HRE Living Room

HRE Living Room


Welcome to the Living Room! You’re welcome to any coffee or tea that you’d like. This blog is run by students, for students, and our goal is to provide you with the information we wish we’d had at the beginning of our college experience. We get to choose our topics and our content — so it’s as authentic as you can get! Feel free to browse, skim, and check out our posts for helpful tips and tricks.

This is Hard…

Is anyone else somewhere between really confused and mildly scared for their GPA? As I forever aspire to write blogs like a hilarious BuzzFeed article, I wanted to take some time to share some of my own humanity, which I think is so valuable when the only contact we have is when we suddenly lock […]

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Cooking gluten free

A good number of people I know on campus have to eat gluten free. Whether that’s because they have celiac disease (an allergy to gluten) or if they just prefer to go without it, it’s always a good idea to know how to cook for friends who have that dietary restriction – and this is […]

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Become an Active Bystander

I’m sure most people have heard this phrase from time to time. Some of you might have even attended training at work or school about bystander intervention or some other sort of active bystander training. So, why do we keep reminding you? What about it is so crucial? And why ought you care about it? […]

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Your Wellbeing Following Election Day

Mental health resources following election day

This post will be a bit different from usual. We want to connect you to any resources you may need or want to take advantage of following Election Day. I know that this election has a big impact on my life, and it certainly does for the rest of the students at the U. Regardless […]

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Why should I get a flu shot?

We have all heard it before, “get your flu shot!” But why is it important? There are tons of reasons actually! Here are a few of the best. It Protects You  Getting a flu shot every year helps you build a lifelong immunity to all sorts of flu viruses, and it allows you to be […]

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Pesto Hash

Pesto hash

I hate to write another food blog post but you’ve gotta check this out. I got this breakfast at a restaurant in San Diego last fall break and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. It’s like this restaurant took a bunch of leftovers from the night before (meat loaf, potatoes, spinach, pesto) and mashed […]

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Where did art go & where can I find it?

If you are like me, you need art in your life. Art is what gives you understanding and excitement about the world; it makes you think, wonder and feel in ways other things simply can’t. If you’re like me, then these last six months have been a challenge as we lost the ability to experience […]

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Classic Stuffing

Cheap tasty stuffing

Do you want to blow your grandma’s mind this Thanksgiving? Or are you just a fiend for stuffing but you know the boxed stuff is bad for you? Either way, here’s a recipe for delicious homemade stuffing.    Supplies Baking sheet Small bowl Frying pan Knife Cutting board   Ingredients Salt Pepper Olive Oil Butter […]

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Get Involved with RHA

Join an RHA board

As an on-campus resident, you are automatically a member of the U.’s Residence Hall Association (RHA), which gives you access to resources, programming and lots of involvement opportunities! This year, involvement is even more vital as we navigate what it looks like to participate in your community while also being safe. RHA creates opportunities for […]

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Vote

The election

Only about 18% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 vote. I think that college students struggle with voting because they don’t know the steps, it seems difficult, and they don’t even know why they should vote or who they should vote for. I’m going to do my best to walk you through […]

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New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome (in case you missed it)

I watched the New Student Welcome in case you didn’t. Every year, bright and early the Sunday after move-in, one of the most energizing events happens: New Student Welcome with President Ruth Watkins. It’s a day where thousands of new students flock to Kingsbury Hall, listen, and learn from faculty and students and the president […]

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Leadership that Pays

Leadership that pays

Utah is one of the states that puts the most funding towards its public universities to help keep higher education affordable, but college can still be expensive. The best way to fund your education that I’ve found is to take part in on-campus organizations that pay you for part-time work. Here are some resources I’ve […]

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Anybody wanna... cook?

Anybody wanna… cook?

Since I was stuck at home for the summer, I realized that my focus on college stopped me from getting bored, so I haven’t really developed any hobbies. I feel like we see that happen in movies and TV shows where the middle-aged dad retires from work and has to find his hobby, but it’s […]

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Accessibility

What is accessibility and why does it matter?

Did you know that the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by the 101st United States Congress and went into effect July 26, 1990? It has now been 30 years since that happened and accessibility is still a pervasive issue. In its purest form, accessibility is a system in place that provides an equitable experience […]

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Campus changes

So, you’ve lived on campus before and aren’t sure what it will be like when you return. That sense of unknown is very valid so let’s walk through a few things that are changing, and a few things staying the same. So what’s new? Face coverings – You’ll have to wear a mask anywhere that isn’t […]

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Recognizing and Avoiding Microaggressions

Recognizing and avoiding microaggressions

We’ve seen posters around campus with mentions of microaggressions, but what are they actually? What harm do they cause? How do we make sure we avoid them? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines microaggressions as, “a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such […]

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How to be an ally

“Ally” is a word you hear a lot lately, and being an ally is something all of us can do. But, before you can know how to be an ally, you have to know what an ally is. According to Merriam Webster, an ally is “a person or group that provides assistance and support in […]

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What is Juneteenth?

