Community is essential to the Quincy experience — they don’t call it “The People’s House” for no reason! With its large courtyard, welcoming dhall (oh, have we mentioned hot breakfast yet?) and creative events, Quincy makes it easy to get involved. “It’s really easy to invest in the community because there is such a strong community here,” says HoCo co-chair Odessa Deng ’22-’23. And the Quincy community extends beyond just its residents. HoCo co-chair Liam Hall ’23 says, “being so central on campus you get a lot of people from other houses who come here and this ends up being the central meeting place.”
Regular events like festas (Quincy’s version of a stein) and weekly community dinners give residents something to look forward to after a long week of classes and commitments. Recent community dinners have involved group games and a timely Olympic theme.
If that’s not enough to get excited about, Quincy’s annual traditions are widely beloved for bringing the whole house together. The House also offers annual traditions that bring everyone together! In the fall, the House holds a field day that pits academic classes head-to-head in pursuit of victory. In the spring, Quincy residents look forward to a House-wide game of assassins this Spring.
Finally, an annual lip sync battle allows residents to show off their ~artistic~ side. After two years on Zoom, Deng and Hall are especially looking forward to the event’s in-person return.
The best thing about Quincy housing is that there truly is something for everyone. From hallways singles to duplex suites, the House has every living configuration imaginable, with even the option of living in apartment-style suites in DeWolfe for sophomores.
Quincy housing is divided up between two buildings: New Quincy and Stone Hall. Some might say that this is a bit of a misnomer since Stone Hall is actually newly renovated, but either way, both buildings offer plenty of housing options. New Quincy is mostly suites with in suite bathrooms and many singles whereas Stone Hall is more varied with rooms ranging from hallway singles to larger suites.
If Quincy residents are looking to leave their rooms for a change of scenery or a fun activity, they don’t have far to go. Common spaces like the Qube — Quincy’s library — and the Dhall are great for studying and procrastinating spending time with friends. If studying doesn’t sound too appealing, there’s always the chance to try your hand at pottery in the ceramics studio.
What is one thing you want freshmen to know about your House?
OD: They’re in for a good time. And I encourage them to buy into the community because they’ll have the best experience. I do think the community is special.
LH: We look forward to inviting them into the House.
If you had to liken your house to a fruit, what fruit would it be and why?
LH: I feel like we’re a honeycrisp apple because we’re relatively large, we’re sweet and we always deliver.
OD: We’re there for everyone!
What Hogwarts house would your house get sorted into?
LH: We’re definitely not Slytherin. I feel like we’re a combination of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff
OD: We’re also smart so Ravenclaw
LH: But no Slytherin, they’re not allowed
OD: Good vibes only
If you could describe your House with a HUDS dish, what would it be?
OD: The stuffed chicken things at Sunday Brunch. Because we have hot breakfast so it reminds you of that plus they’re just good!
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