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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Schwitzer Dorm Room

To continue my series on the female freshman residence hall Schwitzer, I have pictures from my own room three years ago. I had a double room, which is the standard option, though I believe singles and triples are available as well. Each room comes with two bed frames, mattresses, desks, desk chairs, dressers, and closets. I really can’t remember if there were trash cans or not. They aren’t listed on the Schwitzer information page, but I think I see one in the picture of my closet.

I’ve already shared this picture, but again… here is the door to my freshman year dorm room in Schwitzer. Schwitzer rooms have towel racks by the door, which is handy. The mirror also came with the room.

I’ve also shared this picture before. Looking at the room, you see it’s all quite compact. Opposite the door was our window, the outer sections of which opened to let in a breeze on those hot, late-summer days.

Bring fans if you are living in Schwitzer or Ross! I recommend a little, portable one like this that doesn’t make too much noise. I had it and loved it and have passed it down to my Vegetarian Sister, who is entering college herself. The blades are soft: I spent many a happy procrastinating moment dangling my fingers and toes in the way of the blades to feel the thump of the fabric and hear the funny buzz it would make. It generates a nice breeze, too.

To the left of the front door were our closets. Schwitzer closets are huge! You can see I fit my entire dresser inside my closet and still had room for my clothes. A note to students entering college for the first time: Remember to bring hangers! I forgot, and we had to buy them, and it got to be a bit pricey.

We kept the mini refrigerator I brought between the closet and my desk. It proved to be the perfect size for storing my printer. (And my giant bucket, which every year has housed a different type of candy. Freshman year it was Tootsie Roll pops. Sophomore year saw Air Heads, and my junior year had Tootsie Rolls. I still don’t know what this year will bring. Any suggestions?)

Then came the nook formed by the back of my desk and my bed. I don’t have any pictures of my freshman room post-Fall Break, when I rearranged everything to be much more functional. Still, I liked this set up as well. I just didn’t get too much light on my desk, where I spent most of my waking hours while in my dorm room.

Finally, we come to end of my freshman dorm room. I brought my own bedside table, and I liked having it, but it took up some precious floor space. When I was a sophomore, I put the refrigerator on top of it, and that worked really well. (I got a clip-on side table since we bunked our beds sophomore year and I was on top.)

There was plenty of storage under the bed without risers, though I ended up using them for my bedside table. Notice the awesome green fan on my bedside table!

Focus on Schwitzer

Schwitzer Hall is the all-female, freshmen residence hall on Butler’s campus. I lived there with a roommate my first year at Butler. Last post, I compared Schwitzer to ResCo (where I lived as a sophomore). A bit more about Schwitzer:

  • Three floors (plus a basement), four units on each floor. The first floor, for example, was 1 West, 1 North West, 1 East, and 1 North East.
  • Laundry room in the basement.
  • Only a service elevator.
  • Communal bathrooms, one for each unit.
  • Mostly doubles, but singles and triples are available.
  • Mostly new students, but I remember a unit of sophomores in the basement.
  • Main lobby with mailboxes, front desk, piano, chairs, and restrooms.
  • Extremely sociable… at least my unit was!

Here are some of the activities I remember from my freshmen days with my Schwitzer unit, 1W (or “one dubb,” as we liked to say).

A canal-side show.

Attending a Hispanic festival with my RA.

Riding the fairground rides that were randomly set up on Butler's campus (I forget why).

Movie night in my freshman dorm room.

Decorating for Halloween. Faculty members bring their kids through the residence halls for trick-or-treating!

Voting for the first time in the presidential election with my RA as a witness.

If you are about to move in to Schwitzer, you are indeed set to have a fun first semester.

Dorm Rooms: Schwitzer vs. ResCo

This coming semester marks the beginning of my senior year, and my third year of blogging for Butler! In the past, I’ve given tours of my dorm rooms. However, we switched to a new server last year, and all my archived posts were lost. Since they now indeed seem to be Lost Forever, I’m going to rehash some old dorm rooms in hope of helping new students getting ready to go to college. Excuse me, old-time readers, if I repeat myself!

Most freshmen live in Schwitzer (all girls) or Ross (two floors of boys, one floor of girls). I lived in a double room on the first floor of Schwitzer. Schwitzer, while perhaps not as lively as Ross, has certainly been the loudest place I’ve lived. It comes from a bunch of new, excited girls living in one unit, sharing one bathroom, tromping down the hall with doors partially open in invitation.

The corner of my unit's hallway in Schwitzer. As you can see, there were frequent meetings.

The red dolly came from the front desk. Students at all residence halls can check out tons of things at the front desks: dollies for moving heavy objects (yes… that’s what we were doing in the hallway… uh-huh…), movies, games, and cleaning supplies like vacuums. At ResCo, you can check out a key for the piano in the basement; in Schwitzer, the piano sits in the main lobby.

