Living on campus
Living on-campus at the University of Arizona was a scary thought for me because I had never lived outside of my family’s home before. I had no idea what to expect from living in a residence hall. It also didn’t help that I had heard the many horror stories about the residence halls.
Since I have a very active imagination I constantly worried about my first time living in a residence hall. I worried that my roommate would be messy, or messy and mean, or even worse, someone who was messy, mean and didn’t particularly like taking showers. I worried that I would never get a good sleep because it would be just too noisy in my hall. I was also concerned about my belongings being stolen or broken as well as not being able to make friends with the people who lived in my hall.
Once I moved-in, my perspective completely changed and now I am going on my second year of living on-campus. At first, I was pretty uncomfortable with the thought of living on-campus. Having a roommate was one of my biggest worries, but thankfully we both got along well and we happened to have a lot in common (Doctor Who anyone?). I actually remained good friends with my roommate from freshman year. We still hang out and talk to each other.
Having a roommate is a big part of living on campus, but it is definitely only one part of the experience. One major benefit of living in a residence hall is that you can pretty much roll out of bed at the last possible second and still be on time for class. You can easily find someone to study with around your hall, and each hall has a rec room where you can relax and meet new people.
Along with the convenience of living in a residence hall, it is a great way to become involved on campus and make new friends. Each residence hall has a hall council that allows residents to get involved, plan activities, and meet many people. I met a lot of cool people who were in hall council. Another way to get involved is through the Residence Hall Association, which helps plan larger events between many of the residence halls on campus. They also work to make the residence halls environmentally friendly. These are all great involvement opportunities, but even just attending the events is a lot of fun!
Last year, I attended an event put on by a residence hall called Arbol de la Vida. The event was called “Carnivida,” not only did they have food, but many clubs and organizations attended as well. There were also performances from some of the a cappella groups on-campus, a club called the Flow Cats and The Charles Darwin Experience that is an improvisation group here at the University of Arizona. It was tons of fun to see all of these performances as well as see friends I knew from other residence halls.
Like anything else, living in a residence hall is what you make of it. My suggestion is make an effort to leave your room once in a while and be open to new experiences. Before you know it, you will be moving out of your residence hall and will have to make the decision of living in the residence halls again, or off campus. I remember not believing my parents when they said that I would have a fantastic time living in the residence halls, but believe me when I tell you that it is a lot of fun. Just stay positive and refrain from worrying and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.