Eight SMU undergraduates and four faculty and staff members are exploring the birthplace of residential colleges: Oxford, England. With stops in London, Cambridge, and Bath, this group of residential leaders are searching to answer the question, “What is the culture of a true residential college system?” The students, faculty and staff hope to bring back ideas and traditions to enhance SMU’s new Residential Commons system.
An update from Residential Community Director Krystal K. Jones and Residential Life Assistant Director for Training & Development Eleanor Luna: As our group flies home to Dallas and traverses several time zones, there's that eerie feeling of time travel. When we land tonight, we will relive the evening we've just experienced in England, but then the sense that one has traveled back in time has become all too familiar over these past few days. Our group has now spent a total of 10 days in London, Cambridge, Oxford and Bath. Many of us were reminded just how relatively young our nation, city, and university are, and we sometimes asked ourselves if these ancient customs would translate to SMU. In fact, [...]