Yo yo yo, how’s it hanging MTV…I mean HMC Cribs! Welcome to my suite!
You’re in sunny Southern California today, visiting Atwood Dorm at Harvey Mudd College. Just to give you a background, Atwood is named after John Leland Atwood, an aerospace engineer famous for developing the P-51 Mustang during World War II and overseeing the Apollo program. You can read more about this great man and his contributions, including his most important one (Atwood Dorm, of course), here. Atwood is the only dorm on campus with three stories, and is the oldest dorm of the outer dorms. The outer dorms are the four dorms that are situated past Mills Avenue that we built after the original four dorms (West, East, South, and North). Atwood’s rooms are mainly organized in suites. Each floor has four suites, each containing four singles, a double, a triple, two bathrooms, and a suite common area.
One great thing about Mudd is that students in all grades live mixed together. For example, my suite currently has two juniors, one sophomore, one senior, and five freshmen. The Atwood suite I lived in freshman year was four seniors and five freshmen, and other suites in the dorm are just as mixed as we are. This creates an atmosphere pretty unique to Mudd in that upperclassmen have the privilege of mentoring underclassmen even in non-academic life. Coming to college can be pretty stressful, as it not only brings new academic challenges, but for many it is the first time they are living on their own. Upperclassmen oftentimes help freshmen adjust to life at Mudd, whether it is getting them involved in intramural sports, joining new clubs, or developing new interests such as teaching them how to play video games or to play chess. Also, they often times give advice about time management at Mudd and how they’ve found effective ways to both get school work done as well as keep up on nutrition, fitness, partying and having fun. Atwood is extremely serious about intramural sports as well, and upperclassmen play a vital role in getting the freshmen excited about inner tube water polo, flag football, and indoor soccer, to name a few.
Each of the suites ends up with its own personality, some changing year after year and others being “passed down” as legacy suites. One such legacy suite at Atwood is FunShine. I am a denizen of FunShine, and live in one of the three suites of the FunShine Empire. The personality of each suite obviously depends on the people that live in it, and this is something that is taken heavily into account when freshmen are placed into their rooms. Room Draw occurs in the middle of spring semester each year, and afterwards, the rooming assignments for next year’s seniors, juniors, and sophomores are all set. Then, over the summer, the Orientation Directors read all of the roommate matching forms for the year’s incoming freshmen and place them with roommates and near upperclassmen who they feel they would best fit in with. This is a process unique to Mudd, as it allows esteemed current students who are most in tune with what the campus and each dorm are like to put people where they fit in the best. This system is also extremely successful, and students most often end up living with their freshmen year roommates all four years, and oftentimes live with or near the upperclassmen they are originally placed for the rest of their time at Mudd.
Without further ado, I can now give you the (virtual) tour of my suite!
Well, now that you have seen the tour, GET OUT! And by that I mean come visit us and see Atwood and the other dorms for yourself!
Until next time,