JANSYN GORDON + ALEX ROSALES
Jansyn and Alex each live in one of the three on-campus housing options for freshmen girls. All freshmen students (except those commuting locally) are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing. Follow along as Jansyn and Alex compare living in Vail Hall and Pittman Hall!
JANSYN: One of my absolute favorite places on campus is Lena Vail Davis Hall, or just called Vail by students! It is the freshmen girls’ dorm that I and almost 400 of my closest friends call home this year. There are always people to see and things to do on all six of its floors. Vail’s east and west sides each have a laundry room on the first floor, and there’s a shared kitchen on the third. Vail is on central campus and close to the University Center and Caf, as well as the parking deck. For my freshman year, most of the classes and places I frequent are in this area, so it’s been quite convenient!
ALEX: Pittman is the most centrally located residence hall on campus. As my hallmate Audrey says, “It takes me 30 seconds to get the University Center and the Caf!” Even though this is obviously an exaggeration, she’s not too far off. It’s more like 45 seconds. Pittman is a smaller residence hall, which houses girls from freshmen to seniors. Pittman provides an intimate setting to meet all types of girls. On the first floor, Pittman has a kitchen and a laundry room, as well as a laundry room on the third floor. Each floor has a lobby with comfy couches, a study room, and amazing views of campus. I’ve loved living in Pittman ever since move-in day, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
JANSYN + ALEX: Almost all rooms in Vail are a two-person set up with a community bathroom on each hall. Pittman has a suite-style set up with a bathroom shared between two rooms. Rooms are traditionally set up with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and closet per roommate, and also a mirror on the back of the door. For shopping-obsessed people like me, the closets are a good size. The rooms are also a good size, and with some twinkly lights and cute bedding, it feels just like home! There are a few rooms that are different than the rest, like one-person rooms, rooms with private bathrooms, and a couple three- or four-person rooms in Vail.
JANSYN: When you think about it, dorm life is kinda like a huge sleepover! I was assigned to one of the rare 4 person rooms in Vail that I share with my three lovely roommates. This setup has been such a blessing. It has provided me with three other amazing girls to eat, study, or have late night talks with in our room. These girls have become some of my best friends and I thank God for such spectacular roomies! Because of the size of our room, we are able to have a TV area so we can invite our hallmates over for movie nights or Bachelor marathons. We each have our own corner and closet. Most people, however, share their room with one roommate, and whether your share your new home with 1, 2, or 3 people, you will love it!
ALEX: I love life with a roommate! For a person who values her personal space and alone time, this was my biggest surprise about dorm life. I wasn’t sure what to expect sharing a room with someone else, but I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have a person who will laugh with me and who is always down to create the most amazing memories with me. We each have our own area and a comfy futon to share, not to mention the biggest snack stash I have ever seen. We both have different majors and different class schedules, so this allows both of us to have needed alone time. Our room assignment has been the biggest blessing.
JANSYN: Almost all rooms have a community bathroom. These bathrooms are set up with several showers and sinks on one side and toilets and sinks on the other. Weirdly enough, the community bathroom is a social hotspot! I never understood it when people say you meet people in the community bathroom until I lived here! It’s where I hear about my hallmates’ days and get to know them better, all while I get ready for my day. They are clean and several bathrooms have been recently remodeled. Because Vail is all freshman girls, community bathrooms are such an easy way to meet people.
ALEX: Pittman’s first, second, and third floors have suite-style bathrooms. This means two rooms are connected with a shared bathroom, complete with a shower, toilet, and sink. Where I live on the fourth floor, has community-style bathrooms. There is a traditional community bathroom set up with several toilets, sinks, and showers, as well as some private bathrooms and a shower room. They are all newly remodeled. Community bathrooms are amazing!
JANSYN: Each hall has one RA who can help with adjusting to college. Like most RAs, mine plans hall activities like ice cream and movie nights and offered for us to go to church with her. My RA keeps her door open all the time and loves for us to stop by and talk to her. She is so sweet and so much fun! RAs will assist you with any room issues such a maintenance or general problems and allows you to become close with an upperclassman!
ALEX: Pittman’s RAs are the most amazing, selfless people ever. I know I can always come to my RA if I have any questions or need anything at all. She always welcomes visitors and is always open to talk to everyone on the hall. Even though hall meetings are mandatory, she makes it so fun and our hall activities are always a blast! My RA has definitely made living in Pittman even better and I know she is there for anything I need, whether it’s maintenance issues or just to talk about sorority stuff with me!!
JANSYN: Vail on the third floor has a kitchen, movie room, pool table, TVs, and piano that is shared by all residents. The fourth floor lobby is smaller, but also has great, comfy sitting for hangouts. The lobbies are great place to relax with friends, study, or make a phone call when you do not want to bother your roommate. Outside of Vail is the famous “Eno Village” where students hang their hammocks in the trees and hang out. As cool fall days approach, it’s a great place to relax after classes. Another added bonus is the wireless printer available for students, which means you can print whatever you need whenever you need. Vail is an incredible place to live or hang out. It already feels like home!
ALEX: Not only is Pittman crazy close to the quad, UC, Caf, library, all my classes, and literally everything, it is also right next to the football stadium. This makes the walks on game day to the tailgate and game so easy!
Want to learn more about residence life at Samford? Visit www.samford.edu/residence-life/.