Under One Roof: Honors Students Fill Adams Hall

Posted: January 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Most freshmen arriving at college aren’t sure what kind of roommate they will get. They may worry whether they will be matched with someone who parties nonstop or doesn’t share the same interests. The freshman Honors Program students who arrived this past fall had some of that worry put to rest.

For the first time this year, an entire residence hall was dedicated to Honors students, ensuring that these freshmen would have at least one thing in common. Adams Hall, one of the 12 freshman residence halls in Presidents Park, was designated the Honors Program living and learning community and is now home to 75 Honors students.

“We planned for the whole building to be used because of the increasing number of out-of-state students attracted to the Mason Honors Program this year,” says Teresa Metzger, the academic initiatives coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residence Life. This year, according to Robert Clark, the director of the Honors Program, about 35 percent of honors students were from out of state.

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Adams Hall in Presidents Park is home to the freshman Honors students.
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In Adams Hall, students live on coed floors, but the hall is divided into two wings, each separated according to gender. Students have access to the Eisenhower Community Center, where they can study, watch television or movies or grab some late-night food at Ike’s Diner.

Students say they like the hall for many reasons. Living with the same people they take classes with is a bonus for most. “Some of the people on my floor have all three Honors classes with me. That makes it very easy to know the material, understand the homework and be able to get assignments if I can’t make it to class,” says Honors student Katie Bowen.

Another perk to living in a hall with all Honors students is being surrounded by people with the same academic goals. The chances of having a neighbor who parties every night are slim in Adams Hall, say students, but the opportunities for fun are still readily available.

“Living in this type of community helps me keep my studies high on my list of values, and yet I still have a blast living the college life,” says Samantha Sealock.

Mary Lyon agrees. “There aren’t any loud parties or anything of that nature, so it’s nice when you don’t feel well or want to go to bed early. It’s also nice to be able to study in your dorm and not have to go to the library every time you want peace and quiet.”

Matt Levine lives in a triple unit in Adams and says that the students in his building have formed real bonds with each other. “A closer community exists,” he says.

“The only drawback I can imagine to living in the Honors dorm is that we are living and taking classes with the same people, but there are many opportunities on campus to meet new people,” says Lyon. “Overall, I love the Honors dorm and the Honors experience and could not imagine being anywhere else.”

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