“The commons is really crowded this year, which makes it a lot less enjoyable and relaxing,” said Anderson Folsom ( ’14).
Seniors also explain that the Commons is not as exciting because it offers fewer features than in years past:
“The commons is nice if you want to be productive,” elaborates Gerald Horn (’14), “but it’s not as fun since [the administration] made it smaller and took out the couches and basketball hoop.”
While seniors recognize that some of the Commons space had to be removed in order to free up room for new faculty offices, they feel shortchanged of the privilege for which they waited three years.
The cut to the Commons, however, enabled this year’s larger, updated college counseling office. Needing office space for new counselor David Weiner, Entrepreneurship Coordinator Marc Steren, and STEM Coordinator Faith Darling, Bullis expanded the college counseling room into the back of the Commons and restructured its organization. Both the student body and the faculty are pleased with the expansion:
“The change between last year’s office and this year’s is truly night and day. This office is more professional, more welcoming, and helps us provide more attention to all of our senior class,” said college counselor Mary Frances Bryja.
Not only does the increased space fit more counselors, but also it is extremely beneficial for meeting with students and their families, hosting college representatives, and housing advisories. It even offers space for seniors to sit down and work during study halls.
These changes have drastically changed the appearance and functionality of North Hall. College Counseling can be more efficient, the wooden lockers are safer and more appealing, and the commons has the seniors longing for more space. Whether universally liked or not, these changes are necessary steps in the school’s overarching expansion plan.