Whelan hall is a co-ed predominantly freshman dorm located on the bluff with a lovely view of the marina. As a transfer student in my sophomore year, I was placed in this dorm partly because of my low priority registration date and the fact that I transferred in mid-year. I must say that I very much enjoyed my stay in this dorm, and it served as a perfect introduction to my career as an LMU student. There are many sets of pros and cons to living in whelan and the origins of each are usually traced back to it's location.
Perched near the bluff, the dorm gives one a stunning view of the city. The bluff is a ten second walk from the dorms front entrance and many nights I would take breaks from studying by sitting on a bench outside the dorm and watching the ocean as the sun set. Another perk is that Whelan is located next to the campus coffee shop, cafeteria, Jamba Juice, and bookstore. This makes it much more convenient to eat on campus, especially if you plan on carrying the food back with you. Whelan is a close knit community and you get to know a lot of different folks very well by living there simply because of how thin the walls are and how open and friendly LMU students can be. I developed many lasting friendships with my neighbors in the dorm which helped me to grow as a student and a human being. Another huge plus is that I was blessed by being placed with a very fun and interesting room mate. Had I been paired with a less quality person, it would have made the experience terrible. However, Whelan also comes with a set of draw backs as well.
The location of whelan could not be much farther from university hall especially since the majority of classes are in that building. Getting up in the morning and having to run to class because your alarm went of five minutes late is unpleasant. Another draw back to living in this dorm is the small room sizes. I kid you not, the room size is about what one would expect a jail cell to be. Also the bathrooms and showers are communal so it is wise to wear sandals in the shower because of increased risk of staff infection. The RA's are all very cool and laid back so don't expect too much strictness in that regard but quite hours are enforced heavily during mid terms and finals.
All in all my experience in Whelan was a great one, due in part mostly to the people who lived there more so then the dorm itself. The friendships that I made their far out way any potential qualms which I had about the location or the size of the rooms. I would recommend this dorm to any new LMU student simply because mine was so pleasant and not because of any qualities related to the dorm itself.
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