“WTF?” Crazy Dorm Life Stories

August 28, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

college dorm room

college dorm room

For my first two years of college, I lived in the same residence hall on campus at Longwood University.  Four semesters later, and four roommates later, I now live in an apartment with my best friends.  Although I love living in a nice, spacious, apartment, that gives me my own room and other amenities I could not get living in a dorm, I can honestly say, I miss dorm life because of the awesome experiences and memories I made.

“Caution: Wet Bed”                       

Last semester, my three best friends decided it would be a good idea to steal a nasty wet floor sign from the hallway.  Instead of keeping it as a memento, they decided to be sick and gross, and put the dirty wet floor sign on my bed, then proceed to post pictures of it saying “Caution: Wet Bed” and “Natalie wet her bed.”  Love those girls.

“The Great Flood”

Last semester during finals week, my roommate and I never expected what was going to happen.  After a long night of studying (my roommate still in the library), I walk into my dorm room ready to take a shower and go to bed.  It had already been raining outside, so I went into my room, L.L. Bean Boots soaking wet, and walk across my room to put down my back pack.  After I put my things down I headed to the bathroom.  All I heard coming from my feet was, “squish, squish,” but not paying attention to what it could be.  Finally after feeling my socks soaking wet, I look down at the floor and realize that our entire room in flooded with 2 inches of water.  I then followed where the water and coming from, to also find that our toilet had been leaking all day.  So, after 4 ruined carpets, 2 ruined trash cans, wet clothes, shoes, furniture, and then 3 hours of waiting for an emergency work order for it to be fixed…it still wasn’t fixed.  Thanks.

“Poop in the Elevator”

Yes.  Poop in the elevator.  Enough said.

“Roommate Elevator Prank Story”

One time my roommate walked into the dorm to go back to her room.  When she approached the elevator, she realized that she could not use it and did not know why.  When she went back down to investigate, she realized that the elevator door was completely open and was covered with red solo cups filled with water, goldfish all over the place, and a black thong.

“Boobies and Booty’s on the Wall”

My freshman year of college, I had the best hall ever.  We were fun, wild, and tight knit.  One day, someone from within the residence hall, decided to put a GIANT poster of half-naked Sports Illustrated models up on the wall outside of everyone’s doors.  It was hilarious.  But, Longwood has a strict policy that we cannot have obscene things inside our residence halls, especially not out for the whole dorm to see.  Needless to say, the men on our hall got yelled at, and it happened again down the hall later in the semester.

More Than Just An Old Dorm

August 1, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

The Sem

The Sem

I could tell you about the weird or messy moments from my first year, but it wouldn’t be much different from other people’s crazy stories. Typical college. This week I want to tell you about an unforgettable experience from sophomore year, which is much more than any drunken night could amount to. It’s about living in Stonehill’s dorm, The Sem.

I’ll do my best to describe it to you, but many don’t fully understand the building until they’ve lived in it. The Sem is in the boonies of Stonehill, past the Sports Complex, near the fields and by the road. No one goes there unless they live there, they’re going to Sem mass, or they’re going to brunch on the weekend. Either way, I’m confident in saying that it’s the hidden gem of Stonehill.

It’s a first year student dorm, but I had the opportunity to live there sophomore year because my roommate is an RA. Before The Sem, her and I were friendly, but didn’t really hangout much besides getting breakfast between classes. When she asked me to live with her, I was hesitant especially because of the Sem’s location on campus. I had to give her an answer fairly quickly, so I just decided to go for it. I didn’t have a roommate for the following year at the time, and I figured I would make some new friends. It wouldn’t be so bad.

Little did I know, it was a great fit for me. The special thing about the Sem is that it’s more than a dorm, it’s a community of people, of friends. Because we’re far away from the center of campus, we’re lazy and are just stuck together a lot of the time. From RA programs, to floor meetings, to hanging out in the common room, there is so much pride and involvement. Everyone is proud to be a sem kid, old and new. There are always familiar faces whether it’s hanging out with an RA on duty or hanging out in your room. No one is afraid to talk or say “hello.” Yeah, I was a sophomore, but it’s just the kind of place you want to be as a first year, despite the distance.

