February 22, 2013
I LOVE my new room this semester. LOVE IT. My overwhelming fondness for my single could be related to the fact that I had lived in quads the past two years. Quads were fun, but it was time for my own space.
I currently live in Skenandoa, which is a little ways down the hill and across from Bundy, another big dorm. As my friend once described, "Oh, Skenandoa? It looks just like Barnes and Noble in there!" I can actually see her point - it has new carpeting, clean walls, and the common room furniture is a step up from that of other dorm rooms. But, best of all…my room is a SINGLE. With my very own bathroom and shower! It is not the biggest of rooms, but I have worked wonders with the space that I do have, in my completely unbiased opinion. I have a tv and stereo (thank you parents) and mini fridge. My boyfriend even installed a coat rack by the door. For decoration, I hung some old music posters and a couple of beautiful scrolls I got while in China. I am sure that I paid too much for them - it wasn't my best bargaining day - but they are beautiful! One is blue mountain scenery, and the other, smaller one is an intimidating-looking Mongolian warrior. Not the typical choice for a girl's room, I suppose, but I thought he looked neat.
But what is it that really completes my room? The plants! My room is home to a lucky bamboo plant and two other small plants, courtesy of the New Hartford Walmart. I always feel a bit guilty when I shop at Walmart, destroying small businesses one small Walmart purchase at a time….but I had a burning desire to buy a plant at 11:00 pm on a Sunday, and my options were limited. Miraculously, I have kept all of them alive, even the one that requires daily water.
There are drawbacks to Sken - for instance, it is not the most social of dorms. People aren't exactly willing to go down the hill for a party or to hang out. This also works out in my favor, however, because for the first time on campus I can study in my room without distractions. Most of my friends this year live up the hill on the Darkside, but everything is equally far from Skenandoa anyway - at least, as far as anything can get on Hamilton's campus (meaning no more than 10 minutes walk).
So yes, the hill is a pain when trying to get to a 9 am class. Or when going to HEAT dance practice at 9 pm. But my room is completely, 100% mine and I love it!
Major / Minor: Chinese / Studio Art
Activities: Model UN, Student Assembly
Favorite pastimes: Glen runs (especially in the fall!), Diner B, splurging on way too many Cafe Opus cookies and chai tea lattes and intramural basketball, usually found at the gym or the art studio
Hometown: Prospect, Ky.
High School: Kentucky Country Day High School