This next blog post will focus in on the days when I first joined the Huskie pack. When I first came to NIU, I lived in the University Honors Living Learning Community, which at that time was located in the lovely Douglas Hall. More specifically, I lived in C1, which was technically half underground and when it snowed, sometimes the drifts totally covered up the windows. I really enjoyed the Honors House because we had what were called Floor Wars, where competitions among all four floors were set up periodically throughout the semester. Some of those included wheelie chair races, Mr. C Wing competition, and various obstacle courses. I also loved the Honors trips that took place in the fall and spring semesters. These usually included a trip to Chicago where we would go see a musical or a comedy sketch.
Being in Douglas Hall really made me love Dog Pound Deli. For those of you unfamiliar, Dog Pound Deli is a “Subway” style eatery where you could create any sandwich imaginable with an unlimited amount of toppings. I frequently DPD about 3-4/week when I lived in Douglas and it was probably the main amenity that was highlighted in that residence hall. Along with DPD, I really enjoyed giving tours of Douglas Hall and later became the Open House Coordinator my sophomore year.
As a freshman, I was always looking for ways to get involved during my free time. I joined the Honors Student Association right from the start as well as becoming a tour guide, which I mentioned before. I also found employment at the Convocation Center as a Food and Beverage worker my freshman year. What was cool about that interview that it was a mass hiring process where you found out if you got the job on the spot. With that job, I would work concessions and cook food for athletic events, concerts, cheerleading competitions (the moms were the worst), and other events. The most memorable experience of that job was when there was a Drake concert going on and during setup, I walked right past him. Maybe it doesn’t seem that cool, but at that time it was a big deal.
I need to make it clear that it wasn’t always class, organizations, and work for me. I loved my free time, and spent it constantly doing any activity imaginable with my floormates. We spent countless days and nights playing football by the tennis courts, playing slow pitch softball in central park, having water balloon fights, and playing campus-wide games of fugitive. When weather wasn’t so friendly, we had sumo wrestling competitions with the couch cushions, video game nights, fort nights, and many late night orders of Topperstix.
The best advice I can give a new student about to enter a residence hall for the first time is to not lock yourself in your room the whole time you are on campus. Also, do not go home every single weekend. You WILL regret doing this later on in life when everyone else is reminiscing of the good old days and you have nothing to talk about. It may seem a little harsh, but it’s extremely sincere.
That’s all for this time, thanks for reading.