The Community Column

The LLC Community Column features news, updates, and events from the Honors Living Learning Communities.  

Social Impact

On Saturday, January 19th, the Social Impact LLC attended the Women’s March 2019. The LLC traveled together to the Boston Common, where they heard speeches from women from many different organizations and backgrounds. The speakers focused on various issues our country is facing today, including racism, anti-Semitism, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, disabled rights, etc. and encouraged the audience to challenge the system and fight for equal rights for all. Some students decided to make signs that they took to the March with them. The most powerful and enlightening moment of the event was hearing all the different speeches since the women who spoke came from many different racial, ethnic, religious, etc. backgrounds and talked about a variety of issues as opposed to focusing on just one. This shed a light on how people from different groups face many different forms of discrimination, and how we can stand together to fight for equality for all, not just those groups to which we belong.

Technology & Creativity

A group of students from the Tech & Creativity LLC went to the MIT Museum! Exhibits included Arthur Genson’s Gestural Engineering exhibit, which consisted of dozens of small kinetic sculptures which moved whenever you pressed a pedal beneath them, and an exhibit on neuroscience and the brain, with dozens of intricate drawings of the brain done by Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

Gaming

The Gaming LLC with Professor Duncan Davis traveled to Boda Borg on the Orange line to participate in “escape room” style puzzles. Only those working at a team can succeed!

Explore Boston: Community Service

The Community Service LLC volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, which is a nonprofit organization that collects, sorts, and distributes donated clothing, school supplies, toys, and other items to children throughout the state of Massachusetts.  The LLC “shopped” throughout the warehouse, gathering items to fulfill specific orders for children in need, and created packs for more than 100 children during the shift.

Explore Boston: Arts, Theatre & Comedy

Explore Boston: Arts, Theatre and Comedy came together in East Village for their own Paint Night! The art-lovers in the LLC got to experience a hands-on artistic learning approach while unwinding and socializing before a hectic finals week.

Globetrotters

The LLC traveled to the annual Indonesian Festival in Copley Square to learn more about Indonesian food, culture, and dance. While there, the LLC learned about the dances particular to each region and their accompanying garb. Students also were able to see the cultural similarities to neighboring countries. Students had some traditional teas as well as meals that were delicious. Overall, it was a great cultural experience organized by students.

Foodies [Floor 2]

On Sunday, October 21st, Foodies celebrate the festive month of October by partaking in a collaborative baking event with RA Sally and HLLA Nubia! The students make pumpkin-themed desserts. The event was a success, and the students were able to enjoy these delicious treats with one another as an LLC.

Explore Boston: News, Politics and History

The LLC took the commuter rail to Salem, MA. There, students visited the witch history museum and took a tour of some of the original sites from the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. To end the day-trip, they walked around Salem to see other historical sites and observe the area during the height of Salem’s tourism.

Foodies [Floor 11]

On Sunday, October 14th, the Honors NU Foodies LLC made apple pies with apples purchased from the Boston Public Market. At the market, students learned about organic, locally-grown produce and interacted with the variety of vendors. Students also enjoyed warm apple cider donuts and fresh baked bagels. Back at East Village, HLLA Nikhil hosted the LLC group to create their fall festive treat.

Outdoor Adventure

The Outdoor Adventure LLCs went kayaking on the Charles! On Sunday, September 16th, students visited Charles River Canoe and Kayak and spent the morning kayaking on the river.