Love Your Home Away From Home

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week!

Yesterday, I was giving a tour of the hallway where I live, and I was just so excited to be able to share it with those who were touring the hall. I always enjoy giving tours of the community that I get to call my home away from home, but yesterday, it hit me just how pleasing it is to show it off to others. This led me to reflect on several important things, some of which probably deserve their own blog post. Anyway, here they are:

  • Illinois has so many wonderful living spaces, including Nugent Hall and the Beckwith program (which I will write a detailed post on, eventually)!
  • I know that students who are deciding where to go to school or where to live get lots of advice on how to choose something that’s a good fit for them. So, here’s mine: In terms of choosing housing at school (and a school for that matter), find somewhere that you would get excited to show to people that happen to be touring whatever building you live in that day. It really is gratifying to be able to share the Illinois community with so many people. I feel so fortunate to be able to live in the awesome community that I do, and hope that others can feel equally about their home away from home, wherever it may be.
  • Relatedly, if you take a tour of Illinois, be sure to take the opportunity to explore some housing options, and really get to see where you might be living. The building that you tour may be the building that you call home for awhile, so it’s important that you feel at home there.

That’s all for today! I hope everyone’s semester is going super well right now! Happy almost-Valentine’s day!

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