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” Those are […]

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Whats your favorite dining spot?

On-campus dining has been modified to better promote social distancing and to promote the health and wellbeing of community members. This means dining options on campus may be limited to carry-out service only, reduction in seating to help provide distance between seats, and the development of a meal pick-up scheduling mobile app to allow residents […]

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New to Utah? Here's a guide.

New to Utah? Here’s a guide.

Utah is a pretty cool state. I’ve lived here my whole life, so I can’t totally relate to out-of-state students, but I’m not from anywhere near Salt Lake City. People from the valley often ask, “but aren’t you from Utah?” when I say I’m going to visit my parents for the weekend as if it’s […]

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Why don’t we use the drum and feather?

One thing you might notice about housing at the U is the distinct lack of a drum and feather logo anywhere in our buildings. A lot of people see the drum and feather as a cornerstone or university culture but don’t always realize that this logo is only intended for athletics, and specifically the Utah […]

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How To: Getting Involved on Campus

How to: Getting involved on campus

I think that getting involved on campus is the most important part of your college journey. It’s so important to find a community that you belong to, to find friends you’ll stick with for the four years of college (or more), and to feel that you’re an important part of the University of Utah. Students […]

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A resident’s take on the packing list

We all know that when you are preparing to move off to college, you need to plan it out and ensure you have everything you might need. After all, you won’t be at home anymore, so every little convenient thing a household might have will no longer be as readily available as it once was. […]

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The best guac ever

I got this recipe when I visited Cancun over the summer, and it is BY FAR the best guacamole I’ve ever had in my life. I promise this won’t turn into a recipes blog, but it is nice to have a place to find easy, healthy party snacks… right? Ingredients: Two avocados (fre sh avaca […]

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3D Map of Heritage Commons

A literary guide to Heritage Commons

When you’re trying to learn what all the different terms we use are before you move on campus, it’s easy to be confused. I want to help clear that up for you.  Heritage Commons For starters, Heritage Commons is the part of campus where most of our on-campus housing is located. If you go on […]

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A letter to a future resident

During my time on campus, I have lived in both Heritage Commons and on lower campus with both first-year and upper-division students. With nearly two years under my belt, here is my best advice for future residents as they prepare to start their college journey.    Dear Future Resident, Living on campus has made my […]

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The hidden gems on campus

On a campus as large as the University of Utah, there is so much to discover. Here are just a few of the amazing resources we have on campus a the U that can help you as you work through your Utah career.   University Writing Center The writing center is here to help students […]

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Budgeting as a College Student

Budgeting for college students

Regardless of whether your college experience is being paid for by parents, student loans, or your own savings and income (or a mixture of those), we all need to create some type of budget. This can be hard because many students don’t have a job outside of coursework, and it seems weird to budget your […]

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10 Tips for Packing

10 tips for packing and moving

As students are moving home in response to COVID-19, we thought it might be a good idea to share some packing tips with you. I am a notoriously good packer, so I’ll share some personal tips as well as some from online resources. Organizing helps me feel like I have some control over my life […]

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On-campus living—all about community

“Oh no!” was Maria’s reaction when asked about her first day on campus. “I moved in early for Swoop Camp, and move-in day was on my birthday… so here I was, with this birthday cake my parents bought for me to share, and nobody to share my cake with!” Maria is a senior who has […]

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8 Best Home Study Tips

Eight home study tips

It can be difficult to study at home, especially with all of the distractions that may arise. These are eight of the best tips to help you effectively study at home! 1. Don’t study where your sleep! Your body recognizes where you are supposed to sleep and that means you get more sleepy when you […]

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Five self-care tips

We are going through a super stressful time right now, and many of us may feel like our lives are chaos. Between online classes, moving home and losing work, we all need some sense of structure in our lives.  Here are five isolation self-care tips Make a regular sleep schedule.  College students need between six […]

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10 Tips: Roommate Conflict Resolution

10 roommate conflict tips

Living with roommates is tough. Everybody is raised differently and personalities can often rub up against one another. Your roommate might not be your best friend, and that’s okay! The important thing is to make sure you can respect one another and live together peacefully. We’ve compiled some tips for roommates who need to resolve […]

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Live on campus in 2020! Here’s why

“I drove in a very packed car with my parents to my residence hall and hauled all of my things in red carts in the elevator. I walked in and was immediately greeted with friendly faces. We all helped each other with moving stuff in and getting settled.” Julianne is a second-year nursing student originally […]

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