Monday, March 9, 2009

Did you know I was in jail back in college?

I promised a post about my RA (Resident Assistant) days. I lived in a teeny, tiny room my freshman year of college in Lucille Clement Hall with a roommate. I had to go down the hall to the shared bathroom. Our room was seriously the size of my walk-in closet.

The next year, I became a RA in Carter Hall. If you look closely at the picture, my room was on the first floor, all the way to the left. See those two tiny little windows to the left of the door, those were mine. I had a great room as far as dorm rooms go. It was really large, all to myself, with a private bathroom. Heaven on campus earth. For the most part, our dorm was uneventful. Most of the people who lived there were upperclass(wo)men. I was "on-duty" one night a week, and one weekend a month. When I was "on-duty", I couldn't leave the dorm at all. Not even step outside. Basically, I was in jail. I usually convinced my friends to stay in jail with me. And then there was my mom making honey mustard deliveries. The weekends were the worst. Not only was I confined to the building, but I also had to "make rounds" EVERY HOUR. This meant I was supposed to walk the halls of all three floors to check for suspicious activity, make sure doors were locked, etc. Basically, I was on "boyfriend and pot patrol". I even had to go to the creepy basement laundry room which also had an outside door. This is where I was convinced the creepy men would find a way in and hide. It was monotonous and scary at times.

I loved living on campus, it was free, and I adored my big private room. Overall, I'm thankful for the experience, but I could have lived without that laundry room!

Any of you have a dorm or RA memory?


Rachael said...

I spent my dorm days at Austin Peay State University. For the most part, I loved living in the dorms and having roommates.

My Junior year, I lived in an on-campus apartment. One night while we were all studying, we had a fire drill. While we were standing outside, waiting to go back in, we remembered that we had left about 5 candles burning- a big no-no in the dorms. The RA's blew out our candles and gave us a big warning!

When I came to visit ETSU and I saw the dorms, I knew there was no way I could live in those tiny rooms. So I got a really nice apartment close to campus. My parents thought that I was living in the dorms for a few months!!

Ashley said...

Aww, I wish I had a dorm memory!! Sounds like you had the time of your life!! Thank you Michelle for your always so sweet words!!