Disappointed that you weren’t lucky enough to snatch one of the coveted rooms in Vandy or 90 on the first day of freshman housing selection? DON’T BE. Living in Walsh has been one of the best parts of my sophomore year. Here’s why!
First of all, I don’t even have a common room. Some of you reading this might understand why my friends and I nearly cried over our lack of a pick time during day one of housing. No 8-man sophomore year? To us it sounded like the end of the world. But despite our over-dramatic freshmen concerns, we luckily snatched two blocked quads on the second day of housing and couldn’t be happier. This might be a good time to mention that if you got one of the quads in Walsh, don’t whine over the fact that you don't have a common room. Those friends of yours who ended up on CoRo won’t want to hear it. Instead, revel in the idea of making it to Lower Campus, despite the smaller sized suite.
But back to Walsh as a whole. I think most Walsh residents would agree on the following three things. One: yes, the security desk can be challenging at times (especially on game days when there are hordes of upset football fans trying to get back into the building after a disappointing loss). Two: the rooms aren’t quite as fresh and new looking as those in Vandy or 90. Three: WE DON’T CARE. Walsh is the place to be sophomore year, and we would never trade it for the lack of a security desk or some newer looking rooms.
Most of you have probably done your research (meaning you have asked your upperclassmen friends question after question), so you know that Walsh is a huge all sophomore dorm. But what you may not realize is that this is part of what makes it so great. No matter who you are, you will without a doubt have friends (those known or those you have yet to meet) scattered throughout the building in their respective quads and 8-mans. In other words on blizzard days like Blizzard Nemo there is no need to leave the building as there will be plenty of social gatherings to hit up. Even more so you don’t need a blizzard to have a great “Walsh night,” as my friends and I like to call it. There are many times where it can be a great time simply traveling throughout all 8 floors of Walsh to various friends’ rooms and staying warm (needless to say these have been much more common during the winter season when traveling off campus seems to be such a commitment). Obviously this comes with a bit of risk as too much noise after 12 can draw RA attention, but be smart about it and there will be little need to worry.
For those of you who end up here next year, be excited. Sophomore year won’t disappoint.