Tour GuideNoelle Mercer
Yale's residential colleges shape our culture, traditions, and customs. Let me explain how they work.
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Time has come for me to explain Yale's residential college system and housing and how all that works. So every year old student, every Yale College undergrad is placed into one of eels, fourteen residential colleges. Although last year I was in trouble and I transferred. S o every student this place into one of these residential colleges and basically what you'll tour guides like to say is that the rest colleges are like microcosms of the Yale community. Each college, like student population, will represent what the Greater Yale looks like. So every residential college has its basic amenities a dining hall, a gym, a library on laundry, a game or a TV room. Basically, anything that, as a college student, you would want to have accessible and at your disposal and your residence hall. The other cool thing about Yale's residential colleges that each college has its own unique history, traditions culture, For example, Jay has a really fun tradition called Wet Monday, where, I believe the first on the first Monday of March, all of the first year's that live in far known back in old campus. They come with buckets of water and like water guns and water balloons at midnight, and they storm the gates of Jay. Basically, basically, they're trying to get into the common room, trying to get into the entryways. I can't the upperclassmen wet with the water that they have. They lose every year because Thie upperclassman is just dump buckets of water outside, you know, into the courtyard and onto the unsuspecting first years. That's a really fun tradition that we do every year, and it's something that's unique to Jay on. A lot of colleges have, um, fun, little traditions and weird things that they do. Each college has a dean and ahead of college, and the deemed typically presides over the academics of the students, whereas the head of college presides over the social life and social well being and social cohesion of the college. Both of these people live in the college with the students, so they're very accessible. So unless you're placed into Silman, Timothy Dwight Benjamin Franklin are palling. For your first year, you live on old campus and you live with other members of your class that are in the same college as you are on. It's very brief and asked you if you're a morning person if you like to listen to music loudly home if you're messy or meat, and then the university collects all that data, and then they put you into sweet according to your college and your preferences. If your place in one of the four colleges that I mentioned before you live in the college your first year and that's mostly due to space, there's just enough space in those colleges Toehold for class ears. If you live on old campus for your first year, you're second year. The exciting thing about your second year is that you get to choose your suite mates. So a lot of people decide to stay with this sweet that the university aside them, because usually it ends up working out. The thing is, you you live with people in your college, or you can do what I did, which is I trance. So my first year I was placed into Trumbull College, so I lived in Bingham Hall on old campus with five incredible young woman. I found so much love, support, friendship and community and Farnum Hall, which is where the J E. The Jonathan Edward Edwards Kidsday on DH It just so happened that all my friends were in J. So I realized halfway through my first year that I really wanted to live with my friends. Now I'm in Jonathan Edwards and I got, too, and I'm living with whom My best friends And there goes my pencil hum and it's honestly, I'm so happy that I transferred colleges. I think at the end of the day, that's the beauty of the residential. College system is that even though Yale can be a pretty big and almost intimidating space, you can always return to your small community and your rest college. College is a RH, typically pretty small, so um, I know almost everyone and that I know almost everyone who lives in J because we're a pretty tight knit community.