Every freshman is required to live in a residence hall (dorm) at IU. You might wonder why this is a necessity but trust me when I say that you will enjoy your time and be thankful to have lived in a residence hall.
You are part of a community!
Every residence hall is different. Your experience will be different from someone else. However, every residence hall is its own community. Your floor is its own community. In IU residence halls your floor residents become your family. Most of the students on your floor are in the same boat as you. So no matter what you feel as a freshman at IU, it is almost certain that someone else is feeling the same way. You have people around you who are going through the same anxiety, fear, joy, etc. So don’t worry, you will never feel alone in this new journey.
Resident Assistants (RA) are here to save the day!
At IU, every floor has a resident assistant assigned to the floor. The very first person you will probably meet when you move into your room is your RA. Don’t get intimidated by their leadership position because guess what, resident assistants are students too. These are students who are carefully selected to help you make the transition to college. If you ever feel like college is a little overwhelming or if you just need someone to talk to, your RA is always there for you. They will help you adjust to the new environment and become a Hoosier! Remember your RAs are not your caretakers but are there to support you through your transition.
You might make friends who are not from your country!
IU Bloomington is considered to be a diverse school. We have students from all over the world and the chances that you might have at least 1 student on your floor that is not a US citizen are very high. Each floor has around 30-50 students. The very first friends you make in college are your floor mates. Given that everyone lives in the same place you are more likely to go to welcome events together because lets face it, no one likes to go alone anywhere anymore. These people who you hangout with during your welcome week eventually become your friends. So this is the chance for you to meet people who are not from your country. You are given this opportunity to talk to people who are different from you and to understand each other’s differences. So make use of it. And who knows, you might find your soul mate.
You won’t have to be an “Adult”!
If you move into an apartment after your first year, you will understand what I mean. Living in a residence hall, you don’t have to worry about paying your electricity bill or water bills or anything along those lines. By living in a residence hall you are given the opportunity to just be a ‘student’. You don’t even have to worry about making food. The dining halls around campus provide you various options to choose from – all you have to do is decide what you want and go to any of the dining options on campus. The worries that upperclassman have living in apartments is something you will not face in a residence hall.
So enjoy your first year in a residence hall, make new friends and then move out if you wish to but all I am asking for is to give residence hall life a chance. You might be surprised by what you experience!