The Commons Residence Hall
Living and Learning on Campus
A desire to simplify her life is what led Peta-Kim Rodgers to live on campus at Nova Southeastern University. But it's the community that living in the residence hall provides that really allowed the self-described social butterfly to take off.
Before coming to NSU, Rodgers spent a year at Miami-Dade College, during which she lived in an apartment and had to balance school, work and daily responsibilities. After transferring to NSU, she decided to take advantage of the wireless Internet access, laundry, cable television, utilities and other services that are available in NSU's seven residence halls at no charge.
"Living in an apartment, I was paying bills, going to school, and working, and it’s difficult to juggle all those things at one time, especially being so young," Rodgers said. "It's really hard to manage everything all at once, so I figured it would alleviate a lot of my stress by moving on campus."
Now on campus at NSU, where she lives in The Commons residence hall, Rodgers is able to walk to class and is free of the worries of keeping up with monthly bills. That’s allowed her to focus more on her academics.
"It's a much more welcoming environment for studying and getting work done," said Rodgers, who is majoring in communications. "I have people to study with, and everyone in the halls understands that we all need to study."
She has also become immersed in college life. She’s a member of a number of student organizations, including the Pan African Student Association, the Raw Xplosion Modeling Troupe, and a photography club called Life, Camera, Reaction, and this involvement has allowed Rodgers to make stronger connections with her fellow students.
"I now have a very wide variety of people that I socialize and interact with. I meet a lot of new people and it's just a very big network," she said. "Overall, I just feel very involved in the campus community."
For more information on Residential Life and Housing, visit http://www.nova.edu/housing/.