Living in my residence hall was such a great experience! As a sophomore I decided to move back in and live there a second time. Sophomore year I loved it even more!
After the initial “culture shock” of moving away from my parents and home state of California my residence hall became my home away from home. I baked pumpkin bread in the Yavapai kitchen, took naps on the couches in the living area and generally felt safe and comfortable there.
The best part of living in the residence hall was a sense of community. If you had a bad day someone would be there to give you a hug or talk about what happened. Someone once brought me soup because they heard I was sick. If you did poorly on a math test then there were people who could help you do better on the next one. The number of kind and supportive people greatly outnumbered the ones who were loud and obnoxious.
My room became popular because I had a comfy blow-up bean bag chair. That was cool. We fit about 10 people in my room for a homework party once. Freshman year especially can feel overwhelming but it is so much better when you are surrounded by other kids who are in the same position as you. Everyone wants to have fun and do the best they can in their classes.
Residence Halls are made up of a diverse group of students that are active in various ways within the U of A. Living in a residence hall is an easy way to stay in touch with what’s happening on campus. There are always groups of people from the halls that are going to the sports game over the weekend or seeing a movie or comedy show at Gallagher theatre in the student union. Speaking of the student union, all of the residence halls are a short walk away from campus restaurants!
My favorite Yavapai hall sponsored event was the water balloon toss held in our courtyard. The hotdog eating contests were also quite entertaining to watch. And we had “cookie hour” on Tuesdays when a hall council member would provide freshly baked cookies for everyone in the Yavapai lobby.
One of my favorite Yavapai nights was when a group of friends and I cuddled up in the living area and watched paranormal activity 3. We were all terrified by the end of the movie and bonded with each other while the resident assistants worried about our sanity.
Yavapai or “the Yav” as residents sometimes liked to affectionately call it, is special because of the people who live there. The community director, resident assistants and hall council work very hard to make sure that everyone feels like they’re at home.