CU freshmen from the other side of Baseline Road are sharing their stories about living in the newly renovated towers at Williams Village.
Kevin Fletcher, a 20-year-old freshman geology major living in Will Vill, said he generally feels connected to the rest of the student body, but that the doors on the ninth floor of his dorm are kept closed.
“I think that will change as time goes on,” said Fletcher, who recently transferred from a community college in Connecticut.
He said he feels more connected to the main campus than to his dorm mates, but enjoys the fact that he has friends who are also transfer students.
The Buff Bus, a transportation option for students who need to get to campus from Will Vill, comes to pick up students from Will Vill and the Bear Creek Apartment buildings every five minutes.
“Sometimes the buses get really close together,” Fletcher said. “[But] it’s pretty good. I haven’t been late so far.”
Jordan DePaolis, an 18-year-old freshman integrative physiology major, and a resident in the new dorms in Will Vill, said she doesn’t mind riding the bus because it stops right in front of her classes and that even though Will Vill is far away she feels connected to the rest of the student body.
Jessica Troncoso, an 18-year-old freshman economics major, also lives at Williams Village.
“I think the trade off between having a nice, new dorm and having to ride the bus in the mornings isn’t that bad,” Troncoso said. “And I heard a lot of the [dorms] here [don’t have] air conditioning, so that’s nice.”
Kristena Hulen, an 18-year-old freshman integrative physiology major living on central campus in Cheyenne Arapahoe Hall, said she loves living in her dorm, except for the band playing too loudly from time to time.
“I love being on campus because everything is super close,” Hulen said. “I feel like everyone’s still in that awkward phase of transitioning, [but] I’m getting to know my floor really well.”
Greyson Bolles, an 18-year-old freshman finance major, said that although the amenities at Will Vill are great, he finds it inconvenient not living on campus.
“I don’t feel so much disconnected from the student body as disconnected from the university itself,” Bolles said. “In the morning the buses are really consistent but through the rest of the day they just stop coming as much.”
Bolles said that applying to CU later in the year affected his chance of getting an on-campus dorm.
“I applied in April and sort of got the short end of the stick for housing,” Bolles said.
Eric Tobin, an 18-year-old freshman architecture major, lives in Willard Hall. He said he enjoys living in the heart of the student community and likes the ease of being close to all his classes.
“The independence is really… I’m going to say… awesome,” Tobin said.
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