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Professor Phil Kesten
In our Residential Learning Communities, students take some of their classes together, have many opportunities to develop close relationships with faculty and staff on the RLC leadership teams, and get more actively involved more quickly in their college education. That’s really why I got involved with the RLC program – our communities provide more opportunities and incentives for students to connect their academic experiences with their residential and social ones. By creating a culture in which these connections are natural, we encourage students to carry academic conversations beyond the classroom. As students study and learn together, they develop strong bonds that last a lifetime.
Anna Houk, Orientation Leader
Like many freshman students, I entered Santa Clara with an overwhelmed but eager mind. I anxiously awaited the friends I would meet, the classes I would take, and the experiences I would have. The transition from high school to college poses a big change, one that is impossible to predict or anticipate, which can be both exciting and stressful all at the same time. With a whole new world of freedom, independence, and responsibility that lay ahead, I did not have the slightest clue of what to expect. To my surprise, my RLC became so much more than simply a place to live. It’s a rare community that you’ll be lucky to find elsewhere during your lifetime. I entered Santa Clara as an enthusiastic but apprehensive freshman, worried if I would live out that glorified college experience everyone so often talked up. After my first year, I can confidently say that I left as an integral part of a community, one that will provide guidance, friendship, and comfort for the remaining years to come.
Natalie Lemas, freshman
Our RLC not only worked hard academically, we also played hard. One of my favorite events was when my we went to jump at Sky High, basically a huge gymnasium covered in trampolines. It was amazing! Practically every person from my RLC attended and we had such a great time just goofing off together.
If only someone had told me in the beginning how easy and effortless it was to become part of a new community at Santa Clara, it would have saved me a lot of stress! Really, my RLC became my family away from home and I am proud to say that I am part of such an amazing community of people.