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Special Interest Communities / Second Year Experience

Residential Life is pleased to offer Special Interest Communities/Second Year Experience for Upper-class Students, including rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Multiple rooms are the only available options for these communities. For 2014-2015, the following themed housing will be available.

Second Year Experience

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All students including sophomores who choose to live on campus experience an added value of professional staff members and RAs, area community programs, high-quality facilities, and a stronger sense of community and connection to USD.

Within the Alcala Vistas, there are special programmatic offerings, geared toward sophomores and the unique Vistas House Cup program.

Within the Vistas, a new addition for this year is a pilot SYE Special Interest Community, which will be located in Laguna Hall for 160 sophomores.

The SYE Special Interest Community will allow second year students to live together in Laguna Hall. These students will have the opportunity to explore what direction they are interested in pursuing both academically and professionally. Peer mentoring will be available for students to have access to choosing a major, career exploration, internships and USD's nationally ranked study abroad program.

This community will give students the tools and support they need to begin answering the bigger questions without feeling overwhelmed. The SYE Special Interest Community at USD is a key part of a student’s development as a Changemaker.

Space is limited and the Special Interest Community/Second Year Experience E-form is due at 4:00 p.m. on March 3, 2014, along with a completed on-campus housing application and nonrefundable prepayment.

Honors:

The Upper-class Honors Special Interest Community provides upper-class students enrolled in the Honors Program at the University of San Diego the opportunity to live in a diverse learning community of scholars, and further develop relationships with Honors Program faculty. The community is housed in spacious apartments on the second floor of the San Antonio de Padua Apartments. The facility offers outstanding community and study spaces for students to interact and is near the Mission Café and Rec Center.

You must be a part of the Honors Program to be eligible for this community. Space is limited and the Special Interest Community/Second Year Experience E-form is due at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, along with a completed on-campus housing application and nonrefundable prepayment.


Sustainability:

The sustainability theme community for second year students is housed in the apartment style spaces in the Alcala Vistas complex. Residents engage in sustainable living, receive reports of energy consumption by individual units and have access to blink®electric vehicle chargers. Residents will engage in environmental awareness activities sponsored by USD faculty and professional staff, share in opportunities for student lead initiatives, and are challenged as Changemaker students in reducing their carbon footprint with incentives provided by the USD offices of Sustainability and Residential Life.

Space is limited and the Special Interest Community/Second Year Experience E- form is due at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, along with a completed on-campus housing application and nonrefundable prepayment.

L.I.F.T- Living in Faith Together:

LIFT offers sophomore students the opportunity to Live In Faith together. An intentional faith community, LIFT is perfect for those who wish to explore the big questions of life: What do I believe? Where and when do I experience God most powerfully? Where does my deep gladness meet the world’s great needs? What is the meaning of my life and what should I do with it?

The LIFT community is based on the values of spirituality, community and service. Those who live in this community will receive the encouragement and support of others committed to growing in their relationship with God, with one another, and with their true self. Members of LIFT are encouraged to participate in weekly faith sharing nights; to engage in University Ministry sponsored Masses, retreats, and community service projects; and to live out their faith in all aspects of their life at the University of San Diego. http://www.sandiego.edu/um/.

Space is limited and the Special Interest Community/Second Year Experience E-form is due at 4:00 p.m. on March 3, 2014, along with a completed on-campus housing application and nonrefundable prepayment.