One of the oldest housing areas of Vanderbilt campus is Kissam Quad. Colloquially, Vanderbilt students refer to the process of getting relegated to this housing as being “kisslammed”. In fact, this year is the last year of Kissam Quad’s existence, as the buildings are being torn down next year to make way for a new housing experience.
Is living in Kissam Quad really that bad? While I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s certainly not the Commons anymore, I like to think Kissam has a bit of charm to it. It’s homey (see the featured picture for this post). The rooms actually are surprisingly large enough to incorporate the large amount of stuff I seem to have accumulated in my young life and I have a lovely view overlooking Wilson Hall. It’s also nice getting to know my new floor mates—many of them transferred to Vanderbilt this year, so they’re experiencing everything for the first time. Plus, I get a built in workout every day since I live on the fourth floor and there are no elevators.
Though I certainly miss having Commons food just a few minutes away, it’s nice to be on main campus amongst the hustle and bustle of Vanderbilt life. I’m also a lovely 3-minute walk from my first class, which is certainly a change from the 15 minutes it generally took to walk from Commons to main campus.
I think, having lived here for almost a solid two weeks, I can say that being “kisslammed” really isn’t all that bad. In fact, I might even miss Kissam a little bit when it no longer exists next year.