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When I was a Freshman at Biola I learned what a Resident Director did and it has been my dream job ever since. I still can’t believe this is my job and I feel so blessed to get to serve Biola in this way. There are many things I love about being an RD, but if I had to pick what my favorite thing about this job is it would have to be the relationships I get to build with the students that live in Hope. Getting to have conversations with them about the beautiful and hard parts of life is a gift. I get to journeying with them as they discover more of who they are and who the Lord created them to be… like I said this is my dream job.
Built in 2003, Hope North is staffed by 8 RAs, under the supervision of Resident Director Tiffany Swafford. Hope is a traditional 'dorm-style' hall with community restrooms, two elevators and three stairwells. The main lobby is a two-story atrium; the second floor lobby overlooks this area. There is also a large 4th-floor lobby with balcony patio and two smaller study rooms.
Built in 2003, Hope Hall is the largest residence hall on campus, and is treated as two communities: the north end is known as Hope North, and the south end as Hope South, each with its own RD and staff of RAs. It was named in memory of the historic Biola building that was located at 6th and Hope St. in downtown Los Angeles. Hope is co-ed, with male and female students living in separate sections of the building, while sharing the lobbies, kitchens, and laundry facilities.
There is a centralized laundry room on the ground floor with 16 washers and 16 dryers. There is a large main-floor kitchen. There are eight oversized rooms, designed as 'triples,' and eight single rooms designed to accomodate students with disabilities. Behind Hope is an outdoor amphitheater that seats 200-400.
Hope Hall's doors are secured by an electronic access system, so only students can access the building during the day, and only residents may enter the building at night. Each individual room is key-locked for student security. Security cameras in outside and common areas are monitored 24 hours per day, and Campus Safety patrols campus regularly to ensure student security at all times.
Each room differs slightly, so your room may look different. There are many other ways to personalize the layout of your room from these samples.
Hope was my home. I learned the value of being a good neighbor there, as well as how to be a leader in my community. It is a place I will always cherish and remember as a place that had a lot of impact on who I am today
The people really love each other. It's like a big family. And out of all the dorms, we have a really good lobby life.
Hope Hall goes all out when dressing up for Nationball and Midnight Madness (it's a sea of pink). Basically, Hope is a non-stop party!
December's Eve All-Hall. It is a night where residents come enjoy Christmas spirit and cheer with holiday music, laughter, and merry-ness. The Hope community stays up late to toast and welcome in the month of December!
Nationball photos courtesy Aaron Fooks/THE CHIMES. Additional photos from Aaron Cantleberry.