Two out of my three years here, I have lived in All-freshman housing, and let me just say that it has been an amazing experience thus far. My freshman year I lived in Jones Hall, one of the two freshman residence halls (the other one being Onondaga). The minute I walked into Jones, I felt right at home. My Resident Assistant, Emily, welcomed me and showed me to my room. Doors were open, and once I had moved in, I quickly started to get to know the other girls on my floor. Community in Jones was built from day one. I don’t necessarily think that’s a “Jones thing” though. I think that’s more of a “Geneseo freshmen thing.”
Now I am in my Junior year and I am still friends with many of those girls that I befriended on my first days on this beautiful campus. As a Junior, I don’t live in your typical upperclassman housing. That’s right, I am back with freshman, as a Resident Assistant in Onondaga hall. The experience is certainly different than my experience in Jones, not only because I am an RA, but because “Daga” as we lovingly call is, is a little bit different than Jones. Being the largest residence hall on campus, it is like a tiny world in the greater universe of Geneseo. I am still meeting people every single day, and that is such a refreshing and exciting experience.
So you might ask about that sense of community I felt in Jones? I feel it just the same in Daga. I watch community being built right before my eyes. I watch my residents take the initiative to start their own sports teams and have floor movie nights. It is certainly an interesting experience to watch.
The question of the century remains…Daga or Jones? My answer is this All-Freshman Housing. Starting college can be pretty difficult. It’s a new school, a new geographic area, and new people. All Freshman housing is amazing because all the residents are in the same boat as you are. They are looking to meet new people and make new friends. Having lived in both buildings I can easily say that at the end of the day, neither Jones nor Daga is better, they are both the best.