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Answers with Ankita: Tips and Tales from Ohio University Residence Halls

Welcome to Ohio University, where the residence halls brim with energy, friendship and unforgettable moments. As you prepare to embark on your journey in your new home-away-from-home, we want to equip you with some valuable insights to make the most of your residence hall experience. From late-night escapades to impromptu karaoke sessions, let's dive into the informative and entertaining world of residence hall living at OU.

Roommate Roulette:

Before you arrive, take a moment to connect with your future roommates. Exchange messages, share interests and discuss room essentials. It's like a mini blind date but with bunk beds. Remember, living in close quarters requires open communication, compromise and the occasional negotiation. Keep in mind that things may not go as planned and you will encounter people with different perspectives.

Move-in day is a great opportunity to connect. As you unpack your belongings, bond with your roommates by turning the mundane task into a fun sleepover. Share embarrassing stories, order pizza and get to know each other beyond the surface level. These shared memories will become the foundation of your residence hall friendships.

Hallway Hijinks:

OU residence halls are notorious for their vibrant hallway culture. From spontaneous Nerf gun battles to impromptu Wii tournaments, expect the unexpected. Embrace the spirit of the hallway and join in the fun without being disruptive. Just be sure to respect quiet hours when your neighbors need some R&R. 

The Quest for the Perfect Shower Schedule:

Navigating shared bathrooms can be an adventure in itself, especially in traditional dorms that have communal structures. Prepare for the "shower schedule shuffle" as everyone tries to find the optimal time for their daily rituals. Pro tip: early birds and night owls often have the bathroom all to themselves, offering a serene moment to belt out your favorite shower ballads. 

RAs and Hall Staff:

Resident advisers, or RAs, and hall staff are the unsung heroes of the residence halls. They organize events, offer support and ensure a safe living environment. Attend their programs, seek their advice and appreciate their dedication. They're there to help you navigate the highs and lows of college life. 

Hall Traditions and Secrets:

Ohio University's residence halls are rich with traditions and hidden gems. From secret spots for late-night insomniacs to quirky hall-specific rituals, these traditions create a sense of community and foster a shared connection among residents. Be on the lookout for these hidden treasures and embrace the hall spirit (and maybe some of the actual infamous spirits as well).

Ankita Bansode is a junior studying economics and mathematical statistics at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Tell Ankita by emailing her at

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