In the past two years I have lived in five different rooms on campus. I’m happy to say that my current room is the best of the lot. How, you ask, could I live in five rooms? Well it’s really quite simple. Freshman year I was initially put in a temporary triple in Building A. I was then de-tripled to a room T05 in McCoy. This year I lived in Homewood 420 for two weeks at the beginning of school before my roommate went home for the semester and I decided to move out. Hopkins kindly put me in a 1003 in Charles Commons (the newest dorm on campus I swear it looks like a hotel). I had an extremely bizarre roommate who I saw maybe five times for the whole semester. That’s weirder than normal. So when one of my friends who lived on the same floor decided to take a semester off and go to Kenya I opportunistically jumped at the chance and took her room. Now I live in 1000C and my suite mates are my friends and I see them. You have no idea how much better it is when you’re not creeped out by your roommates. We even cook dinner together sometimes. I love my suite mates.
I live in a quad in Charles Commons (room 500 in this floor plan). There are four single rooms and two bathrooms. We also have a living room and a kitchenette with a full sized fridge. I swear it’s like the greatest hotel ever. I’m also on the 10th floor (our RA themed the floor as “Penthouse Suites). You would think that I should have a good view of something but sadly I just have a view of the other side of the building, it makes for good people watching but not much else. However if you sit in the lounge of our floor you can see the whole of the Baltimore city skyline. I took a picture but unfortunately (or fortunately for me) today is a snow day at Hopkins. This means the view is ruined but two of my classes have been canceled. Anyway let’s now begin our tour of room 1000 with a special focus on 1000C. I do apologize for the mess. I have roommates and their not always as neat as I would like.
Shall we commence with the walls? On one wall I have the posters from all of the plays that I’ve been in at Hopkins or done the costumes for. The Good Doctor, two student written play showcases, The Adding Machine, Into the Woods, and The Mousetrap. On the walls surrounding my bed I have pictures and postcards from assorted friends and travels. I’m still debating whether or not they’re a little oppressive. On the fourth wall I have a map of Canada. Why Canada you ask. It’s actually only a small portion of Canada where my summer house is. It’s a great wall covering because it’s really big and yet not too oppressive. You’ll also note that there are flowers on my bureau. Now I know today is Valentine’s Day but the flowers are left over from this past weekend. I was in a production of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. It’s a murder mystery and I played the sister of the murderer. It was a lot of fun. We worked from Intersession (Jan 8) until now on the play. Anyway my dad flew in for the night to see me perform (thank you Southwest) and he brought me yellow roses. I try to have flowers in my dorm room most of the time because they liven it up. To see photos from my play click here.
As for the rest of my room it’s fairly simple. Bed with flowery bedspread and crocheted blanket from my grandmother (she crocheted it in Hopkins colors). I have a curtain on my window because I discovered a neat trick. You buy two hooks that stick on walks and then lay a curtain rod over them. Presto! Easily removable, won’t get you in trouble.
I almost forgot. In any CRIBS episode there is the requisite opening of the fridge. Our fridge is usually pretty neat though I’m always very afraid of the things in the back. Thanks for stopping by and now I’m going to enjoy the rest of my snow day.