Community in Campus Living

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Hello all, Sam Maze and Andrew Wilson here with a blog about our favorite part about college life: living on campus.

Both of us started out in Chrestman and progressed into Ratliff for year two. Even though there is a few years between our college careers, we were not surprised to find some common ground surrounding our experience in the residence halls.

We were both wary about living in community style residence halls. It's not that we weren't comfortable in our own skin or scared of anything, but there is a healthy level of apprehension about moving into a place with random people. Plus, you have to do your own laundry.

The funny thing is, as the year progressed, a level of community developed in between everybody who lived on the hall. We weren't cognizant of it at the time, but we were bonding over the simplest things. A camaraderie emerged from undergoing the same things at the same time.

We all had class and experienced the flood of adrenaline of waking up late but then being thankful that we livedso close to the academic buildings. We all gauged whether we would eat in the caf or swing by an on campus restaurant. We all had to do laundry, and eventually we would just leave our clothes in the washer and other people would move them to the dryer or to the folding table. We all pulled pranks on each other and played Call of Duty (or whatever game) until all hours of the night. Eventually, we began to leave our doors unlocked and live in an open community.

This didn't happen overnight, but looking back, it seems like a natural progression. There was an innate sense of commonality that developed into a culture of trust. This was reinforced by hall happenings ranging from weekly Bible studies, eating pizza, or even rearranging someone's furniture as a joke while they weren't there. There exists an incredible blend of a carefree attitude and an underlying stance of respect for each other's time, schedule, and personal boundaries. Sure we pushed the envelope, but we all followed the unwritten "Man Code of Ethics."

At the heart of it is essentially a brotherhood. We all could relate on being in the same place going through the same things, and that's what brought us together. Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." The common struggle of being a man at college is what made us brothers.

Final thoughts from each writer:

Since Ratliff is an upper-classmen residence hall, most of the guys living there were my closest of friends. Doing life with these guys was special because we were all like-minded, and interested in much of the same things. The time spent with these guys, especially in the residence hall, sharpened me as a leader and a Follower of Christ.
— Sam
I’ve lived in Chrestman, Ratliff, New Men’s, and hope to live in University Place this fall. Living on campus has been an integral part to my MC Story and I wouldn’t trade my experience here. The bonds I’ve made as a college student are the deepest friendships I’ve ever had and will stick with me for life.
— Andrew
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
— Proverbs 27:17

Until next time,

Sam and Andrew, Warriors, Ratliff Residents, Choctaws

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