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Blog entry: “It’s almost 1 a.m. and the previous day is still not over yet. At 5 p.m. today (December 3) my feasibility analysis for my business plan is due and, boy, am I feeling the pressure….As a way to take a break, besides writing a blog entry, I am also doing laundry.”

Brian Geiselhart, one of Ball State’s “Real Life” bloggers, is a guy who doesn’t want to spend too much time thinking about where he lives.

That’s why he likes living in Park Hall—Ball State’s newest residence hall that opened this fall. “It’s not four brick walls and a place to sleep and live for nine months,” says Geiselhart, who is a senior from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. “It’s inviting. You can relax. It helps relieve the pain of being away from home.”

The four-room clusters, featuring walk-in closets, feel more like apartments than traditional residence hall rooms. Quiet study rooms are tucked away from traffic. Technology is everywhere. Friends sprawl on comfy couches in front of fireplaces in the two-story lounges and watch their favorite shows on giant LCD TVs. And tonight for dinner, there’s a made-to-order stir fry cooked on a Mongolian grill at Woodworth Commons next door.

“What I like best about Park Hall is the level of privacy you are able to give yourself, from the study rooms to the bathrooms,” says Geiselhart. “Now I feel like I have two homes, the one I’m from and Ball State.”

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