SPRINGFIELD Mo. — It’s move-in day for students at Missouri State University. MSU offers a different housing option for students who want more than a typical dorm room experience.
Students can now unite around a common theme, and get to know their professors and peers, by getting involved in a living learning community.
Living Learning Communities, or LLC, provide students the opportunity to explore common interests with other students in their living environment.
“Our living learning Communities are really designed to provide students with an opportunity to transition to the Institution,” says Alisa Garbisch, Missouri State Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Success Initiative.
Garbisch says living learning communities are designed for first year students like Cole Totte.
“I’m a little bit nervous,” Totte admits. “I’m nine and a half hours away home. I’m from Wisconsin. I don’t know anybody from Missouri so getting to meet some people is going to be a little bit tough for me.”
Totte says he is hoping to make lifelong friends in the process of giving back to the Ozarks.
“Help out with service hours around the area and just give back what other people have been able to give back to me.”
There are fourteen Living Learning Communities to choose from ranging from creative minds to teacher education.
“We really really focus on that connection piece and want students to be real involved in their floor community and the opportunities that we offer here.” Garbisch says.
Research shows students that are involved with a community have a higher GPA, compared to the general student population that lives in residence halls
“Being part of the Living Learning Community really does provide you with a foot up.”
Students like Hannah King have been involved in LLC’s in years past. King is now a residence assistant. She says LLC students have stronger connections with the people on their floor. “I would just encourage them to look into it and encourage them to have open eyes and ears about it. Know that it is a unique opportunity to connect with other people with similar interests.”
Garbisch tells us the living learning communities will take part in a Day of Service where over 200 students will give back to non-profit organizations in the Springfield area.