Before coming to NYU, I spent countless hours watching YouTube videos and reading forums about NYU residence halls before making the sacred choice. With unknown, random roommates in mind, I knew if at least I had the best dorm, which I perceived to be Lipton Residence Hall at the time, then I’d be set for my first year. When I got my assignment for Brittany Residence Hall, I thought I was doomed, but little did I know, my NYU experience would forever change.
After many painful hours of lugging my condensed belongings into my new room at Brittany, I ventured out to the streets with my new roommates for a hearty dinner from Lenwich — a painfully sad choice. On the walk home, the three of us found a deeply scratched, mahogany coffee table seemingly perfect for our triple. As we dragged our street-taken table through the doors of Brittany, my Residence Hall Assistant Director looked at me with disappointed eyes and directed me back to the streets with my possibly pest-infested table.
Later, my RHAD and I met again on the subway to the Presidential Welcome, and he told me I could redeem myself from my table snafu by joining Brittany’s hall council. After being elected to the executive board, I found myself surrounded by a community of people who cared about our residence hall and everyone living in it.
The 2018 Housing Guide is my own ‘thank you’ to all the people I’ve met through res life. All of these people have a special place in my heart. This year’s issue — not only covers the upperclassmen dorms for all you prospective dorm hunters — but also the students who help connect professional staff with the university as a whole. From their stories, I hope you find further proof that your residence hall can be more than just a place to rest your head at night.