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First-years find community in new Johnson Pond housing

Behind Miller Library, the newly constructed Johnson Pond dorms are undergoing their finishing touches. The buildings, still mostly covered in blueskin construction wrap, have been under construction since last spring. All four buildings will be fully finished by the start of the spring semester this year.

The Johnson Pond dorms do not follow the same design theme as the much of the college’s on-campus housing. Instead of the brick exterior classic to the College’s older buildings, these dorms have wooden panel siding and peaked gray slate roofs. Large windows allow natural light to easily enter the dorms and provide residents with views of nearby Johnson Pond.  

Wooden flooring, wide hallways, and an abundance of natural light create a bright, open, and clean living space. Residents often study, hangout, and relax in the two newly furnished common areas on the first floor of Pond House One. 

At the start of this semester, members of the class of 2026 moved into two of the four Johnson Pond dorms. The third building will be open by October, and the fourth will open for the start of the spring semester.

Residents of Pond House One, Ashley Kwon `26 and Leo Goodman Rubin `26, said they are glad that they were placed in Johnson Pond housing and enjoy living in the new dorm. They both live on the second floor, which they feel has already become close over the first few weeks of the semester.

“The second floor has a good sense of community,”  Kwon said. “We’ve arranged movie nights and trips to Walmart where we’ll all go and get snacks before the movie nights. We’ve also thrown someone a birthday party, and everyone contributed.”


~ Veronica McIntyre `24

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