Living in the dorms is truly an experience unique to college life and I loved every minute of it. My freshman year I lived in the southwest corner of campus in Parkside Arts & Humanities, the newest dorm on campus. Parkside is suite style, meaning that there are 8 people who share 4 rooms (two people in each room) and two bathrooms. Each suite is either all girls or all guys, but there are both girls’ and guys’ suites on each hall. That means that you have your privacy, but you also get to know a lot of different kinds of people. Parkside was typically a lot quieter than some of the other dorms on campus, meaning that I could study in my room and didn’t have to go to the library. Parkside was also really new and clean – when some of my friends came to visit they thought I lived in a hotel!
I really enjoyed all the fun things there are to do on campus. Freshman year I didn’t have a car, but it didn’t matter. There are always fun concerts, movie screenings, speakers, and other events on campus. Bonus: they often include free food!
If you’re deciding where to live, try to talk to some different people who lived in the various dorms you’re considering. I really liked living in Parkside, but I know I probably would have been happy anywhere. Living on campus is just a great experience that you should definitely take advantage of!