The Commons Residence Hall
Living a Life of Leadership
For most college students, freshman year is a time of adjustment. But for Kory Evans, the adjustment time was accelerated as he quickly settled into a role as a campus leader.
Admittedly nervous when he made the move from his hometown of Philadelphia to Nova Southeastern University – where the only person he knew was another student he met on a campus tour – Evans turned check-in days at the residence halls into an opportunity to find friends and connect with his hall mates. It quickly developed his social network at his new home.
"My room overlooked the parking lot, so I'd see when everyone was moving in," said Evans. "I met a lot of people who were moving on to my floor because I was never in my room. When I'd hear a door open, I'd shoot out to see who it was and that's how I met a lot people. Eventually, the group of us from the floor kept growing larger and larger."
Soon, Evans expanded his network beyond his residential floor and became involved in several student organizations, including the SCUBA Crew and the Society of Anime, Games, and Entertainment (popularly known on the campus as S.A.G.E.). But he also took on leadership positions, including becoming vice president of the Nature Club and public relations chair for The Commons Hall Council, part of the Residential Student Association. By the end of his freshman year, he secured a position in the Student Government Association as a member of the Organizational Standards Board.
Helping Evans to assume and excel in leadership roles was living on the LEAD 1 (Leading Empowering Aspiring Developing) floor in The Commons Residence Hall, one of several theme floors in the five-story state-of-the-art residence hall that opened in 2007. Theme housing clusters students with similar interests or in the same academic program on a residence hall floor together, and programming for the floor is centered on certain themes. Other theme floors in The Commons include LEAD 2 for upperclassman, Greek Village, and Quiet Community. The Rollins Hills Graduate Apartments has theme floors for students studying in law and the Health Professions Division.
"It's been really helpful to be on the Leadership floor," said Evans. "My resident advisor, Kendall Ramsijewan, has given me really good advice on a number of occasions, especially when I ran for SGA. Whenever I had any questions, I could just call him up and ask him."
Having now completed his freshman year, Evans, who is majoring in marine biology, will move into the Leadership II floor for his sophomore year – giving him the opportunity to continue growing his leadership skills and even pass on advice to others.
For more information on Residential Life and Housing, visit http://www.nova.edu/reslife.