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Gunderson Hall

Gunderson Hall (First Year Students)

  • Co-ed residential hall with five floors
  • Community kitchen and computer lab
  • Recreational TV lounge
  • Internet access

Meet the 2021 Resident Advisors

Landon Barcel

Class of 2022
Business Management

Why did you come to Midland?

I came to Midland because of the diversity and community that Midland had to offer. Attending a smaller populated university helped me build a better relationship with my professors, coaches, Midland staff, and students.

What do you enjoy most about living in the residence halls?

I enjoy being able to connect with the residents from different types of backgrounds and learning their stories. I also enjoy being able to guide them through their first year of college and make it the most memorable first year they could ever have.

What makes Midland special?

The fellowship and relationships. At Midland, you’re not just a number, and the majority of people on campus know you by name and you will always recognize a familiar face. All the students do a great job of encouraging one another on the athletic side as well as the arts.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Get involved. Get outside of your comfort zone and reach out to as many people as you can. Entering college is where you’re starting a new chapter of your life and the friends you make now will be the same friends once you leave college. It also creates more opportunities for you in the future.


Morgan Gilliam

Class of 2022
HPM – Exercise Science

Why did you come to Midland?

I came to Midland to continue my education as well as my powerlifting career.

What do you enjoy most about living in the residence halls?

The community!

What makes Midland special?

The diversity!

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Get involved and make memories – you don’t get this time of your life back!


Madyson Ray

Class of 2024
Psychology

Why did you come to Midland?

I came to Midland because right when I stepped on campus I felt welcomed. I went on a tour and had the opportunity to see all the resources Midland had to offer and I could see myself being successful here. I could tell that Midland opened doors for people, helped them grow, and provided a wonderful community that supported each and every student. I wanted to be a part of that family.

What do you enjoy most about living in the residence halls?

I really enjoy the community. One of my favorite parts is having conversations with my residents as I’m washing my face, or bumping into someone just walking down the hallway and ending up having a really long conversation with them.

What makes Midland special?

What makes Midland special are the people that make up the Warrior family. Without the amazing staff/faculty that are constantly working to make our experiences great, or the surrounding students that are so welcoming and friendly, Midland would not be the same. Each person is so unique and it gives Midland that special feel because we can all learn so much from each other.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

The advice I would give to incoming students is to get involved! It’s a great way to make some lifelong friends, do something you love, and contribute to a cause bigger than yourself. Find people that make you feel like yourself and that you belong. Setting up a social network is essential to dealing with loneliness and homesickness in your first year of college.


Scott Tatum

Class of 2024
Business Management and Digital Marketing

Why did you come to Midland?

I came to Midland to get my degree and play baseball.

What do you enjoy most about living in the residence halls?

I love living next to my friends and being close to my classes.

What makes Midland special?

Midland is special in many ways, but the attribute that stands out the most to me is the family aspect of the campus.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Do not hesitate to meet new people and get involved. I made most of my friends through events, clubs, and activities.


Carter Welch

Class of 2023
Psychology & Sociology

Why did you come to Midland?

I came to Midland because of the community aspect. Upon arrival for my tour as a senior in high school from small-town Wisconsin, I initially thought that I would simply be “a student” here. Quickly, I learned that all the professors and faculty throughout campus really do care for the students and want everyone to achieve their dreams. Once I arrived at Midland as a student in the fall of 2019, I learned that relationships don’t stop with your sports team, but are created everywhere that you go on campus. I have made so many life-long friends throughout various involvement on campus and within my field of study.

What do you enjoy most about living in the residence halls?

I enjoy being a resource for students to any degree deemed necessary by them. I remember my freshmen year feeling a little “lost” and not knowing the ins and outs of college. Thankfully, I made the effort to establish a relationship with one of my teammates who was also an RA and she had helped me gain confidence in myself throughout campus, which I will forever be thankful for. Because of the interactions I had my freshman year with the Res Life team, I made it a purpose and point to do the same and give back to students across campus. Being a resource and helping students find their purpose and passion is truly something I strive for with everyone that I interact with.

What makes Midland special?

Midland is special because of the level of involvement and passion you see in students on campus. Having over 30 varsity sports, an in-depth Performing Arts program, 20+ student organizations, and the diversity we cover across the United States and the world really makes campus special. Every student here is valued and has a story. I love getting to learn about people and see what drives them, whether it be on the stage, on the field, in the classroom, or within the residence halls. It truly is a special community at Midland and I am thankful to be a part of it.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Be yourself and with that, pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient. Find your passion and run with it. Don’t let anyone talk you out or talk down on the dreams you have for yourself. It is so important to keep what matters to you close to your heart. You will find people who support you and want to see you achieve everything you want as well in due time.

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