The phone rings and all of my friends who were scattered around my room perk up from their homework because, finally, the pizza is here.
Any night is a good night to order pizza, but this was a Thursday night tradition with my friends. Gather to do homework and, at 11 p.m., order pizza from whoever had the best deal that week. These late-night homework parties were one of my favorite things from this past year.
I love the friends I’ve made from playing pool in the basement of Livedalen or from sitting in the hallway on a Saturday night. Actually, these impromptu gatherings are one of the coolest things about living on campus. The initial idea of living surrounded by about 20 other college students that I didn’t know was a tad daunting but, once I learned we all felt similar, the awkwardness of brushing our teeth next to each other went away. Those women I was apprehensive of at first quickly became people I got lunch with or watched "Pitch Perfect" with in the basement.
When we weren’t hosting a movie night for ourselves, the Campus Entertainment Commission (CEC) always had us covered. A favorite of ours was Disney Trivia in The Maize. We even practiced for it the night before by listening to Disney music and looking up obscure Disney trivia. Come to think of it, we listened (and sang along) to a lot of Disney music on my floor during my first year.
My first year living on campus was full of fun floor gatherings, campus events, and hall events. Every year Livedalen staff organizes the Livedalen Olympics, and my floor walked away with the Proud Soccer Mom award. One of the other fun events is #ravedalen, where we switch out the lights in the basement with black lights and dance to thumpin’ music.
Although there is always something to do while living on campus, there are plenty of quiet times too. Times where it’s just you, the show you’re currently binge-watching and microwave popcorn. Moments where you’re working on a paper and you look out the window and see the snow gently falling.
Yeah, living on campus can be pretty cool. Really, the coolest part is the community surrounding me every day.
Marah Moy '18 is a business major and communication studies minor at Concordia.