Department of Residential Life

Wisdom From Hong Residents

Hong is a great place to live because as a small hall, it becomes a very tightly knit community; I probably knew at least two-thirds of the sixty-odd residents in Hong. Part of our community is built just through living and studying together, but the Hong RHC is also very good at building community through events. For instance, toward the end of the year, we had an all-hall tie-dyeing event, toward the beginning of the year we played All-Hall Paranoia (in which the goal was to tag a target with a clean sock), and at our Christmas party a group of us played Catch Phrase long into the evening. Wing events help too; for instance the Spanish wing took a trip together to Seattle for a Hispanic film festival, and we often enjoyed planned our impromptu wing dinners together. By January, many of the first-years on the third floor of Hong knew each other well enough that when we found out class would be canceled the next day due to snow and ice, a large group of us stayed up together until almost two in the morning playing Mafia and laughing as the stories got crazier and crazier. [V.B., Hong]

Some of the first friends I made were in my hall, Hong. I loved living in Hong, and even though it was initially my second-choice residence hall. One of the coolest things about living in Hong is that it’s always exciting. There are always people coming and going because living in the International Hall, most people have either already studied away (maybe more than once!) or are planning to study away at some time. For someone like me who was interested in studying away, these people were an indispensable resource, both for advice and interesting stories. Also, when I decided to take the plunge and apply to study away, they were open ears for me and were willing to listen to me go on and on (and on and on and on) about how excited I am about studying away in the fall. One of the coolest things is that my roommate will be studying away in the same program as me, which gave us something else to bond over, as well as particularly receptive ears. [V.B., Hong]