Residential Life at UVM
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Today I'm going to be talking about what it's like living on campus in a residential hall, kind of, you know, being in a dorm for the first time on my experience with eso. We have athletic campus, which is what I live on, Central Campus, Redstone and Trinity. So something that I think that's great that you bm has, is that you live in learning communities. For example, I live in the honors college, and so in my resident's hall, everyone else that lives here with me are are also in the honors college. There's a lot of options for you to explore and really see where you might wanna live with people who have similar interests. So these learning communities really give you the opportunity to do so. For example, if you're living in wellness, maybe a bunch of your friends that live on your hall with you all both for runs in the morning or to the gym together. So it's a really great way to foster community outside of just your major and living randomly amongst people. Your UVM does a really great job to foster your living experience, to have the most sense of community and common interest amongst your peers. So that's something that's really great that you bm has here. So with housing on campus, you're required to live on campus for two years, and then you can live off campus for your last two years. Although housing is guaranteed all for years and about 70% of juniors and seniors live off campus, and I think it's a really great natural step, kind of in your educational career and in your life in general toe have the option to be able to live off campus. For example, I just signed my lease for an apartment that I'm gonna be living in with some of my best friends. I am so excited toe actually live downtown in the Burlington area, a block away from you know, Main Street and really having that kind of quintessential young adult experience of living on my own in the house. While I'm here on campus for these first two years, I have absolutely loved living in the residential halls. I think UVM does a really great job, as I mentioned earlier of fostering community. All of my friend group from my first year came from my my room and then the people that live next to me. So that really shows how you know living in the residential halls can do so much for your social life and also for your academic life. I have met also some of my greatest study buddies while being here, living on campus will just go to a common room and really be able to study together. That's what's something that I was worried about was trying to find a balance between, you know, living in the place that you're going to school. If I want toe really hunker down and study and tell myself, Okay, you are going to do you know you're studying now instead of having social time. Something else that I was worried about coming onto campus on living in the residential halls is that I chose Thio, not choose a roommate coming into UPM, and instead have UVM pair meet with someone else. UVM has a really, really great system where we have a very comprehensive survey that we fill out and they pair you with people with similar like interests and living styles to you. So my first year I lived in a triple with two other girls and one of those girls has become my absolute best friend were living together next year. This year I was going to try to live in a triple with her and our other friend, but it didn't work out because of Kobe. That's not to say that you have to be best friends with your roommate and you have to live with them all four years and absolutely hit things off. I got really lucky with the fact that we matched really well, but it's still really great to have, you know, living with someone that your acquaintances with, and that you're really able to just feel comfortable sharing a space with. Obviously, we're now best friends and are going to live together for probably the rest of our college experience. I honestly if I had one piece of advice, unless you are very, very confident with the person that you are going into college rooming with that you've met either through social media or Facebook, I honestly would put the trust in the school at least with UVM, to really, um, pair you with someone that has the similar living onda like social interest to you because I thought that it went very well. Just because I think we all know people don't really present themselves on social media. Exactly how they are kind of in the real world and in a living situation. So I definitely think it can be intimidating Having never, you know, lived on your own, especially with a roommate that you don't know. They're also just great friends and great people to really hang out and get to know. They usually know the ropes of the university and could give you some really great advice. I would say My favorite part of living on campus, um honestly is like all of it. I have a lot of friends because I am from Vermont that chose to live at home, and I could just see how different our college experiences are from each other. Not to say that living at home isn't a great option. If you're on the fence or you're not really sure about how living on campus is going to be, I would say Absolutely, Go for it and, you know, give it your all. So as someone who was really worried about living on campus and seeing what it would be like to live in a residential hall for the first time ever, I have had such a great experience being able to live and learn amongst my peers and really, just immerse myself in the college experience. So I hope this video was helpful to just give you a little bit of information about what it's like living in a residential hall in what my experience has been like here at U B M..