“If it weren’t for the residence halls, I wouldn’t have made as many friends.”

“If it weren’t for the residence halls, I wouldn’t have made as many friends.”

Katerina Zambanini, a junior majoring in communication arts and sciences at Penn State Berks, had an early introduction to the campus because her father is on the faculty there. “I’ve seen how beautiful the campus can be,” she says. “Not to mention it offered the major I wanted and was just close enough to home.”

For Zambanini, living on campus is important because she is active in several campus groups, including Lion Ambassadors, Residence Hall Council, and the Campus Activities Board. “I wanted to make sure that if there was a meeting, group project, or event on campus I wasn’t driving home at 11 at night,” she says.

Friendships are another important part of Zambanini’s on-campus experience. “If it weren’t for the residence halls, I wouldn’t have made as many friends,” she says. “A group of us who lived together during our first year still gets together for game nights. And my suitemate and I will often sit in our common area and just talk for hours.”

Zambanini appreciates the resources and facilities available at Penn State Berks. “You have the space to interact with other people, and programs that they offer make it a true learning community. We recently had a program focused on growing herbs, for example. The opportunities for creating and maintaining friendships, the different learning environments that living on campus can facilitate, you can’t put a price tag on that.”