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Living-learning communities connect like-minded students in residence – University Affairs

More students are opting to live in theme-based residences.

JAN 10 2019

Before she had even applied to Wilfrid Laurier University, Grace Jansen in de Wal heard that she could live in residence on a floor dedicated to history students. The students would be offered special programming from group study sessions to communal cooking, and even a field trip at the end of the year. At the university’s open house, she met a student who raved about the residence program, so once she received her admissions package from Laurier, Ms. Jansen in de Wal knew exactly where she’d apply to live.

That fall, she joined 21 other history majors on a themed floor connected by a common course called “The History of Piracy in the Atlantic World.” By springtime she found herself on a 10-day field trip to Puerto Rico following in the footsteps of the pirates they had studied, visiting forts and a sugar mill, kayaking through a mangrove swamp and experiencing local culture. Now in her fourth year, Ms. Jansen in de Wal has returned to Puerto Rico with the same program, led another cohort on a tour of medieval sites in England, and works as a don for a themed residence community devoted to film.

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