by Maggie Crane, senior in Animal Ecology
Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Crane, and it is my third year here at Iowa State. One of my favorite parts about Iowa State is the people. I have gained so many great friends throughout my college experience, and a lot of them came from my freshmen year residence hall!
My first year at Iowa State, I lived on the Honors cluster Ebbers/Day in Geoffrey, and my living experience on this floor could not have been better. I met an amazing group of people on this floor and found some of my best friends that will stick around for life.
My friend group consisted of both honors and non-honors students, which is one of the reasons I really enjoyed living in a cluster. It provided the perfect balance. A good percentage of the floor contained honors students, who I often saw in my seminars and classes. But, there were also some non-Honors students on the floor, and they added the opportunity for me to meet people outside of our small Honors community.
My friends and I would spend our days doing homework in the communal floor den, going to dinner at the dining centers together, and just goofing off late at night. This group of people really became like a second family for me, which was exactly what I needed my first semester away from home. One of the best parts about living in a residence hall during your first years in school is that everyone is in the same boat. Everyone is feeling nervous, looking for friends, and missing home, so it is easier to relate to people and form these strong bonds.
I was also involved with Geoffrey’s housing association. The Day floor had our own committee, and I served as one of the birthday chairs. Every few weeks, our committee would meet to plan events for the girls on our floor. These events included movie nights, decorating, cookie frosting, and other optional events used to bring our floor closer together. Unfortunately, the year I was on the committee was also the beginning of Covid, so many of our plans did not end up being executed as we had hoped. Nonetheless, these events were a fun way to bond as a floor, and being a part of the committee was a wonderful way to meet new people and get involved!
I loved living on a residence hall, and I will always look back fondly on the memories made with some of my best friends. If you are considering living on an honors floor or cluster, I cannot recommend it enough!! You will meet others honors students with similar interests, which can lead to friendships that will last a lifetime.