During the spring at UNH it is a common occurrence to see tours roaming the campus. These tours go from building to building talking about the school. While these tours are really useful for seeing the campus they do little to talk about what actually happens in a dorm room. I think the best way to really learn about dorm life is to have lived there. For me, dorm life has been the most positive experience at UNH. I have made a fantastic group of friends and we have had some great times. We’ve made fun ways to entertain ourselves – in fact, even as I write, two of my friends are playing knee basketball behind me. Dorm sports and “hall sports” is one way we have fun. While technically not allowed in all dorms we find ways around the rules. Besides basketball we also started a knee hockey league where we play one on one games (in my room) with knee sized hockey nets. After having a crazy regular season we entered playoffs where the games start to heat up. While playing inside the dorm is fun when the weather gets nice we found a new sport to play… Wiffleball. Outside our dorm we set up a make-shift baseball diamond where we play games of 4 on 4 or 5 on 5.
While sports is a great outlet for fun there are simpler things to do. On April Fools Day pranks became the center of attention ranging from toilet paper all over my room, to silly string and saran wrapped beds, to removed mattresses. April 1st became a lot more fun when all my dorm mates really got into the spirit of the day!
All in all everyday life in the dorm is a new experience and an exciting one. Throughout the day we hang out (primarily my room due to the couch and setup), listen to music and sing along to the songs, play video games, talk about sports, life, or anything really and just relax. The dorm has a sense of community – we eat together, work together, and all get along amazingly well.
As I said earlier, life in a dorm is a lot more than what you see during a tour. I have never been happier to live in the dorm and plan to live here again next year. Some of the best times have been in this room and they have made my freshman experience at UNH amazing. My door is always open and throughout the day everyone stops by at one time or another. My advice to incoming freshman: choose a dorm that may fit your personality. Each dorm has a different experience waiting but each is unique and all will be fun.