Incoming freshmen at Coastal Carolina University can now choose Smart Choice Housing, a campus initiative that encourages students to make responsible decisions as part of their life plan. Sophomores living at University Place, an apartment complex owned and managed by CCU, may also join the program.
Special Interest Housing has been developed by the Office of Residence Life and students to enhance the living-learning atmosphere in residence halls. These options, called Living and Learning Communities, give students the opportunity to share in experiences with others who enjoy similar interests and lifestyles. Students feel a sense of ownership and camaraderie with their fellow residents.
Areas of special interest housing include science and math; honors; sea house (about the sea and beaches); professional golf management (PGM) community; and undeclared majors. Smart Choice Housing will be located in The Woods Residence Hall on campus.
"It's not about staying quiet," says Paula Drummond, director of Residence Life. "It is about respecting others and being positive about behavior and its impact. Students who sign up for Smart Choice Housing will have to understand the concept and commit to it."
"I want to live around people who are serious about their school work," says Tara Antoinette Smith, a marine science major from Baltimore, Md. "By living in Smart Choice Housing, I'll be better able to concentrate on my studies."
Initiated in 2009 in response to trends in alcohol consumption by college students-a major concern at universities across the nation-Smart Choice is one element of a comprehensive approach designed to create a culture of accountability and responsibility to prepare students for success during their college years and after graduation.
For more information on Smart Choice Housing, call the Office of Residence Life at 349-6400.