Perks of the Humanities LLC
First-year students are grouped into one of six houses (Allen, East Wheelock, South, West, North Park, or School), and each house has their own first-year residential halls. My roommate Abigail and I are both members of West House, which has housing near the River Cluster in the Judge and French dorms. When I applied to Dartmouth, my high school friend Courtney '21 suggested that I live in the Humanities Living Learning Community (LLC) instead of in traditional campus housing. Courtney is now my Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) and we live on the same floor! However, looking back at my housing selection process, I realized there is very little information about the LLCs. I wrote this blog post to tell you five reasons why I love the Humanities LLC.
- No. 1
Free movie tickets
One of the biggest misconceptions about the LLCs is that residents must take extra classes and participate in structured discussions. There are no required courses or discussions, but my floor does have many residents that are passionate about music, writing, philosophy, theatre, and dance. One of my floor's shared interests is watching shows at the HOP, the cultural hub of campus. A large part of the Humanities LLC funding goes towards purchasing free HOP tickets. I have attended Telluride at Dartmouth, where I watched movies such as Ford v Ferrari and The Assistant months before they were released to the public. My roommate has attended the Film & Media Alumni Fest, where she participated in a weekend of movies and networking events led by Dartmouth alums.
- No. 2
My two-room double
The LLC community is one of the quietest dorms on campus, so I often study in my dorm. The accompanying photo shows my half of the room, which includes a closet, desk, chair, dresser, and bed—which were all supplied by Dartmouth. The other half of the room (which is not pictured) is my roommate's room, which is separated by a wall and a door. I cannot say that all dorms at Dartmouth or in other LLCs look like mine, but my room is a source of comfort and one of my favorite spots on campus.
- No. 3
Free LLC Dinners
During the beginning and end of the term as well as during midterms and finals, the LLC community will order food from local restaurants. Students come swarming for free Chinese food from Han Fusion and Thai food from Tuk Tuk. We also have "Humani-teas," where we drink tea, eat snacks, and chat with a Dartmouth professor.
- No. 4
A strong, supportive community
During my second day at Dartmouth, I panicked because I did not get the classes I wanted. Chloe and Jiyoung, two of my floormates who I barely knew at the time, woke up at 7:30AM to give me the emotional support I needed during Add/Drop period, where students sign up for classes that are still available. Chloe and Jiyoung became two of my best friends on campus. Our floor also hosts many "mandatory" events that are not mandatory at all such as Cake-Eating, Board Game, and Short Fiction Writing Contest Night. The friends I made on this floor make up a majority of my Dartmouth friend group and make me call the Humanities LLC my home.
- No. 5
Come back next term to learn more about our upcoming trip to Boston!