Testimonials

Submitted in 2018 by: Chris Scro

TOTA Wolf Plaza SnowWhy did you join Exploratory Studies Village?

“As a general rule, Exploratory Studies students are required to live in the village.”

Would you recommend Exploratory Studies Village to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Being in Exploratory Studies can be hard to not know what you’re doing, but it helped so much being around people that were in the same situation! It was encouraging to me and helpful in my own journey. Tucker and Owen are also in a really convenient location on campus and the rooms/bathrooms are awesome!”

How has the village impacted your college experience both personally and professionally?

“Personally, the village has given me friends and a support system for my transition to college and professionally given me resources and encouragement to achieve academically and in furthering my professional development.”

Please describe your best village moment.

“The best moment I experienced in the Village was our Tucker/Owen beach volleyball tournament where my hall (Owen) brought home the win.”

Is there anything you’d like to add regarding your village experience?

“Both my resident mentor (Katherine) and resident advisor (Lauren) have been excellent. They both have been friendly, helpful, warm, and welcoming, which so helped me in transitioning to college. They are always available to hang out, chat, give advise or support and just be here for us however we need. I’ve gotten to know Katherine a little more than Lauren, and Katherine has been such a good source of encouragement and resources for me and also a friend during the tough times being in a new situation. They both take their jobs seriously and actually enjoy being with and wanting to get to know their residents. I so appreciate them and what they have done for me and for other residents on this hall. They deserve to be recognized.”

Submitted in 2018 by: Madison Ruff

Owen Hall Movie Night

Why did you join Exploratory Studies Village?

“I joined my village because I wanted to be able to explore my interests before I anchored down into a major.”

Would you recommend Exploratory Studies Village to incoming students? Why or why not?

“I would recommend this village because it forces you to go out of your comfort zone and broaden your horizons in ways that might not have occurred otherwise.”

How has the village impacted your college experience both personally and professionally?

“It has caused me to step out of my comfort zone, with great success. I have now become much more accepting of new experiences and more adventurous in these experiences. Professionally, I have been able to connect with many people and strengthen my networking skills within a supportive community in preparation for the professional world.”

Please describe your best village moment.

“My best village moment is when we gather in the lounges and hallways and just socialize, whether it be about classes, going to workout, or just chilling we always have a good time together. I really love the community in this village.”

Is there anything you’d like to add regarding your village experience?

“I want to call out Caroline for being an all-around awesome person! She is always ready to meet you with a smile and goes out of her way to befriend all of us. Her natural charisma just radiates, and it has been very comforting to know that she is there if you need her.”

Submitted in 2016 by: Maggie Short

Why did you join the village?

“It was part of the Exploratory Studies program.”

Would you recommend the village to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Yes because it helped me decide what to major in through a project we had to do for our first-year class.”

Describe your best village moment.

“I made a ton of new friends on the Exploratory Studies Leadership Potential Retreat. It was a weekend retreat at Camp Rockfish in Fayetteville. We did a bunch of team-building activities and learned a lot about how to be a more effective leader.”

Anything else you would like to add to your experience?

“I’m glad I did it”

Submitted in 2016 by: Sierra Jones

Why did you join the village?

“I am in Exploratory Studies and Owen and Tucker are said to be the most social dorms on campus and I wanted to live in a social place where I could meet many new people. The rooms in Tucker and Owen with hall bathrooms and sinks in the rooms are the most ideal living condition in my opinion.”

Would you recommend the village to incoming students? Why or why not?

“ABSOLUTELY YES! I have thoroughly enjoyed living in my village. Having hall style dorms allows you to meet many new people. I have made a solid group of friends and it is so nice being able to come back to my dorm with everyone’s door upon and always having someone to talk to or who is willing to help out. The social aspect of my dorm has allowed me to meet so many people and get involved in different organizations on campus.”

Submitted in 2016 by: Emma Dimming

Why did you join the village?

“It was highly recommended since I’m in the Exploratory Studies Program.”

Would you recommend the village to incoming students? Why or why not?

“I would recommend it to incoming students because I have had an overall positive experience in the village.”

Describe your best village moment.

“Staying up late with some of my fellow village members and getting Cookout milkshakes!”

Anything else you would like to add to your experience?

“It’s nice to live alongside people who are on a similar page as you, but at the same time, villages house a large variety of different people. It has been nice to meet all sorts of different people in the Exploratory Village.”

Submitted in 2016 by: Victor Eduardo

Why did you join the village?

“I don’t really know what I want to major in, and previous Exploratory Studies alumni have strongly recommended the Village to me. They told me it would give me time and support to decide what I wanted to do, which I found to be very helpful.”

Would you recommend the village to incoming students? Why or why not?

“Definitely! Few people know for certain what they want to study, and a lot of people worry that they’re being forced to make a potentially permanent decision at an unpredictable time in their lives. Exploratory Studies offers an alternative option.”

Describe your best village moment.

“My best Village moment is probably something that happens all the time: people understand each other’s confusion about a major.”