I remember my first time touring the campus as a prospective freshman, my eyes wide and startled by the fact that I would finally have to live by myself and away from my family for the first time in my life. It certainly was a scary thought to think about, but when I accepted it and took the challenge of finally becoming independent,the first thing that came to my mind was where exactly was I going to live–Middle Earth or Mesa Court?
Being the sports geek that I am, let me tell you the difference in terms of “sporty” facilities in each of the two housing options for prospective freshmen. Let me start first with Middle Earth housing, which honestly has everything a person like myself would want to have: a nice basketball court, a sand volleyball court, a game room for pool and badminton, and even a media room for video games! Not to mention they also have their very own mini workout gym called Helm’s Deep where students can come in anytime and run on a treadmill, use some weight machines to get buff, or run on a stationary bike. Middle Earth housing is also much closer to the ARC. In fact, it’s so close that residents can walk to and from the ARC using a bridge located on Middle Earth housing territory! Mesa Court housing, on the other hand, is rather far from the ARC, but does offer shuttles to the ARC at night for free! Mesa Court actually has many similar facilities Middle Earth offers which include 3 outdoor basketball courts (twice as many courts than Middle Earth) plus a sand volleyball court as well. Mesa Court also has a huge lawn in the middle of the housing complexes in which many residents play frisbee, football, baseball, you name it! A Recreational Center is also offered in which residents can rent movies, play some Wii, battle ping pong players, or simply just chill while playing some relaxing billiards.
I guess all I’m trying to say is that you can’t go wrong with either housing option! There are so many unique opportunities and facilities both of them provide to its residents!