ABOVE: The bedroom of Ivan Canales, undeclared sophomore and Brian Kiprotich, business sophomore, is lit with bright colored lights to create a laid-back atmosphere. (Tanner Carlson/Staff photographer)
By Tanner Carlson
Life at college may not always work out the way you had imagined. There may be disagreements on schedules, like when a roommate gets up in the morning or goes to bed at night. There may be some arguments on whose side of the room belongs to whom.
However, there are some success stories out there making life in college feel like home.
“We kind of just mixed our ideas,” Colby Fugit, accounting freshman, said. “Then we just met in the middle.”
Fugit has been friends with her roommate since high school and they had been planning what their room was going to look like since their senior year in high school.
Accumulating furniture may take some time, and relying on roommates to already have some isn’t always the most securing way to get that homie feeling.
“It definitely came together piece by piece,” explained Chandler Hall, communication sophomore. “We didn’t have everything all at once, for the first week or two we didn’t even have a couch.”
It isn’t always easy to get furniture, but it always seems as though someone is always giving away something. Most of the time, it is upperclassmen giving away stuff just so they do not have to pack it when they leave. Meaning as time goes on, it becomes easier to accumulate more stuff.
“We want things to feel laid back,” Hall continued. “It’s just a place for us to come chill and relax.”
Life with roommates is easier when everyone has the same taste in design, and also takes care of their own mess and responsibilities. When all the roommates have the same goals and expectations of how the room should look and feel that is when a comfortable and homie feeling is possible
“Homie chic,” Victoria Lybarger, digital arts junior, explained the feel of their room. “You want to go in there to relax that’s where we go if we want to wind down for the day.”
Lybarger and her roommate Quinlan Stein, history senior, both lived in the Honors apartment last year, but did not live together. When they became roommates they realized that their styles were very similar and that it was a perfect match.
“Both of our styles I think meshed very well going into this living situation,” Stein proclaimed. “So we didn’t have to really worry about the whole ‘Well I don’t really like that,’ thing.”
It takes responsibility, and respect for the roommate’s stuff, like any other relationship patience and compromise are key ingredients to have a homie home away from home.
Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.