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Keep Posner open to Dental Students

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Posner Hall has been a great place for all of us to live and call "home", and we want to encourage TUSDM to keep Posner available to dental students. When I was initially choosing a dental school, one of the many reasons I favored Tufts was because TUSDM offered dorms. I liked the idea of living close to school and meeting other students in the dorm, but I had no idea how great living in Posner would be. Posner has made my experience in dental school so much stronger. It is great to live in a community of other students. It’s wonderful to have older students around who have been through all of this before and can give advice. Most importantly, however, we have created our own Posner family. Few of us have family members close to Boston so having a family in Posner helps. We celebrate birthdays together, often eat dinner together, study together, and go to the grocery store together. When one of us has a hard time academically or personally, the rest of us are there for that person. It’s really amazing how close we’ve all become and what surprises me the most is that we are all so different. Without Posner, we would have never gotten to know each other this well, and I am sure there are some students here I would not have met at all if not for living together in the dorm. Posner also offers students significant conveniences. It is wonderful to live across the street from school so that walking home at midnight after a night in preclin or the library is easy and relatively safe, especially in bad weather. Chinatown is an expensive place to live, but Posner allows us to live affordably. Posner is a wonderful community full of opportunities to grow as a person and succeed in dental school. Posner has enriched my experience at Tufts and I am so grateful for the opportunity to live here. Everyday when we each of us walk in and out of Posner Hall we pass the glass plaque over the mailboxes that reads "Posner Hall; Gift of Hannah and Harry Posner; dedicted to the professions of medicine and dentistry". With this message adorned over the entrance way to our current home, I hope that the school really considers how important it is to give medical and dental students equal opportunities to live in Posner. We are not sure why TUSDM no longer wished to support Posner, but at the very least, we hope that we are still eligible to apply for housing in the dorm, regardless of who manages it.

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