SMQ is clearly the superior dorm on campus. Even though it was sadly cut short by corona, during the couple months I spent there, I made so many amazing friends and had a great time! From Bachelor Mondays and munchies to game nights and formal, Shepard is such a fun and close-knit community that it feels like you never left home. Y’all should DEFINITELY stay in SMQ freshman year - best decision you’ll make; I promise.
Ruhi S. '22
Shepard is more than just home away from home. It is a scrapbook full of memories and excitement. It is the smell of fresh cookies in the oven, the murmur of lively chatter in the rosy evenings. It is the laughter of your favorite people over the TV and the tinkling piano keys. It is the warm embrace of the couch in wintertime as you curl up for your latest read. It is all of these things, and more- because Shepard isn't just any community. It's your community.
Shepard is the best dorm on campus! It's the perfect distance from classes (not too far of a walk, but not too close to feel like you never leave), is close to both Allison AND Foster-Walker dining halls, has access to Willard perks, is situated in a beautiful courtyard, and is close enough to Target that you can pretty easily lug a plastic cabinet back on foot (personal experience). But what actually makes it the best is the community! There are so many opportunities to make friends, and I've found some of my best friends here.
Large dorms are a sham. I mean I guess if you like dirty showers, crazy cats, and have the extra 10 minutes a morning to simply leave your dorm, then large dorms are for you. However, no dorm can beat the sense of family and camaraderie Shepard Res. College has to offer. Also, our dorm was recently renovated. Trust me when I say that you need that. GO SHEEP!!
I love Shepard because everyone really is like a family! I know so many other people that live in other dorms and don’t even know the people on their floor. At Shepard, I found a community. We all are kind to each other and it feels more like a home than just the temporary place you’re living!
What I love about SMQ is the massive kitchen. The community is very tight-knit and loving, and it is so common to walk through the doors and find someone baking cookies, always happy to start a conversation and share some delicious treats. One of our dorm members always made cookie bars while we watched The Bachelor together- I was constantly looking forward to those Monday nights. Munchies every Thursday night is another fun community event, centered on our open kitchen style. SMQ is the best community on campus, and it starts from our stunning kitchen space!
I've so, so, so valued the warm and welcoming community Shepard provides its residents. It's truly a home away from home!
My favorite part of SMQ is the probably either the study room (which not only has a giant whiteboard but is a great place to meet people) or the proximity to Frans, though the latter is not great for my health.
The Shepard community is PHENOMENAL. You really can't find a dorm where everyone fully endorses the work hard, play hard lifestyle. Because Shepard is a multi-thematic res college, there is a wide diversity of majors, skills, and talents, and it's always mind-blowing to hear about and even witness each and every person's passions. But above all, I love my fellow sheep because they are all some of the most kind and caring people I have ever met.
The worst (best) part of living in SMQ is that I’ll plan to only relax with friends in the lobby for five minutes—and then five hours later, I’ll be having too much fun chatting, playing 2 Rooms and a Boom, or watching the Bachelor to be stressed about homework. The frequent freshly baked goods only compound the problem.
One thing that sticks out to me about Shepard is its multi-thematic nature. You meet people from every place, studying every major, in every school on campus. As an engineer, this led to the expanding of my understanding of my fellow classmates and allowed me to learn a little bit of their studies and daily routines. This truly gives Shepard a diversity of thought that is unlike anything I’ve experienced, in the best way possible!
I like how small the dorm is and what a close community there is, and I especially like all the baking that goes on.