Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is the difference between Heritage Hall's and Helaman Hall's social life? And what is the difference between David John Hall and all the rest of Helaman Hall's social life?
-In David John in Fall 2017
I only ever lived in Helaman Halls (Merrill Hall), but by talking to other people I've been able to surmise some differences in how the social scenes work. In Helaman, guys and girls can only hang out in each others' rooms during visiting hours, which are twice a week and only last for a couple of hours. You can always visit each others' lobbies, but there are too many students there for everyone to do that. So, you end up meeting up with people and then heading somewhere else to do your hanging out. When I was a freshman, my friends and I would walk up to campus fairly often to watch movies or play games or attend BYU events. We would also plan to meet up for dinner a lot, since everybody tended to eat most of their meals in the Cannon Center. Also, it seemed pretty easy to get to know the people in my hall, since we would all keep our doors open and stop by each other's rooms a lot. There's a strong sense of community that comes from living together with a lot of people in a comparatively small space.
On the other hand, Heritage Halls is designed more like a regular apartment building, and members of the opposite sex are allowed to visit each other's living spaces from 9 AM - Midnight every day (and 9 AM - 1:30 AM on Fridays). There are some common spaces in Heritage, too, but why chill in the lobby when you could watch a movie in someone's apartment? From what I gather, people who live in Heritage do a lot more of approaching other people and inviting them over to play games/watch movies/do whatever, so the groups are a little bit smaller. There also seems to be less incentive to get to know other people on your floor since each apartment is more self-contained. (But, again, these statements are just based on what I've heard other people say about Heritage Halls. It might be a lot different than what I'm saying here.)
As far as differences between the various halls in Helaman, there will be differences, but that has less to do with the actual building you live in and more to do with the people that you live with, so it's impossible to tell how that will shake out until you actually move in.
Be excited! Freshman year was a very fun year for me.
Dear John Jacob Jinglehiemer Schmidt,
I never lived in Helaman, but I did live in Heritage my freshman year, so I can validate what Frère said concerning it. As a general rule, if people wanted to hang out, they'd just do it in each other's apartments. There was a fair amount of inviting people over for game nights and such, but I didn't participate so much in those kinds of things because I had my worst ever bout of depression for half of my freshman year (feeling like a shattered glass plate who just wants to hide from all human interaction tends to put a damper on your social life. For some reason). If you so desire, it's pretty easy to be self-contained whilst living in Heritage, though it's also easy to hang out with people all the time too.
Wherever you live, how active your social life is is ultimately dependent on the effort you put forth.
I've lived in both and agree with what Frère and Anathema have said. Helaman and Heritage are both wonderful but have pretty distinct social atmospheres.
Helaman is a lot more social and seems to have a higher percentage of extroverts. They also seem to have more sponsored events than Heritage, such as weekly "after hours" events in the Cannon Center and several dances. You bond with your hall and grow close to the 30-40 people living with you. If you want to make lots of friends in the first little while, make sure to go to floor/building activities (such as your weekly floor meeting) and don't be afraid to invite others to dinner or keep your door open when you're studying. Because you only have one roommate in Helaman, from what I can tell you bond very closely with that person... which can be good if you click but not-so-good if you have roommate conflicts. The close quarters can make things heated.
David John is special because you share a bathroom with three other residents (as opposed to the community bathrooms in the rest of Helaman) so it's possible you get closer to those three people than other hall members. I don't know a lot about it but have heard good things. Atmospheres are more distinct between floors than buildings necessarily, as it really depends on what kind of culture the people on the hall bring.
Heritage is more focused on bonding with your five other roommates. You don't necessarily bond as much with other hall members as easily (though you still can). I've noticed that the residents in Heritage are generally a bit more introverted and seem more studious, though this is not necessarily true. Heritage is a good bridge between on-campus housing and off-campus because you still receive support from res life people but have in some ways a higher level of responsibility (ie: cooking your own food, living closer to apartment-style). I've met several people who lived in Helaman their freshman year, then moved to Heritage for their sophomore year for a more independent experience.
Personally, I enjoyed Heritage more but this could be because I'm introverted and had good roommates (plus Heritage actually was my freshman year experience, whereas I experienced Helaman as a res life person so it was less about my social life and more about work). Both are awesome and have the potential for a good time, and Helaman's a fun place to be. Hope your freshman year goes well, and good luck! It's an exciting time of life. Also, the Hall Advisor who's going to be in DJ this coming fall semester is super awesome and pretty much my hero so stop by and chat with her if you're ever at the office!