield, we have 17 residence halls on campus. That is quite a few, as we like to keep the numbers down to create an environment where a small community can be built. We have three all-female halls, and one all-male halls. The rest of the halls are separated by floor. Each hall has a communal kitchen on the first floor, with laundry available included with cost, so no more obnoxious quarter machines! Each floor has a communal bathroom for the appropriate gender. Each hall is very unique down to each room. Some rooms have sinks in the rooms while others have walk in closets!
Each hall has 1-4 trained residence advisers living on the floors available for students. As an RA, we deal with primarily programming for our community. For example, as I mentioned in my previous post, Elkinton Hall is headed to the Pumpkin Patch this Sunday! RAs plan a variety of on-campus and off-campus events to provide options for students and residents to be a part of. Additionally, the RAs are trained with conflict resolution skills, interpersonal skills, CPR, and much more to be a resource for the students on campus.
Students spend the first two years in residence halls, and their junior year, typically chose an apartment style living. We have six different options for apartment style living for Juniors and Seniors.
The following links show you through our options of living at Linfield!
Until next time!
My weekend consisted of much needed catch up study time and an awesome race. The Lady Wildcats took the plaque home for first place at the George Fox Meet! It was a fun meet at Willamette State Park, 5K for women, 8K for men. This next Saturday we are racing in Portland, finally a 6K, the normal race distance for college Woman’s Cross Country.
Boys staring the 8K
Ladies working together in the beginning of the 5K (me on the left!)
I joined my teammate Mimi for a nice early Sunday morning long run right as the fog cleared and the sun was coming up. We took a route where we could see the gorgeous fall foliage occurring. After experiencing Oregon Fall, I just might not be able to ever leave this special place!
This Sunday, I am taking Elkinton Hall to the Pumpkin Patch at Farmers John’s! My co RAs and I planned an event to the pumpkin patch to celebrate the beautiful fall weather we are having! I am excited to spend some time with my residents and friends.
I will hopefully post some pictures of the Pumpkin Patch adventure this weekend!
Until next time!
I wanted to start out my blog with a little story, that explains this week, and really, my life lately. Today was payday for me, so I headed over to the bank during my lunch break between classes. As I deposited my check, the bank cashier asked me what I had planned for the rest of the day. I responded with, “Class, then work.” He then replied with, “Oh, that sucks.” I smiled, but immediately realized, No! It doesn’t suck! In fact, I was excited for the rest of today, as I liked going to class, and I love working as an Admission Ambassador. This conversation made me realize the idea of school and work has become known as an unfortunate activity, and something that “must be done.” I am currently getting a higher education at Linfield College, an opportunity I feel privileged to be taking apart of. My job brought me to the bank in the first place, helping me to afford college, and bringing endless work experience and involvement on campus.
This Friday, I am really excited for the Fall Choir Concert! A few good friends, and co-RAs are in the concert choir, and they do a great job every concert. I have attended every Choir concert while attending Linfield and have been blown away each time! They are always free, and tomorrow night I am excited for the anticipated folksongs from Indonesia and America.
Our Salem meet was last Saturday with GORGEOUS weather. Both the men and women placed 4th within the conference teams, and we look forward to conference where we hope to take the title! We have a bit more time to taper and improve our speed, so keeping the eyes on the prize.
This coming Saturday we have the George Fox Invite, a 5K for women, and 8K for men!
And to end, here is a nice photo of some admission ambassadors hanging out with the President of Linfield, Dr. Hellie!
Have a good one!
Wellness week ended with some weather, to introduce the students to Oregon Fall.
As I sipped hot tea from my residence hall, outside looked daunting. A storm hit McMinnville! Three trees fell down around campus from the high winds we had all weekend. I was lucky to get my Saturday hill workout with the cross country team done before the real storm hit. Sunday rolled around, and the rain came down. Hard. Lucky for me I live right across the street to a 24 hour lab, so I headed there to study.
Excitement brewed as lights flickered around campus and students arrived to their rooms with wet window sills as they forgot to close their windows! Flooding occurred throughout McMinnville. As I say this I am looking outside to blue sky and only a slight breeze, a wonderful day in Oregon!
Classes are speeding up as midterms arrive, yet with homecoming week, there are lots of distractions from studying available! One I experienced last night. We had a special Cat Cab music performance, normally on Thursdays, with all Linfield Students, some of which were classmates or co RAs! The Fred Meyer Lounge was packed full of students enjoying the free Thai Country food offered listening to very talented musicians. Cat cabs are either Student performers, or semi-professional bands who visit our college every Thursday evening. Last Thursday I got to see a fellow student original pieces as well as some very creative covers, some bringing tears to the audience. I brought my residence hall to the cat cab, and I already cannot wait to go back! The talent on our campus is outstanding, and I am glad I was able to start appreciating it Thursday!
This week predicts more rain, and hopefully more good music!
Until Next Time,
This week is wellness week here on Linfield Campus, and it really could not come at a better time! This past week involved some stress as I prepared for my first exam in Organic Chemistry, had a Cross Country meet Friday along with work and RA happenings. So to start my Monday off, I am looking forward to Wellness Week! The students offer a variety of activities to offer wellness, mentally, emotionally and physically including one of my co-RAs offering her Zumba skills Thursday afternoon! Zumba is a great stress reliever and a time to laugh and occasionally dance on beat. I had the opportunity to take a Zumba class this past Jan term through Linfield and I learned the joys of dancing and having a good time trying not to fall over.
Right now, there are kittens visiting our school for some stress management!
My goals this week is to attain more sleep, remind myself to breathe when studying, and continue connecting with loved ones.
I challenge you to reach out and do something good for another person when you are feeling your worst. It feels great, and you can celebrate wellness week with a smile!
Fridays meet went really well, in Eugene at Lane Community College, as Linfield’s women’s cross country team took first place! It was a rainy race, my favorite kind, which proved to be true for a few of us, as five women placed in the top 10.
Have a great wellness week!