A Tribe Called Pauley
Weird title for my first post, eh? A Tribe Called Pauley happens to be the theme of the hall I am living in this year. I live in Pauley, the multicultural themed residence hall on campus. What's unique about living in Pauley as a first year is that there are not only freshman living in your hall as with the other first-year halls, but there are upperclassmen too. Don't feel intimidated to consider Pauley because there are people older than you. It really actually makes things a lot easier. It is really nice that you can go to them when you need help or advice. Pauley is great because I feel like there is such a strong sense of community here, hence the theme of our hall (although it is also a reference to the hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest).
The MLK lounge, the main study space for Pauley residents, was just recently completed. I wasn't here last year so I can't comment on what it looked like before, but let me just say that it looks great. There is all new furniture, a computer room, and a private study lab. In addition to the lounge itself, the patio just off the room now has a few couches and chairs as well. Its definitely my favorite spot on campus.
As a first-year, you can live in Braun, Chilcott, Newcomb, Pauley, or Stewie. Dorm placements are based upon your CSP choice. Unless you choose to apply for the Multicultural themed housing like I did, the class you pick will determine where you are placed in housing. All the halls have characteristics and features that make them unique. So even if you don't choose to live in Pauley and are placed into one of the other halls, I'm sure that you will have a great experience nonetheless. Pauley is the best dorm on campus, though. But that's just my opinion. That's all for now.