I made most of my close friends through the Diversity Scholars program. We had a freshman/first-year seminar course that we all had to take for our scholarship program. During this course, we explored the different resources offered by the university, study skills, and socialized with the diversity scholars. I found this course beneficial as I made some of my closest friends in this course.
We also had a PACE Mentor program that essentially paired a first year students with an upperclassmen who would be a mentor for the entirety of the first year. Mentors and mentees were to meet at least once- two times per month, the meetings could consist of any activity that could build a bond between the two. Examples of meetings: play cards together, go to the gym, go to a school event, etc. My mentor and I had a nail polish social where we met up and painted our nails!
We had PACE socials as well, to name a few we had a chocolate tasting social, dodgeball social, movie night social, and a BBQ social. These socials gathered all mentors and mentees! My favorite was the chocolate tasting- of course- because I loved hearing the history of chocolate and tasting it afterwards.
After the chocolate tasting social, a group of us went back to the dorms and just had a night of happy conversation! This is a picture of how hyper we were after all the sugar we had!
It’s that time of the year again! The snow has fallen, winter coats and boots have been taken out of the back of the closet and we greet the winter with frosted noses and hot chocolate in mugs. With the holiday break only a couple weeks away, everyone is getting ready to take on finals and head home for the Holiday Break.
Walking around town during the nighttime, there is a certain energy in the air- a cheerful one! This is the time of the year where being thankful, giving, receiving and reflecting back on an incredible year are in the mix of snowflakes falling. Campus is adorned with festive lights and décor- the Commons looks like the scene from Harry Potter where the snow falls, but never quite makes it to the ground (nerd-alert!) and the Christmas tree has been put out to greet Santa Clause for holiday pictures. Last year my roommate and I decided to make it an annual thing to take picture with Santa- of course, it is themed! Last year was eskimo hats- I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year!
Living on campus is definitely one of my best experiences at the University of Idaho. I spent one year living in the Wallace Residence Center, and I got a chance to make a lot of different friends from different nationalities. The activities that we had in the residence hall are unforgettable memories in my college life. The ski trip we went as a group, the thanksgiving dinner that served by Bob’s and the Halloween party we had in the hall are all really memorable. I also created solid friendships with people in my hall, and I believe that is the most valuable thing that I got from my one year dorm life.
In my second year, I decided to rush for the fraternities on campus, and I believe that is the best decision I ever made. I became a member of Theta Chi fraternity and started the real “American college experience”. We do camp out pretty often, and also organize lots of different events and community services on campus. Surrounded by 46 brothers who have different goals but the same values. I feel that I’m so lucky to become a member of this big family. Fraternity life is the best, I call it the home on the other side of the earth.
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