A living/learning community is exactly what its name makes it out to be. In U of M, its basically a community of students that uphold certain traits and values, and take classes and live together. Here are some of the reasons why everyone should try to join one in the university.
1. Certified way to make friends
Think about: if you’re joining a group that holds certain values, traits or activities to be extremely important, it means it’s members have to uphold them too. The people who’ll you’ll be surrounding yourself with may have a similar mentality to yours. You’ll also have to take classes and see these people every day so it won’t be hard to make great friends quickly.
2. They’re a lot of fun
Being in a living/learning community is better than being randomly placed in a dorm because the partake in a lot of extracurricular activities. That refers to movie nights and hundreds of activities that depend on the season of the year. These can serve as a refuge from the midterm season for anyone who’s been feeling stressed.
3. You’ll learn a lot
Since you have to take classes for these living/learning communities, you’ll also learn a lot about things you probably didn’t think you’d need. For example, for the Michigan Community Scholars Programs, its members have to take a 1 credit course that invites activists and people who have made an impact to speak.
4. More tight knit than a regular hall
If you were to walk through some of the halls in Bursely and Baits, you’d realize that it’s deadly quiet. That’s because some of those students rather keep to themselves instead of socializing with their neighbors. In living/learning communities, the environment is a completely different atmosphere, for the better.
5. Great way to find mentors
Living/learning communities are a great way to find mentors because they’re filled with great people you can aspire to be. The RA’s and directors of the community will always want what’s best for you, so you don’t have to hesitate to sit down and talk with them about anything and everything. They’re there to help you be better.
As you can see, living/learning communities are great for first-year and transfer students who quickly want to connect with other people who are similar to themselves. In U of M, some of these include Living Arts, the Honors Program, Residential College, and Health Science Scholars Program. If you’re interested, you should check out the U of M website for more information. You’re bound to find at least one where you’ll fit perfectly.