John Coggin discusses what it was like to live in the Scholars Village as an undergraduate. Interview on May 30, 2012. (1:37)

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I still miss dorm life. [Laughs] 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:02.489
I loved being around a group. I think there were around nine hundred students in Sullivan, 00:00:02.489 - 00:00:07.928
with the dining hall right across a little park area. 00:00:07.928 - 00:00:14.434
To be able to constantly be meeting new people through friends 00:00:14.434 - 00:00:19.384
to have different groups of friends 00:00:19.384 - 00:00:21.627
that you could go out to eat with, go do something with, 00:00:21.627 - 00:00:24.212
study with, if that's what you do at school, 00:00:24.212 - 00:00:26.221
I loved the community that's built, 00:00:26.221 - 00:00:31.039
and I really especially liked being in the Scholars Village 00:00:31.039 - 00:00:33.838
because you were also part of the University Scholars program, which 00:00:33.838 - 00:00:36.854
which is an enrichment academic program at State that 00:00:36.854 - 00:00:40.404
For three years I led a lot of these trips, 00:00:40.404 - 00:00:44.682
but you would go to plays and museums and art exhibits. 00:00:44.682 - 00:00:48.565
I went to New York. They have trips to Europe. 00:00:48.565 - 00:00:52.106
You take what you learn in college and you apply it to the world, 00:00:52.106 - 00:00:58.428
and think about how your education can be applied in many different aspects. 00:00:58.428 - 00:01:05.089
And as you're living that embodiment of your education 00:01:05.089 - 00:01:09.808
you're doing it with these other people and you're also living with those people 00:01:09.808 - 00:01:12.625
so you get to talk about it over dinner. 00:01:12.625 - 00:01:14.369
You get to hang out in each other's dorm rooms forever and have great conversations. 00:01:14.369 - 00:01:18.709
So the community aspect of dormitory life, 00:01:18.709 - 00:01:23.957
and especially the scholars' village and villages like it on campus, 00:01:23.957 - 00:01:27.258
I think is an incredible part of the college experience. 00:01:27.258 - 00:01:30.153

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