|Elaine is a freshman from Oakland, CA. She is currently exploring interesting classes before she declares a major. Elaine loves keeping on top of fashion and new music. She is really proud to be from the Bay Area.|
Q: What is it like to live at Unit 3?
A: Living in the residence halls is a great transition between living at home and living on one's own. Unit 3 reminds me of apartment complexes, except that residents create an inviting and open community by leaving their doors open so floormates can stop by and say hi.
Q: Do you hang out with your floormates? What do you guys like to do?
A: I often see my hallmates at our beautiful dining commons (which just opened for Spring 2007) or in the various common areas at Unit 3, including the lounges where we can play the piano or check out ping pong or pool gear. Otherwise, a lot of us attend the programs that our RAs put on. My favorite programs are the community service ones because you get to help people and have fun with your new friends at the same time. Some people find the academic programs to be very helpful, but they are my least favorite – I prefer the social ones instead. I'm really excited about Boat Dance because it's the biggest event and includes all of the residence halls.
Q: What about your friends in other residence halls?
A: I've made a lot of friends in other units, and it's relatively convenient to visit them, as everything is within walking distance, otherwise a lot of bus lines stop right outside of Unit 3. I usually take the buses to Oakland Technical High School, College Avenue, or Northside.
Q: What's your favorite thing about Unit 3?
A: Unit 3 is the closest residence hall to campus; it's right across the street from Lower Sproul. I love how Norton is a five minute walk to Yogurt Park and the shops in Sather Lane, Bear Basics, and Wet Seal. We're also super close to florists, tons of restaurants, and the shops underneath the Durant/Channing parking garage.