Countdown to College: A Place To Call Home

July 22. I had it circled on my calendar. It was written in red Sharpie on a Post-It note strategically placed on my desk. The Facebook class of 2013 group was all a-flutter with activity as we counted down the days, hours, and minutes together.

And then it was midnight on the day we were to receive our housing assignments for the fall. Raise the curtain!

Okay, so maybe that was a bit melodramatic. But the anxiety I felt as I waited for the clock to strike midnight was certainly no joke. I felt almost as nervous as I did before I got my acceptance letter in the mail. What if I got a bad dorm? What if I hate my roommate? Why the hell is this dorm called the Butts (short for Butterfields, I’ve since learned)?

Midnight arrived, and our online accounts were updated with our housing information for the fall. Well, except some people – including several acquaintances and myself – who saw a blank page where the room assignment was supposed to be. There was a deluge of updates to my Facebook news feed and the class of 2013 group with either happy or sad news; it appeared that just as many people got the dorm of their choice as those who did not. I frantically refreshed the page, waiting for my own assignment to come. Five minutes later, it was still blank. Ten minutes later, blank. 12:45 a.m., no assignment, lots of frustration, unable-to-piece-together-a-coherent-sentence-ahhhh! And I had a train to New York City to catch in the morning.

1 a.m. rolled around, and I made a deal with a fellow ‘13er who was also refreshing her page like a madwoman: if it wasn’t up by 2 a.m., I would go to bed and at least try to fall asleep. And as soon as I woke up in the morning, I’d hop on the computer and discover my fate.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, for my poor nerves), I didn’t have to stay up much longer. A half hour of refreshing later, and my page was updated! And with good news – I got the dorm I wanted! I was placed in a single room in a dorm with mixed freshman and sophomores, and I’ve already met some of my neighbors on Facebook. Around 3 a.m., I finally crashed and went to sleep. I feel like a total zombie this morning, but hey, people have done crazier things for college, right?

Anyway, I’m super pumped to be livin’ in a single, especially after hearing some roommate horror stories. Anyone out there got some they’d like to share?

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