NIU Dorm Life: Living in Grant

By Leah Spagnoli

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Grant Hall is located on the west side of campus on Grant Drive closest to Central Park. Grant is split up into two parts, North and South.

Next semester, Grant C will be open with newly-renovated rooms that are up to 50 percent larger than before, said Kate Schaab, interim assistant director for Marketing & Public Relations for Housing & Dining. Newly-renovated bathrooms will provide increased privacy for students.

This residence hall provides two Living Learning Communities. The Exploring Majors House is located in Grant B.

The other LLC will be new next semester. The Journeys of Spirituality & Meaning will take up one floor in Grant B.

Other in-hall amenities include a computer lab, wireless network in all floor lounges, tutoring center, smart classrooms and laundry.

For dining, Grant provides two different eating areas. Grant North is home to Sunday Brunch, and Grant South includes the Northern Lights Grill and Breakfast.

Freshman meteorology major Kristin Elliott said the other people living in Grant are easy to get along with.

“I feel really comfortable with all the people in the building and it’s comfy with a home-like feeling about it,” Elliott said.

Sophomore business major Ariel Stegmann feels differently.

“I don’t really like living here because I don’t like people,” Stegmann said. “I can’t control when they shut up.”

The Exploring Majors House is specialized for first-year students who are uncertain about what major they want to specialize in, or has an idea for a major but isn’t sure how it applies to a career.

Housing & Dining and the Academic Advising Center work together to ensure that students discover their true passions and are able to acquire the skills needed to achieve their goals, Schaab said.

Students living in this LLC benefit through getting involved with career exploration, workshops, and academic major fairs. Field trips are put together to show students a variety of workplaces and careers. Academic advising topics are covered to keep students up to date with the information necessary to check the progress of their academic goals.

The only requirement to live in this house is students must be in their first year and want to explore majors.

“The elevators are the best part,” said freshman education major Tawone Autman. “The only bad part is that the beds are so close together.”

The Journeys of Spirituality & Meaning Floor will be for students who desire to meet others with similar beliefs while speaking with others about multi-faith commonalities. The floor will celebrate open-minded curiosity, the tolerance of more than one belief, and the freedom to practice one’s own spirituality, Schaab said.

Residents will be able to participate in service projects, discussions about the social impact of faith, and field trips to local and regional places of spiritual importance, Schaab said. Students will also be given a great deal of freedom when suggesting topics and planning floor activities.

There are no requirements for living in this house.