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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.

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Show U How To: Meal Plans

Sam Dalton Outreach Housing Ambassador

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Top Five Things to Do in Utah This Fall

1. Hike in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon.   Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon are by far some of my favorite canyons in Utah; they’re so beautiful! I may be biased, but I’m fully convinced Utah has the best fall colors. Go check out the colors for yourself and see the stunning mix of […]

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Best Questions to ask a stranger

Congratulations on making it through your first two weeks of school! Being surrounded by new people you have never seen before, I’m sure you have met your life-long college friend by now, right? More likely than not, it isn’t obvious quite yet. Meeting new people is both exciting and nerve-racking. In order to meet new […]

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Let’s Learn About Resources

As our largest class of residents settle into campus, we want to empower you all to explore and learn about the resources at your disposal. Afterwards, explore campus for yourself, take selfies at the resources, and submit them to our #UAreHome2021 contest. Submissions must tag @uofuhousing and use the hashtag #UAreHome2021 to enter; all submissions […]

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My First Week Living on Campus as a First-year

I was positively terrified yet excited in the days leading up to my first-year move-in day. I considered calling in sick for college and joining the circus. To me, college just seemed like a big pile of unknowns. I often wondered things like “How am I going to make friends?” and “Am I going to […]

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A Letter to a Future Resident: Revisited

Dear Future Resident, More than a year ago, I sat down and wrote the first letter to a future resident. I wrote that letter with hope and excitement for a year that never came. I wrote that for an experience those residents didn’t get; as we eagerly await those experiences to come again, I thought […]

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Show U How To: Public Transportation

Show U How To: Public Transportation

Sydney Myers Outreach Housing Ambassador

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20 Fun Facts About the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

As the Olympic Games end their first full week of competition we thought it might be fun to look back at 20 fun facts to celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The first Olympic Games took place in the eighth-century b.c.e. In Olympia Greece. They were held every four years for the next twelve centuries […]

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Who are the Social Justice Advocates?

Housing & Residential Education has more than 100 student leaders. These include resident advisors (RAs), residence hall association (RHA) directors, housing ambassadors, and a few social justice advocates (SJAs). While many people are familiar with their RAs and have attended an RHA event, the question often arises, “Who are the social justice advocates?”  In this […]

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Hangout Spots on Campus

Best Hangout Spots on Campus

Living on campus has some of the best benefits to students. Some of these are close proximity to classes, finding your own community, and much more. One of my favorite things about living on campus is the many places to hangout outside of your room. As a student, I’ve noticed that I don’t want to […]

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What is Residential Education?

Have you ever wondered what Housing & “Residential Education” means? When living on campus, you encounter the term everywhere. You can see the name on buildings, in videos and even on social media. Maybe you have spent most of your college career completely ignoring the HRE office altogether and simply call it “Housing” when you […]

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Expectation v. Reality: Living on Campus

Whether you are an incoming first-year student, a transfer student or a current student, living on campus is a great option for housing while taking classes at the U. Living on campus is typical for first-year students and can be the source of your lifelong memories. There are many benefits of staying on campus while […]

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How to Accept Feedback Like an Artist

You may call it feedback, a critique, or criticism, which is having someone assess you on something you have done. Taking this feedback can be extremely challenging. Often, we take it as a comment on ourselves as people instead of our work and get disheartened. Sometimes, we become so nervous about not succeeding that we […]

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Being Involved On Campus

So you’ve chosen to attend the University of Utah and live on campus. Now what? As a fellow student, I know that it can be hard to move to a new place without knowing anybody or being involved with the community. That’s why I keep myself involved in activities on campus! After moving to our […]

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Pardon Our Dust: Acknowledging You’re a Work in Progress

“Pardon our dust”, sort of a silly phrase, isn’t it? Often, you will see this phrase splayed across construction sites, the internet and just about everywhere anytime something new or different is coming. It is meant to be a light-hearted signifier that even though there is a lot of chaos, noise and dirt everywhere, something […]

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Being a Good Neighbor

When you live on campus at the University of Utah, you’re surrounded by friends and colleagues. Since many students choose to live on campus for part of their academic path, HRE provides many residential options. With this, students are bound to have neighbors and friends who live close to them. Neighbors can provide an amazing […]

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What’s the Deal With Meal Plans?

