Hey everyone! I cannot believe it is March already and almost spring break. This semester has been flying by! It feels like it wasn’t too long ago that I was living in the dorms on campus. My freshman year I lived in Trojan Hall, located by Exposition and Figueroa. I had a great experience living here and thought I would share a more about it with you.
When I first decided to attend USC, I was very nervous about the random roommate selection process. I went online and filled out a survey about my preferences including music, sharing belongings, personality type, and so on. Once I received my living assignment, I was paired up with Taylor, a girl from Newport Beach studying Political Science. Our room was 296 Trojan Hall. As I looked up more information about Trojan Hall, I came across some stereotypes about what the personality of the dorm had been in the past. This made me even more nervous for the coming school year. However, to my surprise, I came to love living in Trojan Hall and even miss it this year!
One of the main reasons I appreciated living in Trojan Hall was its close proximity to so many buildings on campus. It was a short bike ride from all of my classes, EVK (the cafeteria), and Lyon’s Center (the gym). I could wake up 20 minutes before my classes started and make it on time. As a college student, I love getting as much sleep as I possibly can! Not only was its location awesome, but I made some of my best friends living there. The dorm was designed so that the first and third floors were boys and the second floor was girls. It was nice having privacy to walk to the communal bathrooms in my towel, not having to worry about a boy roaming the hallways at the same time. I also met some amazing girls from different areas of study, including biology and public policy! Not only was it great to learn more about their fields, but it made for a very diverse community.
I also met my best friend from living in Trojan Hall. Taylor, my roommate, is one of my closest friends at USC to this day. Even though we are very different in terms of our academic interests and extracurricular activities, we bonded over our love for Beyonce and milkshakes. We would take late night trips to Trojan Grounds, which was located right next to our building, and jam out to Beyonce every morning getting ready for class. She was a great partner in crime to take on my first year at USC, whether it be studying together or venturing to the surrounding areas of LA. I cannot wait to live with her again our senior year!
Taylor and I also made it a goal to meet as many people in our dorm as possible. We always kept our door propped open when we were in the room and loved when people would pop their heads in. We would do the same on the first floor, where we met three of our best friends, Ryan, Brendon, and Eamon. The five of us attended many of the welcome week events together and had so much fun. As I am sure you can tell by now, Trojan Hall was a great way for me to meet new people. It can be intimidating coming into freshman year not knowing many people, but Trojan Hall helped me make friends I know I will have for a lifetime!
I hope you have enjoyed learning more about my dorm experience freshman year. It really is a great place to meet new people in college. I loved living in Trojan Hall and hope when you get to college that you have a great living experience as well! Fight on!