The more things change....(part 2)

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The more things change....(part 2) October 13, 2021

A couple months ago, Bruce Gordon (BCE '75) reminisced about moving into Fenn Tower 50 years ago. This month, junior Mason Repas shares how the experience — a half a century later — isn't that different.

Once a resident and now an RA, junior Mason Repas shares how moving into Fenn Tower has impacted her experience at CSU.

“When I first moved into the residence halls as a freshman, I was pretty nervous. I had never been away from home for longer than a week or two. The night before move-in, I had a lot of trouble sleeping. I had spent the past few weeks preparing for college, and I remember this moment when I had finished packing at around 2:00 a.m. when it finally all sunk in. However, when I met my roommate on move-in morning, a lot of my nerves were eased. We got along well, and we were both excited to have such a nice room with a beautiful view on the 18th floor.

I believe living in the residence halls has helped me grow a lot as a person and a student. I’ve been able to experience independence as a young adult and I’ve learned a lot about responsibility. As an RA especially, I’ve been given valuable opportunities for improving my leadership skills.

Perhaps most importantly, living on campus has been instrumental in helping me reach my academic goals. Being on campus has allowed me to focus on my academic career, which I’m certain has had a positive impact on my grades. I feel very lucky that I always have a quiet place with a stable internet connection to go to, where I can concentrate on school. 

Being on campus has also provided convenient access to the abundance of resources and services offered by CSU. I love that everything — from the library to Playhouse Square, to the Rec Center — is within walking distance of where I live. 

I could not be more grateful for the long-lasting friendships that have been strengthened by living on campus. I feel grateful to be part of this wonderful community, where I have met many new people. 

Living on campus, I feel understood by those around me. Loving where I live has truly made my college experience a great one.”