I’ve already blogged a bit about my freshman housing experience (which you can read about here), but there is always more to add on the topic. Freshman year, my main goal was to meet a lot of people, and my dorm definitely contributed to that. I loved that everyone in my hall was very social and willing to meet each other, and also had a variety of backgrounds and majors. I made friends who were also engineers, business majors, premed students, comm students, and many more. Having a mixed group in our hall allowed me to see a lot more of what the university offers to everyone else, and also meet a lot of other people through them.
I definitely got really close to a lot of the girls who lived near me, and we still hang all the time. It’s really different not living next door to all my best friends as we all moved to different types of upperclassmen housing, but we all make time for each other and stay connected. That’s one of the coolest things about living in the dorm: the friends that stay with you beyond just that year, and how people you might have never thought you would get along with become really important to you.
The RA’s also offer many activities throughout the year to get people involved and out to see the city or just hang out with some snacks. My RA Sarah was really nice, and I love seeing her and being able to catch up about how life is going.
I don’t think this is a specific experience to just the dorm I lived in, although the setup is certainly quite conducive to meeting people. No matter where you live, you’re going to find people you connect with and are excited to share the rest of your undergraduate experience with!