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Your New Home in Residence

By Mitch Campbell

Western works hard to offer a student residence system that has been voted the best in the country for nearly a decade. It's no wonder that most first-year students choose to stay in one of the eight residences that line Western Road and University Drive. Filling out the residence placement questionnaire can be an exciting yet anxious experience; new students meticulously flip through the residence offer book and consult their memories of touring campus on preview days, comparing this building's amenities to that one's, all the while focusing on what distinguishes between them.

I remember the experience well. Looking back, I wish that someone had told me to dwell not on the differences between buildings but on the overwhelming similarities among them. A house is not a home by virtue of its architecture. Rather, our emotional attachments, how we live in a house, make it so. I was fortunate enough to be given my second-to-last choice of residence in my first year and I had an amazing time there. Why? Because strong and vibrant communities are found in each and every one of our buildings.

Our Director of Residences recently overheard an official of another university comment "that's Western for you, they just know residences." While I'm not one to denigrate a compliment, I would like to offer a more accurate one: Western knows community. Sophs, residence staff and secretaries, food service workers, and facilities management personnel all contribute in their own ways to creating phenomenal communities in each of Western's residences. To all of our residents, welcome home: wherever it is, it will be.

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