Making the Most of Your Housing Experience
Freshman year comes with many exciting opportunities, one of which is the freedom of living by yourself, or with a roommate, in one of the many residence halls offered on campus. Living in the residence halls is a great experience. I met some of my best friends in the residence hall I lived in freshman year, but the fun really begins to start in later in your college career when it is time to move off campus.
Living in a small room with another person, or more, is very far from what reality is really like, but it is an important reality to many incoming freshman. I was lucky enough to get along with my freshman year roommate to the point that she became one of my best friends, and here we are, our junior year, living together again with three other girls. We actually just renewed our lease and will be living together during our last year of college. Round three here we come.
Living off campus is one of the closest real-world experiences you get during college. You are submerged into a community outside of the university, and are forced to adapt to fully taking care of yourself, which at first, can be difficult. While a few people choose to stay in the residence halls for another year, most people choose to live in a house or apartment close to campus instead. My advice is to take the plunge and branch away; don’t go too far away, but do go off campus. This is when I really began to see myself grow up in college.
If I told you I would never be considered America’s Top Chef, I wouldn’t be lying. I’ll admit it; when I first moved off campus I couldn’t cook, even if my life depended on it. Moving off campus made me realize that oatmeal and saltines with peanut butter on them, with the occasional Hot Cheetos binge, would no longer suffice as a decent way to live. So I learned how to cook. And thanks to my gourmet chefs of roommates, I can confidently say I can cook about three different meals now.
Apart from my drastic dietary changes, I learned something a little more impactful. I learned that I am surrounded by an amazing environment here at the UA. Us students live a life that some dream of, and Tucson plays a large part in that; and living off campus helps to better experience Tucson. The friends, the faculty, the opportunities, and the time we are able to spend in our tentative Tucson homes is very precious. It also encourages us to make the most out of our experience, because we are only here for so long, and trust me, our time here flies by.