Being a freshman at UNH, I really enjoy dorm life so far. Some aspects of dorm life are the highlights of my college experience already while other components, although deemed negative by some, add a little comic relief to my life. These occurrences are generally what spruce up my day among the long days of classes and studying.
Although sometimes pricy and frustrating, my mom and I managed to turn dorm shopping into its own sport—finding items in just the right colors and for a good price. Needless to say, we nailed it and I love the way my side of the room came out. The girls on my floor are really nice and my RA is like a big sister to us. There are dorm socials occurring every weekend (often involving free food) and floor socials typically a few times a month. Making friends in the residence halls is an added bonus especially in a New England school, simply because I don’t have to walk in the cold or rainy weather to visit them!
The “downfalls” of dorm life aren’t terrible in my opinion, but rather funny at times and must be thought of in a sarcastic manner. I love summer and I can be quite the beach bum, so nothing makes me happier than knowing I’ll be able to wear my flip-flops year round—in the shower that is! As for the horrifying thought of the “freshman fifteen”, nothing compares to the eating habits of some of the washers and dryers—just ask my missing socks and the holes in some of my clothes. Additionally, no freshman fifteen will be gained for anyone on campus who does not have easy access to an elevator from their room or has to constantly run to evacuate the building whenever the fire alarm is pulled, regardless of the reason.
Written by Rachel Afrow, UNH Class of 2016