Located in Governor's Corner, Potter is a quiet upper-class dorm, small enough for residents to get to know one another, large enough to consider big ideas. It is a community of listeners. Residents who choose Potter as their home are able to press pause on their own opinions and imagine things from another’s point of view.
Diversity is celebrated as students learn not only the art of conversation but how to connect with those who are different. As Brenda Ueland wrote, “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. Think how the friends that really listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius as though it did us good, like ultraviolet rays. This is the reason: When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.”
At Potter House, university students enjoy intellectually stimulating conversations late into the night, partake in group bbqs in the afternoon, and might even join in on a game of cricket on Saturdays. Friendships made here last a lifetime.
What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?
Quiet, mellow, lots of kindness, lots of beautiful nature (trees, lake lag)
What qualities make a successful Potter staff team member?
2 things: Good Listener + Responsible
What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?
Smores & stories at the fireplace.
Board games in the lounge.