Meet Yaz Bhote, former Richards resident

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Meet Yazata Bhote, a former resident of Richards House who will be a Gryphon in Upper Centennials this year!

Hi Class of 2018! I’m here to help you prepare for what will be one of the most fun experiences of your life – freshman year of college! If you have any worries about the transition to college, just know that in my experience, everyone finds their niche in the Lehigh community by the end of freshman year. Your gryphon (or RA) will be very helpful in this transition. My gryphon, Lacey, became one of my friends and someone I could go to for just about anything!

So first of all, you’re living in Richards – Congrats!!! Richards is a beautiful dorm on the outside (just Google image search “Richards House Lehigh” and you’ll see what I’m talking about) and it has, by college standards, HUGE rooms. Each room is very spacious, and there is a good mix of doubles and singles in the building. Richards is a co-ed building with 4 floors. When I lived there, there was 1 floor of girls and 3 floors of boys. Each hall is divided into an A and B side and each side of the hall becomes very close.

In terms of location, Richards is close to pretty much everything. It is very close to the library and about equidistant from both dining halls. An added perk of Richards is that it is right across from Hawk’s Nest, a delicious late night fast food joint that serves food until 2 a.m. or 4 a.m., depending on the day. The only downside to Richards’ location is that it is situated very high on the Lehigh hill (higher than almost all classes, both dining halls, and the libraries), so be prepared to tone your leg muscles climbing the “death stairs” everyday.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy yourself in Richards, whether it’s playing basketball right outside Richards or playing pool in the game room. Richards has two lounges, a TV lounge  and a study lounge. Both are air conditioned which is a life saver in the August heat of orientation week. Richards is also equipped with a full kitchen, so you can cook and bake to your heart’s content!

There are some cons of living in Richards…besides having to take the death stairs every day. The showers in the bathrooms have curtains instead of doors, which can make you feel very unprotected at first, but you get used to it. The laundry room is located in the basement, which can be inconvenient if you have to lug clothes up and down from one of the higher floors in Richards. It can also be very loud inside and outside of Richards due to the sheer amount of people living in the dorm, so I would recommend packing earplugs.

Here a few tips to keep in mind before you start your freshman dorm experience. If you can, snag a bathroom cubby close to the sink when you move in. It makes it so much easier to have your toiletries at arm’s reach. Brighten up your room with Christmas lights and posters – you would be surprised how they can transform a room! Pack comfortable shoes because you will be making the daily trek up to Richards. Lastly, pack light. I know how hard this can be, but trust me; it will make your life much easier at the end of the school year.

Welcome class of 2018!

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