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Hi, I'm Jarett Henry
and I'm a 3rd year student,
living in Cascade Hall.
After living in residence for 3 years
and serving as this year's RSA President,
I'd like to give a toast to residence life.
Now, there's something special about residence, something that people who haven't experienced it,
can't quite comprehend. It's not the indoor tunnels, or being close to the classroom.
It's not the freedom to eat whatever you want or to go out every night...
Things like these don't measure the value of the residence experience, well, because
they're just things. Residence is a place where your neighbour becomes your best friend,
and your support system. It's a place where the person down the hall becomes your tutor
and your common room becomes a community centre. It's a place where regardless of where you
come from, the building you arrived at becomes a home.
This toast is to thank residence for the incredible experience I've had and for all the memories I still have time to make
To shared hallways, and open door policies
To breaking free, and making connections
And finally, to leaving all the comforts of home behind, and finding one heck of a family here.