By Megan Collins

In 2006, Eastern established a health science living learning community for first year students up to seniors. The community was created to provide a space for students in the area of health sciences to learn and grow.

“Students need a place where they can be in a quiet environment and have academic support,” said Nikole Hale, the associate director of academic initiatives from University Housing.

The community is open to students with health science majors such as occupational therapy or nursing. Undeclared majors are able to live in the community only if they have interests within said areas of study. There are 70 people currently living in the McGregor Hall heath science living learning community.

“I like it,” Morgan Johnson,19, nursing major from Irvine said. “It has been beneficial.”

Johnson said the community is friendly, and it’s nice to see people you know from your floor in your classes.

 Tori Carper, 19, an occupational therapy major from Grayson said she agrees with Johnson.

“I’ve learned more, and it is nice having roommates to help each other out,” Carper said.

For students to continue living in the community, they are required to have five hours of volunteer work for the health science program each month. Students are also required to attend programs, which are socially based and related to the student’s course content. The programs range from group study sessions to helpful study tips related to topics students are currently learning. Each month has a new area of study for these programs.

 “I could do without all the programs, but the volunteer hours are beneficial,” Alexis Hobbs, 19, an occupational science major from Meade County said.

Hobbs said she has met a lot of people in her major, and it is helpful when scheduling classes.

Emily Land, 20, occupational therapy major from Beattyville agrees with Hobbs. Land said the programs are a lot, but it is nice knowing there are people around to help.

The community works with faculty and staff in health science majors to further better the students in their studies. The faculty helps students apply for programs they need to get into for their major and help them meet the requirements of these programs.

“Living in the community is a good opportunity for our students because science courses can get intense, and professors have high standards,” Hale said.

Hale said the community provides students with special activities they can get involved in, which will give them excitement and encouragement from people who are actually in the field.