Sophomore Living Options

October 1, 2018

     As sophomore year approaches, students may be unsure of which dorm pick. Unlike with their first year, sophomores now have nobody to tell them where they have to live. As honors students, we all had the pleasure of being able to call Bergstrom our home, except for a select few outliers of course. Gone are the days of cozy lounges where everyone could meet up to socialize. Now it’s time for sophomore year, and it’s our turn to choose where to move next.

     From singles in Burke, connected doubles in Mary Minahan McCormick Hall (MMM), and triples in Sensenbrenner, there’s a variety of living options available for sophomores. However, perhaps the two most popular are Victor McCormick Hall (VMC) and Michels Hall.

     VMC is a three-story dorm with rooms made for four students. The rooms contain a front room with four desks and a back room where the four beds reside. Brianne Barta, a former Bergstrom resident, calls VMC home alongside three roommates. While Brianne says “having one roommate [had] its perks,” she enjoys the space that the front and back rooms allow. Of course, she enjoys having a bathroom shared between only four girls instead of a full floor as well. All of that aside, one of her favorite parts of her new living space has to be VMC’s central courtyard.

     Another Bergstrom Alumni, Chase Collins, finds himself calling Michels Hall his new home. Michels Hall is a suite-style dorm, each with four rooms housing two students. This is seven more than last year when Chase found himself the occupant of a single room after his roommate left at semester. Chase has enjoyed his time so far in Michels, and is especially pleased with the apartment feel Michels has, giving him the chance to “feel more like an adult.” A step up from first year living, Michels suites have their own private bathroom, much like VMC, except that this bathroom is shared between the eight roommates as opposed to four. Also, as sophomores this year, the residents are in charge of cleaning. Chase discovered the downside of this requirement when he and his suitemates saw the “toll” that eight people, especially boys, had “on the bathroom and living room.” How’s that for taking on more adultlike responsibilities?

     In the end, both former Bergies have enjoyed their new living spaces thus far. Offering new layouts, better amenities, and a fresh start, you can’t go wrong with wherever you pick! Also, be sure to check out the Housing website in the future where there will be videos uploaded giving virtual tours of the different living options available.



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