Question: Take a hundred or so intelligent, inquisitive, talented young people with way too much metabolic energy and put them in the same living and social space and what will you get?
Answer: Impossible to predict in advance, but our conviction is that it’s a chemistry experiment that’s eminently worth pursuing. If history is any indicator, the results will be both life-transforming and a lot of fun.
The Blount Scholars experience extends beyond the classroom and the curriculum. As a residential honors college come living and learning community, we select students who are not only academically and intellectually engaged but who view both the means and the end of such engagement as fundamentally social in nature.
One dimension of Blount social life is spontaneous and improvised. First-year students congregate in the many common rooms of the Blount dormitory to converse, play games (board games seem to be a passion with Blount students, though we’re not exactly sure why this is so), watch movies, and engage in all manner of impromptu shenanigans.
While Blount Students are leaders in every group and organization on campus, being a part of Blount lends itself to spouts of spontaneous creativity and the best way to expand that innovation is to surround yourself with other driven students. Whether that is student governance for Blount or simply expanding your inventiveness with a group of crocheting fiber fiends. And the best part about these specific groups is that they are only open to other Blount students. The range and possibilities of groups have no bounds. Check out some of our student organizations! Who knows, you might just create the next one on here.
Rituals, Ceremonies, and Events
Another dimension of Blount social life is imagined and orchestrated in advance—largely by Blount students themselves. Blountees are notoriously intrepid in creating organizations and working groups to pursue their interests and passions. Open mic nights, student-faculty dinners, musical performances, poetry readings, game day parties, to name just a few, are among the events through which upper-class and first-year students create fellowship and community. Visit Rituals, Ceremonies, Events to learn more.