I made friends just like I thought I would, and my new roommate became a best friend. Coincidentally a few girls on my floor knit and liked to craft. We’d hangout and watch tv or a movie. There were a lot of opportunities to bond, especially in little ways. People usually had their door opened, and it was common for someone to pop in and chat or just say “hey” while walking by. Since we had a small cafeteria in the building, a lot of us would eat there instead of walking all the way across campus if we were already in our rooms and didn’t have to go out again. Sem brunch every weekend was a tradition. A very delicious weekly tradition. During my first year I didn’t get out enough and wasn’t that involved. Living in The Sem, making new friends, and having to make more of an effort to see my other friends and attend meetings, truly pushed me to put myself out there. When I first agreed to The Sem, I didn’t realize what it would do for me or how much of an impact it would have. Although that chapter is passed and it’s summer now, I still text my roommate and keep in contact with a few girls from my floor. I’m grateful that I was given the opportunity to be a Sem kid and anyone who is chosen to live there is lucky.

by Amanda

Roommate Loves and Problems

July 12, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

One of the many joys of starting your first year, or pretty much any year, of college is gaining either a new friend or a new enemy. That’s right, you get your roommate. Pretty much every college that has dorms will assign you a roommate. Anywhere from being randomly assigned to choosing your own from friends you already know, there are always all kind of stories to accompany those roommates.

I personally have only had three roommates. Luckily, my first roommate from freshman year was wonderfully normal. We still will go to movie premieres together. My last, and current roommate, is my best friend from elementary school through high school. We moved from a dorm to an apartment and things are still complete smooth sailing. However, I had a middle roommate that, though not movie style crazy, was definitely strange to say the least.

The summer of 2013 I had decided to stay on campus to take classes and to work for my university’s orientation programs for incoming freshmen. Roommate assignments for the summer are done a little differently than for the fall or spring. Assignments are done first come, first serve. So when I showed up, I was pretty excited to hopefully get a room to myself but also kind of hoping to meet a new person. Later the same day I checked in and started to move in for the summer, I did get a roommate. We did share many interest, including television shows, music tastes, and a love for specific art. Within the next few days she told me that she had only three rules: To let her know if I would be away overnight, to knock before I entered the room, and not to pop popcorn because she didn’t like the smell. Though I found these extremely odd, I didn’t find it so odd to as for a new roommate. The longer we got into the summer, the weirder it got. She would play her music literally so loud I couldn’t think while doing my homework, and I’m a person who listens to music while working. She would also turn the lights out and go to sleep at 8:30 pm no matter if I was at my desk working or not. She simply did not care if I was working on homework or not. She then brought an air mattress to place on the bedframe that was given to us in our room. Then after being in the room constantly to never coming back and not letting me know, despite her preset rule. By the end of the summer, she was never there and I had practically gotten a room to myself.

Obviously mine is an intense story of horrible roommates. Sure, here’s always going to horror story and you may even go through one yourself, but it will get better and if all else fails don’t afraid to ask for a change of roommates from whoever is in charge of your room assignments.

by Maura

How to “SU Student” by Kelsey

May 16, 2014 in Admissions, Campus Life, Colleges, Love

orange blooded

orange blooded

Kelsey is a 21 year old Syracuse University student from the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. She’s a die hard Indians fan, goes crazy for the Cavaliers, loves the Browns (for which I pity her), and of course bleeds orange just like the rest of us. Her favorite scent is rose, she’s a Sagittarius, and her notebooks are covered in doodles of kites, bikes, and random twisted patterns that give you a headache if you stare at them for too long. She loves the British, obscure alternative bands, and doing cute, picturesque things that don’t always work out like we plan (such as trying to ride a bike with a person on the handlebars). Kelsey is allergic to peas and addicted to coffee, hates to run and loves to sing, and once fooled twins into thinking we were twins. She has an intimidating menagerie of lipsticks, adores Harry Potter, and is the only person I’ve met in a very long time that I’m taller then, even if it’s only by an inch. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and has been my soul/room mate for the past 3 years and counting.

Finn and Jake!

Finn and Jake!

Kelsey and I were randomly paired as roommates freshman year and we became instant friends the moment we met. It seems that becoming close friends with a random roommate is rarer than a Duke fan wearing orange. Yet despite the odds stacked against us, Kelsey and I just clicked and have been firmly attached at the hip ever since. She and I had both been attracted to SU by the same thing: the glamour and shine of our fair Newhouse. We had plans to do extremely well, boost our GPAs, and keep applying until we were accepted (or until we couldn’t apply anymore). Ironically enough, once our grades were finally high enough to get us in, we both realized that our dreams were taking us to other majors yonder. Much like everything else we do, we moved parallel to each other as we became interested in different factors of a similar area. I began to hone in on the publishing field and Kels decided to focus on her writing.

only the power of friendship could break the curse of the blue dress

only the power of friendship could break the curse of the blue dress

Kelsey is now double majoring in Communications and Rhetorical Studies as well as English and Textual Studies with a minor in Psychology. She has a work study job in the library as a desk jockey in the plotter room where we like to print out giant pictures of Ryan Gosling and hang them in our (still shared) apartment. She writes for two on-campus magazines as well as doing her own writing on the side. Much to my dismay, she had been abroad this past semester in London, frolicking across Europe while I was left alone and abandoned at SU *sniffle*. Even though it was our longest time apart in 3 years, Kelsey’s experience abroad allowed her to explore the possibility of a totally new post-graduate plan: grad school in Europe! While I’ll always support her dreams, I do kinda hope she stays in the US. I mean, we only have 4 more years of living together before she’s my common-law wife. Might as well go for gold.

