Third, fourth year students in residence halls


By  Jessica Hartling

Lumen Assistant Editor


     Three of Viterbo’s third and fourth year returning students are currently living in the residence halls. Most third and fourth year students live in on-campus apartments or off campus.  

     Jacob Hart, sophomore management and communications double major from Marengo, Ill., is the residential assistant (RA) on third floor Marian Hall. 

     This school year Hart has four upperclassmen living on his floor, two of whom are returning Viterbo students. In addition, due to the overflow of housing, three male students are living in the lounge.

     “The freshmen students do not seem to be affected by having older peers on their floor and not having a lounge,” Hart told Lumen. “The lack of a lounge did change how I needed to approach my first floor meeting, since there was no common meeting space.”

     In Marian Hall, only the second and third floors have a lounge. The lounge is a common meeting area with a kitchen, furniture, and a television. This location is often used by most students as place to make friends or relax.

   “Having people living in the lounge has changed the dynamic of the floor. There is not as much of a community as I would like since there is no place to hang out,” Hart said. “Instead, they keep their doors open and try to hang out in their rooms.”

     In addition to not having a lounge, having upperclassmen has added an extra dynamic to his job, Hart said.

     “I was worried at first about having no lounge and upperclassmen living on the floor. I know it is tough for the 21 year-olds to abide by the housing rules, such as no alcohol in the residence halls, but we can’t make exceptions,” Hart said.

    Third floor Marian is not the only floor that has returning third or fourth year students living in the residence halls. The first floor of Marian also has a senior returning student.

  Cella Albuquerque, sophomore biopsychology major from Chicago, Ill., is the RA for first floor Marian.        

“I feel that having an upperclassman actually adds to the dynamic of the floor. She is able to give advice to the other students, such as teachers, classes, and other common college questions,” Albuquerque told Lumen.

    “As for my job, sometimes it is intimidating to have someone older on my floor. There is a role reversal since she has to listen to me, but she is older than me,” Albuquerque said.

     “I can image that it is difficult to be living in the residence halls as an upperclassman. They are older, but they cannot access any of the privileges which comes with maturity and age,” Albuquerque said.

   Both Hart and Albuquerque agreed that they are unable to allow any exceptions. They also said that there is a need for students to be better informed earlier on in the process for on-campus housing.

     “I am trying to make sure that my residents know that if they want to secure on-campus housing, they need to have a party of four, since they receive first priority,” Albuquerque said.

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