“It’s almost impossible to think of living off campus.”

“It’s almost impossible to think of living off campus.”

For Emilio Figuera, a junior majoring in criminal justice at Penn State Berks, living on campus just makes sense—for a number of reasons. “It’s so convenient,” says Figuera, who has lived on campus his entire time at Berks. “You’re close to classes, dining, and the library.”

After his first year on campus, Figuera became a resident assistant (RA). “I applied to be an RA because of the one I had,” he says. “As a first-year student living away from home, you can sometimes feel lost. Having that big brother or big sister there to help you out and say ‘I’ve been there and I know how it feels so let’s figure this out together’ makes all the difference. My RA stopped by every day to make sure we were okay. I want to do that same thing: to be there for our residents, to be a support system when they need it.”

“It’s such a close-knit community—it feels like home,” says Figuera, who is involved in the student government association and the sustainability committee on campus. “For me it’s almost impossible to think of living off campus. You’re always close to friends, and we all learn from each other.”