Living on campus at the University of Utah provides many benefits like the sense of community, close proximity to campus resources and convenience. As a campus resident, you have access to many more benefits including meal plans. Many students purchase a meal plan if they have a busy schedule, prefer to have somebody else cook […]

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Show “U” How To: Parcel Lockers

Sam Dalton Outreach Housing Ambassador

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Need Support?

When I moved to campus last fall, I braced myself for change. Regardless of the 30-minute drive to go back home, I faced challenges from being in a new place and not knowing people that I could go to for help. As I began to meet colleagues in my community on campus, I felt more […]

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My Vaccine Experience

  As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available to Utahns, I was fortunate to get my first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and wanted to tell you all about it in this blog. Where did I go? My roommate and I decided to go to the Dee Events Center in Ogden, which is about a […]

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Living on Campus as an Out of State Student

Living on Campus as an Out-of-State Student

Did you know, 22% of the student body at the University of Utah come from out of state? This is a large percentage when compared to similar institutions, and for good reason! The U. offers many things that entice students from all across the world to attend school here including the mountains, advanced programs, snow […]

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Homemade Garlic Knots

Sometimes when you are scrolling through TikTok at 1 in the morning, you see something absolutely delicious and tell yourself, “I could totally make that!” Well, I finally decided to actually make one of the infamous TikTok recipes. I used a quick and easy recipe from the TikTok user @belspies to make homemade garlic knots […]

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Living and Learning with a Campus Community

Students, there are so many reasons why you should live on campus. Not only does it put you closer to your classes and activities, but you have a community waiting just past your door. Good news! The 2021 summer and 2021-22 housing applications are now open. So, join a community that will support your transformation […]

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Spring into a Healthy Lifestyle – Meals, Exercise & the Outdoors

As the weather gets warmer (hopefully soon), everyone is beginning to spend more time outside and start spring cleaning. One of the best feelings is getting rid of household items you don’t need and feeling a fresh breeze. You can also get rid of bad habits that may have brought you down during the winter […]

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Perseverance, Welcome to Mars

Yesterday, around 2 p.m. MST, NASA’s Perseverance became the seventh rover from Earth and fifth from NASA to land on Mars. NASA has previously sent the rovers Sojourner (1997), Spirit (2004), Opportunity (2004) and Curiosity (2012). There have also been two Russian rovers, Mars 2 and Mars 3, both of which failed upon arrival. Just […]

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gift: A Healthy Relationship

Love is a funny thing. It can make us happy, sad, excited, and emotional in general. There are many kinds of relationships in our lives: some romantic, some that are strictly friendships (also known as the friend-zone), family relationships, and more. Each year, many people celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging candy, flowers, and loving gestures. […]

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Upcoming Building Projects at the University of Utah

Upcoming Building Projects @ the U

I have always had a great interest in architecture and construction. Living in housing only excited that more with the construction of Kahlert Village (KV), but all great things unfortunately must come to an end. KV’s construction was completed, so now it’s time to look at some of the new upcoming university construction projects that […]

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Tips For Success - Zoom Edition

Tips For Success – Zoom Edition

If somebody would have told me that my first year of college would be almost fully online, I would have laughed. As a student who learns best in person, having classes on Zoom was difficult to adapt to. While this can be seen as a negative this year, there are many ways that online classes […]

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Biden’s Cabinet: A Look at Some of the President’s Most Prominent Picks

As Joe Biden assumes the presidency, we will start hearing news about the confirmation hearings for his Cabinet. The President’s Cabinet is made up of secretaries, advisors and experts that he deems fit to help advise and guide him in making decisions for our nation. Biden ran on a platform of expanded inclusion and equity […]

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Tips For Moving In: Spring Semester

It’s finally spring semester. We have overcome what may have been the most difficult year of our lives. With the new year comes new resolutions, and maybe even a new room? In the following, we will discuss tips and tricks for moving into your residential space on campus this spring semester! Preparing to move There […]

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Making the best of public transportation

“I didn’t bring a car to college. How can I get around?!” Many students don’t bring a car when moving to college. It’s expensive, time consuming, and simply not necessary when living on campus. Besides, most of the places we need to go are just a 10-15-minute walk away. But what about the times you […]

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Cooking Meat Free

Cooking Meat Free

Meat is expensive and veggies are cheaper. I’m going to share some tips on how to cook without meat in ways that will still fill you up.  A MEDITERRANEAN Dish First, if you’re looking to cook something light and fresh that’s a little Mediterranean, I would try cooking with chickpeas and Israeli couscous. If you’re […]

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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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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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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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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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