I'm not going to lie to you, I HATED living in a dorm my freshman year. But keep in mind, I'm a only child, had my own bedroom and bathroom so having to share my personal space with a stranger and share a bathroom with 100 plus girls was very overwhelming for me. The one thing I wish I could do differently is possibly have lived with someone I knew. My best friend from high school was suppose to be my roommate, but last minute she decided she was going to stay at home and not go to school. So because it was so late in the game I got stuck living with a random girl, that I was not friends with, and had nothing in common with. On the bright side, she did end up leaving in October so for the rest of the school year I had the dorm to myself and then sophomore year I did get a apartment.
Everyone does need to experience dorm life though. For me, it helped me break out of my shell. I think all in-coming freshman should live in a dorm room... But with that being said in today's new 'normal' I'm not sure if you will get to experience this or not.