So because I was placed in Japan house for my two years at Pearson, there were some pieces of my room that were missing when I arrived on campus. Over time, the room slowly finished as all the drawers came in and my room became whole. Some background: Boys tend to be on the second floor because there is less space up there and there tend to be fewer boys. The second floor rooms have 2 rooms on the bottom and 2 rooms in lofts (I know! Super cool). The bottom floor usually has the girls, more rooms, a bigger bathroom. The older houses have tubs in the bottom floor bathroom but the renovated ones have a gender neutral bathroom (exciting!) with the exception of Calgary House. They hadn’t had the amazing idea when they renovated that house.
What can I say about my room in first year. It was a dream room. I had second years that were helpful, outgoing and supportive. My co-year Timur from Belarus was relaxed, easy going and an amazing listener. Ibra (from UAE) and Sumer (India) were my only roommates for the first couple weeks on campus. Ibra was so nice and gave me a loft bed (usually claimed by the second years who arrive on campus before the first years). I remember that the 3 of us bonded and vibed so well that we prayed that our incoming roommate would be chill. Thank god he was, our room was wack. Some memories I’ll keep to myself (what happens in Japan room 9, stays in room 9).
Some fun facts that I want to remember:
- Sumer kept a HUGE bag of snacks under his bed filled with noodles (an essential) and let me raid it for the first week until I had a chance to go to town and pick up some supplies
- Sumer wrote a 14 step Indomie cooking recipe on my whiteboard, and I must say, it was close to perfect, and over time, I perfected it (sorry bud, my way was a little more refined)
- Ibra let me borrow his bluetooth speakers for all of first term, until I was able to get my own during winter break. I used them ALL the time, during showers, walking to class, studying, etc.
- Tim could almost always be found in his underwear (lest we forget) and he taught me a Russian song that I can still remember to this day.
- Our room was bopping all year, lots of people came to visit and it never felt empty or alone.
- Don’t want to forget Sumers flaw of needing ABSOLUTE silence when studying (once a month) which included listening to music in earbuds.
- I once found and kept a projector and put up a sheet in my room and watched movies, studied and watched my first episode of “That 70s show” on. Also watched Bang Bang (woo Bollywood).
- Sumer and I had a weird game called summon. We would be allowed to summon the other roommate 3 times a day, and played a rock, paper, scissors game (best of three) to see who would fill the others water bottle, or make popcorn. I almost always lost somehow.
- My room didn’t have a bonding until the last week of the year. But we were still one of the closest room on campus.
I settled into the room very quickly and had everything set up within the first few days. Pictures covered my walls and everything stayed clean and organized (a lifestyle I kept during my first year). During the year, I went over many designs on my white board that was next to my bed. My mood towards school was reflected on the board.
I’ll upload some pictures of before and after and throughout my year of the room and white board. To see some evolution 🙂