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Life in University Hall (UHall)

Freshman year I had the fortune of living in University Hall.  To this day, I’ll stay loyal to UHall. The memories I made as a result of living in the building will last a while. My freshman housing experience was the foundation of the next three fantastic years at DePaul.

Life in UHall​ was pretty active.  Being surrounded by tons of other college students meant there was always something going on at home, always someone to talk to, always someone who wanted to do something with you, and yet there was always space to get away from the (good) commotion.

Life in UHall (for me) was all about building relationships.  Looking back on freshman year, my main accomplishment was meeting the people that I today call my best friends.  Life in UHall was about getting to know the people living around me.
Hanging out at the Sears (Willis) Tower with people from the 3rd floor.

Life in UHall was different than other residence halls.  Sure, the culture of reach residence hall at DePaul is established by the very people that live in that hall.  But, the floor plan of the hall has a lot to do with establishing that culture.  The culture that I felt my freshman year was one of students who wanted to get involved and be active members of the DePaul community.  Gradually through freshman year, peopling living on my floor and in the hall were getting neat opportunities that better connected them to DePaul.  They were getting on campus jobs, positions in organizations, and were looking for more ways to enrich their college experience.  That culture lead to today where I see the people I lived with freshman year and realize the amazing things they have done as a result of getting involved.  
View of UHall from the quad.

Life in UHall was something that I’ll never forget.  I couldn’t be happier with my living experience, and I think a lot of it had to do simply with the attitude I went in with.  One way to make the most of living in the halls as a freshman is about going out and meeting the people on your floor.  It’s about sacrificing some privacy for that connection with other people.  

I teared up a bit going through pictures for this post.