Off-Campus Living and New Roommates
I am finally a senior (WHOOP) and this is my first time living
the first three years here at Texas A&M, I lived in the same
residence hall with the same roommate. Fortunately, it was modular
style, so it was bigger than some of the other dorms, but the
kitchen was not very clean, the sharing spaces were messy, and
there was not much privacy in the room itself. However, I lucked
out because my roommate and I got along really well and we are
still great friends.
While the living conditions were not great, the community and
the friends I met made up for it.
I could not recommend enough, especially for freshmen, to live
in the dorms their first year. Not only is being on campus much
more convenient because of its proximity to dining places and
classes, but it shapes you into the Aggie that everyone should
strive for; you get involved in so many events on campus, learn
about all the traditions, and are surrounded by peers to whom you
can relate and connect.
But as three years came to an end, my roommate and I decided it
was time to move on. We wanted to find a nice apartment with two
other close friends and experience the off-campus living for
Boy, has this been a learning curve.
Living with one other roommate was one thing but living with
three other girls was an entirely different ball game. All four of
us had different ideas of what we considered clean, figure out what
temperature to set the thermostat, and establish common house
rules…that change weekly.
Not only that, but we were all new to off-campus living so we
had to adjust to waking up earlier to get to class on time and set
aside time to make food like real adults.
What a time to be alive! I have to say…it is nice to have our
own kitchen and our own rooms to crawl back to when we need some
alone time, but most importantly, I love girls’ night whenever we
get the chance to have one.
Recently, we had a new addition to the "family"…and his name is
Khaki. My roommate adopted this Catahoula/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix
at 3 months old, and he is one spoiled puppy. He has every toy you
could ever imagine and better jackets and clothes than I will ever
have, but that’s OK, because he deserves it.
Currently, he is being potty trained and learning new commands
every day. He does make mistakes here and there, but he is the one
of the most well-behaved puppies I have ever met. I always say he’s
an old soul trapped in a little body. We can’t wait to see him grow
into a big dog!