The Sojourn Blog
Discussions on relationships, culture, and faith.
When I think back on my experience as a resident at UW’s McMahon Hall in 2015-2016, my memories are a mixed bag. I reminisce, “ahhh, the dorms.” The excitement of living on my own for the first time, late nights studying with friends, pancakes at floor events with strangers, playing Cards Against Humanity in the lounge. And then I also remember, “uhhg, the dorms.” Noisy neighbors, strange smells, and homesickness.
Having worked for Residential Life at UW as a Resident Adviser (RA) and Assistant Resident Director (ARD), I’ve had the chance to reflect on hundreds of conversations with students about their dorm experiences. Getting placed in your top choice building or having everything in common with your roommate doesn’t actually make as much of a difference as you might think. What matters most in having a positive dorm experience is your attitude and willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of dorm life:
Know your neighbors.