My life as the Fresh Pres(ident) of Bel Air

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Ana Maria Maganto Ramirez
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Coming to Edens, I was extremely nervous about how things would turn out. The majority of my dorm mates freshmen year were people I did not feel connected to, and my RA was usually MIA. More than that, people always talk about Edens as a sort of “black hole” of West Campus because of it being the farthest dorm from all the academic buildings and the Bryan Center. This less-than wonderful experience my freshman year led me to become involved in house council and become president.

Even with all this negative opinion surrounding the dorm, I can honestly say it has been an incredibly positive experience. Both RAs are extremely friendly and excited to foster a sense of community, and they make themselves available to everyone. Moreover, the small amount of people in the dorm makes it really easy to get to know other people in the dorm. Even the housekeepers have been incredibly friendly and welcoming! It doesn’t even matter that Edens is the farthest from the academic buildings and most of the West Campus facilities because the environment is so relaxed and open that it makes it easy to take the extra few minutes to reach my dorm.

In the semester that I’ve already spent here, we’ve had a Chipotle event, a DUI performance, a Finvite to the Durham Food Tour, and a trip to the DPAC to see an accapella group.  The best part about it is that, because it is an independent house, the people who go to these events all have different interests and involvements at Duke. There is an incredible artist in my hall, some lacrosse players who get really extreme when they play Ping-Pong with each other, and a guy who orders Grace’s Café for delivery almost every day.

There’s something incredibly comforting about the consistency of coming back from class and seeing the Grace’s delivery guy or hearing the pitter patter of the ping pong ball. As my RC said in an email the first week of classes in August, Edens really is “the hidden gem” of Duke. I love being part of this community and helping it grow as a community with my position.
 

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