Live on Campus For Memories, Friendships
The posts here from the Bad Roommate series can make having a roommate sound scary. But based on my experience as an international student at ASU, living in a dorm can be one of the best things if you are a new student on campus and you want to really live the college experience.
Housing and Residential Programs actually advises new students to choose to live in a dorm that is designed to make socializing easier, like Plaza Verde. I lived there for my first semester at Angelo State University and it was one of the best choices I made regarding my study abroad experience. Every room of the building opens onto a big lobby that has couches, a TV, armchairs and tables and that are perfect for studying, watching movies, playing video games and hanging out with friends.
I can say that I collected some of the most vivid memories of my experience as an international student in my dorm.
My roommate was another Italian international student and soon we met almost all the people who lived on our floor. Some of them told us that they could tell we were Italian because they could hear us talking and laughing from the inside of our room.
I guess Italians are renowned for being very noisy when it comes to socializing. At some point, a guy who lived two doors down started to send us texts that said “Stop yelling!” when he had enough of hearing us talking.
One morning, my roommate and I didn’t set the alarm because neither of us had class early. We were all excited about being able to sleep late. Unfortunately, at one point we both woke up because the alarm was ringing. At first we thought that we forgot to turn it off, but soon we realized that the sound did not come from one of our phones.
It took us a few minutes to realize that the sound came from the room next to ours. Evidently our next-door neighbor had the same alarm tone and he had class early that morning. We needed a few minutes to understand what was going on but it took him even longer to wake up enough to turn the alarm off.
I loved spending some weeknights just watching movies with my friends. One rainy night, my roommate and I planned a girls night that included wearing the most comfortable sweatpants we owned, watching a romantic comedy on the couch in the lobby and painting our nails.
Our plans were ruined by a too friendly (or annoying) neighbor who decided to join us uninvited. The problem was that he wanted to watch a manly action movie with blood, cars and guns and kept complaining.
My roommate and I thought it was too rude to just tell him to go away so we started to watch the cheesiest movie ever, to paint our nails, talk about our feelings and do other girly things that usually make men run away. At first, this strategy it didn’t work. He stayed and went on and on complaining about everything. It took him about half an hour to understand that he was ruining our girls night, but eventually he went back to his room.
Helping a Neighbor in Distress
At the end of the semester, I was a good friend to half of the people that lived on my floor. The last night of finals week we were hanging out in the lobby just celebrating the fact that we were about to be enjoy a month of resting. Suddenly, a Korean friend ran out of his room all flustered. He was working on his final essay and absolutely needed to get at least a 75 to be allowed to keep on studying at ASU. The problem was that the paper was due in a hour and his flight back to Korea left in two.
He asked us to help him fix it and, even if it was a race against time, every one of us applied something that he/she had learned during that semester and in the end we were able to make it. He turned the essay in two minutes before the deadline and left for the airport right on time. Two weeks later, I was happy to know that he got a 78 thanks to our team effort.