Today we moved Aaron into his Sophomore dorm. He’d selected a dorm with rooms that house four students in a suite with a private bath and a sitting room, and I was concerned. It’s hard enough to find one person you can live closely with, let alone three, and we all know what happens when teenage boys are given the responsibility of cleaning their own bathrooms. EWWW. And the model they’d shown us on orientation day was tiny. Aaron was the first of his roommates to move in because he’s there a week early for marching band and he has an OCD mother who forces him to be early for everything. Here’s the exterior view of his dorm:
He’s on the second floor (SCORE!), which is awesome because dorm elevators are notoriously slow. And he has a corner unit, which I figure will be quieter and perhaps even a bit bigger. Here’s the floor plan:
You’ll notice the open-air lanai from which they access the dorm. I’m sure that’s not what anyone else on campus calls it, but that’s what I’m calling it. When I first used the term “lanai” my husband rolled his eyes and said, “Angie, the rooms have an exterior entrance like a cheap motel.” But here’s the view from the lanai:
You first enter the sitting room, which has nice study areas for all the boys. The pile of pressed wood and cushions will be assembled into a loveseat by Aaron and his roomies later. It’s a cast-off we originally bought from Home Reserve, and it’s easy to disassemble, move, and reassemble. All the cloth portions are removable and washable, and there’s tons of storage below both cushions for gaming equipment, movies, etc. Other guys are reportedly bringing a fridge, microwave, and TV.
Here’s the actual bedroom. I suspect they will end up bunking at least two of the beds, but it’s functional enough even this way.
Parking is convenient, and the entire campus is beautiful.
There is a lake within easy walking distance of his dorm, and hiking trails surround it. They’ve just finished the new fitness center, and Aaron can’t wait to try out the new pool and equipment. He’s excited about all his classes, particularly the one relating to his new Gaming major, and he’s already promised to come home for Labor Day weekend. It’s going to be a wonderful year!
I’ll be linking this up later this week to Capture the Everyday at Adventuroo for the “landscape shot” prompt. It makes me feel good to think about Aaron seeing that view on his way to band camp or class every day 🙂