It’s strange to think that it’s already my third year at SMU, but it’s even stranger to know that it’s my third year living in Virginia-Snider, the Honors Residence Hall. I lived in VS my first year on campus and then was an RA (Resident Assistant) last year for the building. This year I’m on staff as the Senior RA for my building. Seeing the Hall fill with first-years last week reminded me of so many things at SMU, and especially of how much I’ve enjoyed living on campus. I’m really excited to see what the new building campaign will bring to campus and how much students will enjoy living in a Residential Commons for two years. Currently, SMU is in the planning stages of building a new set of Residence Halls in the south area of campus. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, they will roughly double the amount of spaces to live on campus. Currently, SMU first years are required to live on campus, but with the new housing project they will be required to (read: able to) live on campus for their first two years. There are exceptions to this rule, but for the vast majority of students that this will affect I’m really excited. VS is one of the communities that they are basing the new housing models on, where students from all four years will be living in the same community. This is great because students have the chance to interact with people from all four years, who are involved in all sorts of things on campus and majoring in all sorts of different areas. This was incredibly helpful to me when I was a first year as I could ask the upper classmen what organizations to get involved in or questions about my classes which they had taken before. Plus, it’s great getting to live in the same community for two years, because it becomes something that you can take pride in and then invest in the new students as they come to the University. All of that to say, I’m excited to be back on campus for my third year and living with all of my friends on campus!