In the campus of Santa Clara University, there is always a place ablaze with light. Most people feel comfortable calling it “home,” but for me, at least for now, it is a brand new and unfamiliar place that I am still getting used to. My residence hall is called Graham, which is named after Charles H. Graham. Before coming to Graham, I had many hesitations about the social scene and fitting in, but I quickly found that it was the opposite. My caring roommate and suitemates, embracing community and acceptance from others forever changed my college experience.
In Graham, the physical border of the walls give us privacy, but it indeed brings everyone closer when I realize our coexistence with my caring roommate and suitemates. Graham is set up as suites: two bedrooms (with two or three people in each depending on size) connected by a bathroom, which has separate rooms for the toilet and shower. Such layout makes it easy to share with roommates. This design connects every single function to its user. In consideration of the demands of living in the dormitory are different from living at home, and it plays a harmonic role in the distribution of time and space among the several people.
Each wing and each floor of the building has its own kitchen, lounge, and laundry. The lounge is a place where you can easily make friends in your first weeks on campus and will continue to hangout in.
Graham is the newest residence hall as of now but coming soon is Finn Hall, which is supposed to be similar to Graham’s suite style. You can check out the construction on Finn hall here.