However, I just can’t put the value of being an SU student better than Kelsey’s own eloquent, educated words:

“I study. I party. I SU student.”

mind meld

mind meld

From Dorm Rooms to Apartments: Things you need to know

April 13, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Does your apartment sink look like this?

Does your apartment sink look like this?

Sometime in sophomore or even the end of freshman year, you’re probably going to be sick of the dorm room situation.

Not that single/double/ and triple cubicles in loud floors full of loud people and nasty communal bathrooms isn’t fun…but eventually the high of living “on your own” wears off, and you’ll start looking seriously at on campus (or off campus) apartments.

I’ve lived in two separate apartment situations since leaving the dorms. (One on campus and one off) And they were great, but it was clear there were some situations that my roommates and I really should have thought about before living together.

  1. Chores.

Everyone has a plan going into the year for how chores will get done. It always sounds something like “Oh yeah, we’ll totally switch off and share. I’m a really neat person. We’ll deal with it.”

Good you’re friends who think you work well together. But I guarantee that you will have different expectations for cleaning dishes, floors, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, and even buying essentials.  You know you have a problem when you rage-clean the kitchen because Roommate A left ONE too many cereal bowls in the sink, or Roommate B covered every conceivable surface with their cooking oil adventures, or Roommate C baked pot brownies without telling you…

You get the picture. Make sure going in that you all are very upfront about how you clean and try to set up specific standards for it. It’s entirely possible the person you’re living with has never cleaned a kitchen or bathroom before. So rules such as “Hand wash the Doctor Who mug” and “switch off bleaching the bathroom surfaces with the cleaner and paper towels” might well be necessary.

  1. Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Shopping.

Going into an apartment living situation for the first time, you probably aren’t thinking about how to divide up buying the essentials: soap, cleaner, toilet paper, bread, milk, bacon etc…Nor are you probably thinking about whether it’s okay for people to use your spices, your pots and pans, your coffee grinder or your dishtowel. You probably have a vague talk about it: group shopping trips, trading off buying essentials, and “just ask first” probably all come up in conversation.

You will quickly run into problems: Roommate A doesn’t want to pool their money to buy your peanut butter. Roommate B always spends forever on group shopping trips looking at everything you don’t need. Roommate C used your coffee grinder to crush mint leaves and now your coffee tastes like wintergreen. As for the bathroom. Did you say you’d trade off? I guarantee you will end up in a Cold War over the toilet paper. You bought six rolls twice and they only bought one once? It’s only funny when it’s not you. It’s also amazing how many people will eat the last of your bagels because they figured they’d pay you back or you wouldn’t mind.

To resolve these issues, try pooling for resources. I call it a Socialist Grocery Scheme. Sit down with your roommates and make a list of all the groceries you use together: Toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, bread, coffee, milk, hummus. You get the idea. Once you have a decent list put down an amount of money it seems acceptable for everyone to drop into the grocery pot once a week. Over the course of that week make sure that you all contribute to a grocery list when things are getting low. This saves you from everyone having to go shopping together, and it means that the money you use for group groceries is separate from what you use for your personal ones. And label your food. Sometimes hungry/high/tired people can forget what’s not theirs.

  1. Quiet Hours.

You naturally go into an apartment living situation thinking this won’t be as much of an issue as it was in the dorms. You’ll have your own room, you won’t live on the same floor as twenty other people, and you know the people you’re living with. At least you think you do.

Then Roommate A’s favourite show starts its new season. Roommate B picks up a job that has them stomping up the stairs and through the apartment at during the very late (or very early) hours of the day. And Roommate C has a girl/boyfriend who is always over and the two of them always talk/cook/hangout obnoxiously loudly while you’re studying.  And they have the nerve to tell you to quiet down at 16:00 on a Friday when you’ve decided it’s as good a time as any to clean everything.

Again, whatever communication you thought was sufficient going into your apartment living situation was not sufficient. So remember to be specific. Do you use headphones to watch movies or tv only in the common areas or do you need to use them in your room too? When do people like to nap and study so you don’t disturb them? Do you leave your shoes at the door to lessen the noise you make when you get home from work. General Quiet Hours are all well and good, but it is better to determine exactly what constitutes “quiet.”

College dorms are good introductions to independent living, but keep in mind the stressors that are different in an apartment. And don’t assume that because having one roommate went fine, that you can just have the same loose roommate agreement with six different people that you did with one person. And check in with your roommates. Sometimes they’re annoyed and just too polite to say anything.