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Students give Thomson Hall the thumbs up


“The best part about Thomson is that we have more of our own space,” said Monica Hagan, a senior from Louisville who is on the swimming and diving team. “The suite style gives you lots of options. My roommate and I actually made two bedrooms by putting one bed and desk out in the living area. With my swimming schedule and her student teaching, she can stay up late and study, and I can go to sleep after swim practice. It’s really worked out well.”

Marshall Jolly, a senior from Paris, Ky., also appreciates the degree of separation the suite style gives him and his roommate.

“My roommate and I have different sleeping schedules. I’m in bed by midnight, he might not be in bed by 4 a.m., and he likes to take naps during the day. It gives us the opportunity to have that cordoned off space, where if one of us wants to sleep and the other wants to be on the computer, we don’t disturb each other.”

Jolly also likes the expanded social and meeting spaces of Thomson Hall.

"The College Democrats and College Republicans sponsored an evening in the 1780 for the campus community to watch the vice presidential debate on TV. Also, our hall had a meeting with our resident adviser at the beginning of the year in the lounge at the end of our hallway, and that worked out great.”

High ceilings and plenty of natural light make Thomson Hall rooms feel large and airy.

One of the goals in designing Thomson Hall was to offer upper-class students who are very active on campus an appealing alternative to moving off campus for their final college years.

“We wanted to have a place on campus for very involved, engaged students who are providing campus leadership,” said dean of students Mike Vetter. “Their involvement means that living far from the University would be difficult for them.”

Hagan and Jolly both fit that description. Besides being a member of the swim team, Hagan, a biology major, is involved in Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honorary, the Biology Club, and community volunteer work. Jolly, an American Studies major, is a member of the speech and debate team and is president of the Kentucky Forensic Association. He is also co-coordinator for the Transylvania Episcopal Fellowship.

Hagan sees her senior year in Thomson Hall as a warm-up for life after Transy.

“I feel like Thomson is a good stepping-stone between dorm life and apartment life,” she said. “We have to clean our own kitchen and bathroom, and that makes you grow up a little and be aware of what has to be done to maintain a place. It’s good preparation for being on my own after graduation."

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