Fordham’s Best Dorm, McKeon Hall

Fordham’s Best Dorm, McKeon Hall

A comprehensive guide to your first year in Fordham’s superior dormitory

Christa Tipton Negro

Atop Fordham’s Law School is one of the most notable features of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus: McKeon Hall. The freshman dormitory is a very tall contemporary building with large windows that offer great views. It’s the place.

A student’s experience at Lincoln Center isn’t until they visit the plaza with friends (before it closes at 10pm, of course) and look up at beautiful McKeon Hall to see the iconic, illegal LED lights that nearly every freshman decorates. will not complete. with their room.

Some freshmen worry about what living in a more traditional dormitory will be like, especially compared to McMahon Hall’s spacious apartments. Never fear because it’s a dorm and probably the best in all of New York.

There is a certain charm to it. Each resident has its own personality, and each floor has its own liveliness from the residents and ResLife student staff. The building itself has it’s own, from his four elevators shared by more than 400 residents, to the turnstiles by the diner that randomly allow or deny passage, to the oddly stained carpeted hallway. I have a habit. But nothing beats the experience of living at McKeon.

Residents complain about their own climate bins, one shared laundry room, and a wall that allows them to get close to their neighbors, but the closest thing Fordham Lincoln Center students have to a traditional college dormitory is There is no mistake. But a traditional college campus.

These unique traits can certainly add up and be frustrating, but they only add value to a second semester sentence devoted to freshman dorms. They make for hilarious stories to share over dinner, and the seemingly paper-thin walls provide entertaining gossip. Share with your friends. Time spent at McKeon creates many sentimental memories with friends.

Despite its flaws and what I believe to be a shoddy construction, the McKeon makes up for it with great views of the city. Ten-million-dollar views of downtown Manhattan, including Hudson Yards and, in some rooms, the Freedom Tower. You’ll also enjoy stunning views of the campus you call home.

Odd-numbered rooms have a different view. As a person who lived on this side, I think this side has a better view. Your room faces Uptown, allowing residents to see the Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, and part of the Hudson River. At night, you can see a building covered in white light and another building lit in magenta near Columbia University, 60 blocks away. The scenery is spectacular and students can see spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

If you’re on the uptown side of McKeon and looking for a fun game, head to Lincoln Center to find your room. My first grade roommate and I did it, and it was a great memory. We acted like proud parents when we recognized our room.

A view of McKeon Hall during the day. (Christa Tipton Negro)

Weird quirks and stunning views are certainly part of every McKeon resident’s experience, but newcomers are often most worried about one thing: What will their room look like?

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re looking for everything you can to understand what McKeon is all about.i know which one youtube videos What you saw is like a girl showing her room on the equal side and saying it’s the best side. (I still prefer the odd side.) YouTube videos are a great way to get an idea of ​​what the dorms look like, but McKeon has plenty more. you imagine

The furnishings are… familiar, and decorating the walls with posters and art is important, as a room without decoration can be dull, dull and stuffy. Also, it is recommended to have a desk lamp for better lighting. I will not advocate or support students breaking policies related to LED lights or hanging lights. Also, I don’t think they make the room any better and add much better light than fluorescent lights at all. I wouldn’t recommend getting them for your room as ResLife guidelines don’t allow them.

Anyway, it’s important to make the room as cozy as possible! Your room will take a while to come to perfection — there were only a couple of wall decorations when you moved in. After attending Anime NYC, I later purchased a Jujutsu Kaisen poster, a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure poster (from the Stardust Crusaders story arc), and other wall art. It took a while for it to feel like home.

To help freshmen meet new people, each floor of the McKeon has specific spaces ideal for social gatherings and ResLife-sponsored events, courtesy of each floor’s Residential Assistants and resident first-year mentors. A lot of people worry about making friends in college, but honestly, it’s pretty easy. Orientation is a great start, but your floor can also help foster a sense of community, and you’ll also have the chance to meet people from your floor and from other floors! You can go play.

McKeon is a lovely place to live. We encourage you to enjoy your short stay here and make wonderful memories in its hallowed halls with the lifestyle it provides.

Finally, like the students who live in McMahon Hall, not having a kitchen may feel like an inconvenience, but traditional college dorms are actually a great way to start your college career. You’ll have more time to focus on your schoolwork and can fully transition to living away from home. As many older students say, McKeon feels like living in a hotel. This is a great way to begin adulthood and college life before moving into her McMahon Hall apartment-style dormitory as a senior.

McKeon is a lovely place to live. We encourage you to enjoy your short stay here and make wonderful memories in its hallowed halls with the lifestyle it provides. Next year, when I return to McMahon’s apartment across the street from the Plaza, I can nostalgically look up at McKeon and remember my first year. Welcome to Fordham!


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