Last weekend, my entire family (well, a good share of them anyway – there were six adults plus one not-at-all-helpful toddler) helped Kassi move into her first college dorm room. She’s living and working in the same dorm I spent three of my five College Pt. 1 years in, so it brought back All the Memories. It made me want to look back at pictures of my first dorm room, which led to me looking at ALL of my dorm rooms, none of which I would still have photos of were it not for my blog (thanks to the fact that I am a serial killer when it comes to computers and external hard drives. I’m trying out Amazon’s Cloud Drive right now so if you also use it, I’m sorry if it breaks from my mere presence. These things happen.)
Anyway. Onto the ugly dorm room pictures!
Freshman Year (2004-2005)
My first dorm room was definitely the worst. It was shaped like a rectangle with a sink and a bathroom in the first half, closets (really armories because they weren’t inside the walls) jutting into the middle of the room, and beds and computer desks in the other half. Everything but the beds were attached to the walls, meaning there was no chance for personalization of that lovely cinder block paradise.
Remember cordless phones? At this point cell phones were around (I even had one, which meant pretty much everyone did) but there were no cell towers nearby so no cell reception on campus. I think I killed that bamboo within a few months. Oh, and check out Dan’s hand! He took that picture in high school (on a beach in Mexico on a mission trip our freshman year) (lots of nouns in that sentence) and I loved it so he gave it to me framed at some point. Currently that very same photo and frame is hanging on our dining room wall! (We have no purple phones though.)
The kitchen/sink area I talked about earlier. I got that blue coffee pot when I was 14 and saved it for three years until I went to college. I took such good care of it (or it’s just good enough quality) that Kassi is still using it in her dorm room! (She could have used my minifridge too but she used Kaeli’s instead. My microwave, however, is long gone. It got confiscated after Kassi set some popcorn on fire in it visiting me during my junior year, haha…)
My desk! Pretty much no one had flat screen monitors yet, or even optical mouses (mice?) I still like to have pictures everywhere so this isn’t too embarrassing. Oh, and I got that Gary plushie my junior year in high school and I just threw him away last year. Damien finally sealed his fate by removing his eyeballs…
The shelves directly over my desk. I’m amazed by how few books I brought to college! Maybe I didn’t want to seem like a nerd? (HAHAHA no that wasn’t it.)
My closet – I had to take the doors off, or they’d run right into my bed. Great room planning! I literally wore four colors (black, white, red, and pink) with the rare blue jean thrown in there. Also, giant heeled shoes. My feet are WAY too old and broken to wear heels out and about now!
My bed, complete with blanky that I still sleep with every night (shut up, it’s sooo fuzzy!), and stuffed animals because I have always been hardcore like that.
Straight down the middle of the room. My roommate was pretty much my opposite in every way (except for the fact that we were both way too devoted to boyfriends who Just Weren’t That Into Us. Thankfully neither of us made it to the end of the year with said boyfriends… or each other as roommates, that matter!)
Sophomore Year (2005-2006)
This year I shared a room with Daylene, my bestie cousin, and it was probably my best year of college (at least in hindsight!) Thanks to Daylene’s big sister we got into a better dorm, and our room was SO. MUCH. BETTER.
Our room had A Theme: black and white, which made decorating easy. (Not that we were amazing decorators… but we didn’t have any money either!)I had the top bunk, and according to my blog archive, I only fell off three times! Built-in shelves next to our bed – I had the top two and Daylene had the bottom two. There’s that hand picture again! (Dan took the picture on the top shelf too.)My computer desk, with the same Freaking Huge Monitor and lots of pictures (plus I added another plushie – Kuroneko the kitty – who still lives, unlike his snail brethren.) Wall between a closet (Daylene’s I think?) and the sink/kitchen room. I bet no one brings stereos to college anymore, lol. (Also, I wish I still had that picture I took of the Sundial Bridge; it’s pretty good!)The beforementioned kitchen/sink room – I still use those dishtowels in my kitchen! I called this our Makeup and Hair Center in my original blog post, sooo I guess we used this to store makeup and hair stuff? (This is one piece of furniture I still own. It used to house Damien’s clothes but is now full of toys, with different baskets.)To this day, this is the best closet I’ve ever had… Also the only one you could walk into (technically I could ‘walk into’ my closet now but I would just walk right into a wall.)
Junior Year (2006-2007)I was still in the same dorm so my room was pretty much the same, but I had two random roommates during the year (Daylene’s sister was back from a year as a student missionary, so the two of them were my suitemates.) I was surprised I even took pictures of the room. My comforter was reversible, so this is actually the same comforter from the previous two years. And there’s that same piece of furniture as a bedside table. (Also, apparently I had a giant cow head pillow?)More cow head, plus some randomly-placed art (I just put up the Picasso cat on my wall again. It’s actually a giant postcard I framed.)My desk, which now features two computers (I had the laptop all along but mostly used it in bed, lol.) I also had that fishtank in every room, with a parade of fish that passed through. Also, I spy Dan’s hand photo on the wall (behind the ugly internet cords; this was pre-wireless.)That same shelf again. I still had the top two shelves, only I decided to branch out into fire hazard territory and put stuff directly on the heater. (Just coffee mugs, so that’s not too bad right?) Our ‘kitchen’ was not nearly as organized in this room… Roommate #1 was very much a slob so if I wanted anything organized or cleaned I did it myself. I really don’t remember anything about Roommate #2 except that she was always on the phone!
Summer School (2007)
I decided to stay and work/take some summer classes in 2007, which was fine except I had to move back into the dreaded first dorm! Luckily I didn’t have to have a roommate for the summer session, which made living in that horrible room a lot more tolerable. I slept on the bottom bunk and put the top bunk up to get it out of the way.My computer desk (with more books this time! Also some DVDs and CDs, another thing college students probably don’t display anymore.) (Also, can you spy WoW? What can I say; I was alone all summer…)I used this desk for eating, and apparently for displaying things that were black and white. (Also the topless cover of my Man Ray art book, which I picked up for free at a book exchange!) Return of the Cow Head!One of my closets (complete with free anime poster someone gave me in Japantown in San Francisco. I had seen the show so I figured I earned it.)My kitchen/bathroom area – the caf was closed much of the time during the summer, so I had to *gasp* actually do some cooking in the shared kitchen. I ate a lot of instant mashed potatoes, lol.
I couldn’t easily find any photos of my senior year dorm room, which is too bad because by the end of the year it was pretty cool. I was rooming with both Daylene and her friend Annalisa across two connecting rooms. We had our beds in one room and our desks (plus an extra bed we made into a daybed) in the other, and it was the ideal setup for people with different schedules and study habits – you just have to convince an R.A. to room with you! :P (Also, I got two closets again – since the R.A. room had giant closets that Daylene and Annalisa were using we decided it was fair. I will most likely never again know the joy that is two unshared closets.)
But out of all the rooms, which one brings me the most nostalgia? I was totally surprised to find it was the summer room. It’s funny because I only lived in this room for three months but – I got to live by myself! Everything was exactly how I wanted it! That will pretty much never ever happen again. Maybe someday I’ll post comparisons of the various places Dan and I have lived while married… which might actually be more embarrassing than the dorm rooms…)