Dana Drosdick

Dana Drosdick
Sophomore
Digital Communications and Spanish
Ballston Spa, New York

Honors Floor: 4. Floor Meetings

Floor visioning last year at Lake Michigan.

Floor visioning last year at Lake Michigan.

One of the requirements for living on the honors floor is attending a weekly meeting every Sunday at 4 p.m. These meetings vary in topic, from team-building activities to learning more about yourself and the world around you. Some particular floor meeting traditions are “three minute me,” “interumination” and “bigger or better.”

Every week, three people participate in “three minute me” until everyone on the floor has done one. During the three minute me, the person takes a minute or so to tell a little about themselves, and then the rest of the time is used for questions. These questions range from nostalgic—“Describe your childhood home,” to light-hearted—“What is your spirit fruit?” finally to ridiculous—“What is the last first thing you’ve ever done?” It’s a great way to get to know floor members you typically don’t see and learn about their passions and interests.

“Interumination” is an interim tradition on 3rd vR. Rather than having the RAs lead floor meetings, the students living on 3rd vR get to lead it. Typically two or three people sign up per meeting to give a lecture on something they’re passionate about. There have been interuminations on coffee, Peru, twins, parkour and more. Each interumination allows the speaker to teach the rest of the floor about something they love and are passionate about.

“Bigger or better” is an annual tradition that happens at the first floor meeting every year. The RAs split the whole floor into groups of three or four and send them out into the neighborhoods of Grand Rapids with a paperclip. The point of the game is to knock on people’s doors and ask if they would be willing to trade the paperclip for something either ‘bigger’ or ‘better.’ Each year, the results seem better than the past. Items received in the past include a functional lawn mower, a single car door, an old television, a supposedly working grill, an offer for a hot tub (which sadly could not fit on 3rd vR and was, therefore, not taken up on) and more. Any quirky thing found in the 3rd vR lobby likely comes from a previous year’s bigger or better.