Articles by Tyler Esselman

On Living on Campus

By Tyler Esselman / February 10, 2015 / / Twitter / Facebook /
When I was registering for housing the summer prior to moving to Chicago and starting my illustrious tenure here at DePaul, I had no idea what I was doing. I had done no research about any of the residence halls other than figuring out the cost of each and the general bathroom situation. With that minimal prep in mind, I slotted in University Hall as my first choice. It seemed centrally located and had suite-style rooms, so I went for it. I was lucky enough to be placed there and I’m very happy I was.

I cannot overstate how much I dug having to share my bathroom with only three other people. I’ve probably thought about this too much, but I think that you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat their bathroom. How much time they spend in their can be indicative of the quality of their personal hygiene, and how often they clean it can tell you if they’re a conscientious person or not. These are important things to know when you’re first moving in with someone you’ve never lived with before. My biggest piece of advice to all of you moving into residence halls anywhere, and this may seem like a no-brainer to many, is to figure out how clean you’re going to keep that room. It may seem awkward to try to have that conversation right off the bat but if you’re able to have that conversation about how often (and in what manner) you want to clean the room, it’ll save you the headache of getting into an argument about it later on.

The other thing to remember is that you don’t necessarily need to be best friends with your roommate. In some cases, it’s even better if you’re not. It’s more about your living styles being compatible. Over the past several years of living in the residence halls and in various apartments, I’ve discovered that some of my best friends work well with me as a roommate and others don’t. Doesn’t mean you can’t be friends; you just know you have different ideas about what a clean saucepan is. You’ll figure out what your ideal roommate is. It’s all about trial and error.

I have very fond memories of living in University Hall. Looking back now, I encourage you to enjoy the convenience of having all of your friends right at your fingertips. Hanging out with people gets a little more difficult once you all live several stops away from each other on the CTA so take advantage of being able to crash in each others’ rooms at all hours. It’s the best. UHall for life!

Tyler’s Hot Track of the Week:
This week’s hot track comes from Eels. His album Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire is rad to say the least. Give it a good, hard listen. Enclosed is one of my preferred tracks from that joint.