A few freshmen live in ResCo, but it is mostly sophomores. ResCo is much, much quieter than Schwitzer, which is nice for studying but perhaps not so nice for meeting a lot of new friends. I credit the quietness of ResCo to the following items:

  • Sophomores generally have a group of friends already. They are not unwilling to meet new people — far from it! — but they are not knocking on doors introducing themselves like in Schwitzer.
  • ResCo rooms are suite-style. Two double rooms share a bathroom, so you brush your teeth with three other people rather than twenty.
  • ResCo doors are heavy, and they close automatically. When they close, they lock automatically. In my Schwitzer unit, girls left their doors half-way open, and if a door were closed, one only had to knock and hear the “come in!” to visit.
  • RAs (resident assistants) in Schwitzer are more hands-on. Units are smaller and focus on group activities. ResCo RAs, while they have programming and are always available, aren’t as large a part of residence life.
  • Schwitzer has no AC. ResCo does. Misery loves company.

Since I have not lived in Ross, I can’t tell you how that compares. Wherever you end up, however, you will find Bulldogs ready to make your transition to college an exciting one!

Shopping for College Freshmen

This is NOT a sponsered post or any of that malarky, but I must tell you that TJ Maxx is the bee’s knees for college shopping. My sister will enter college this year as a freshman, and my mom did with her what she did with me: took her to TJ Maxx.

Actually, this trip became a family affair when my littlest sister and I tagged along. We needed hairbrushes (Fashionable Sister) and birthday gifts (me). My Vegetarian Sister, however, found the following college essentials:

  • A backpack. Not Northface. (In fact, she picked the same one I have, but in a different color!)
  • Extra long twin bedsheets. Ombré blue cotton. Quite tasteful.
  • Stationary, for writing her fond older sister.
  • An over-door hook for hanging towels. Actually, I might recommend you wait until you see your rooms for this one. My freshmen dorm room in Schwitzer had two bars for towels already, and some hooks may not fit over all doors.

The towel bars in my freshmen room in Schwitzer Hall.

  • Rainboots. Butler’s sidewalks turn into rivers when it rains, and in college, you walk everywhere. You will want rainboots.

I can’t think of anything else she got, though we did look unsuccessfully for a hamper (not huge, collapsible). What are other items you really shouldn’t forget to pack for college? And check out these student reviews of Schwitzer Hall!

Also… do you say “backpack” or “bookbag” or some other permutation of that sack that holds stuff?

UT: Pictorial Tour IV

The final portion of my apartment in University Terrace is the heart of the home: the kitchen!

The kitchen, though quite small, is well stocked with oven, dishwasher, divided sink, and refrigerator. No microwave, so be ready to bring your own or heat up everything on the stovetop and forgo the microwave popcorn.

Bringing a wire rack like the one you see in the above picture? A very good idea. If you had four people in this apartment, I think the kitchen would be over-crowded, and a rack like this outside the kitchen would probably have to hold some pantry items.

Roommate who bakes delicious cake items not included.

Neither is the 6 Minute Moosewood cake with said roommate’s strawberry purée swirled on top into the shape of a heart. You can tell I made this instead of tasty-baking roommate because the batter is dripped all over the side of the pan and the glaze is haphazardly and unevening dumped on top.

The pictorial tour is now at an end. I hope you chose to fly with us again. If you want to review or catch up, here are the links to the rest of this tour through an apartment in University Terrace:

Living room and living room

Restroom

Bedroom

UT: Pictorial Tour III

Having shown you part of the living room, the restroom, and the bedroom, I continue my picture safari to show you the rest of the large living room. Hold on to your hats!

In one corner, you see our desks, which we painstakingly dragged out of the bedroom. I spend the majority of my waking hours in the apartment seated at my desk. Facing the windows, I have quite good light until the sun starts to set and I have to slant the blinds upward to retain my vision. Because we have a basement apartment, our windows give us a smashing view of the bumpers of the cars in the parking lot.

A veeery large window. You can see our coffee-table turned dining-table, complete with floor pillows on which to sit. And a random wire rack, which holds pillows and occasionally cakes. And my rack of pointe shoes. Moving on.

Facing the big window is our bookshelf, the largest furniture item to come into the apartment and, after the desks, the most-used. As you can see, the two of us have nearly filled two of the three shelves with books for BSI. Proud. Bookish. Happy to have a bookshelf.

We just need some bamboo shots and maybe one of those portable rock gardens. It is both dinner table and Zen corner, and you can see my copy of John Ackerman‘s study on Dylan Thomas next to a deflated chess board.

UT: Pictorial tour II

To continue my graphic representation of Butler’s University Terrace housing option, I give you the bedroom:

This is the view as if you were standing in the bedroom doorway. There were no light fixtures in the room, and generally the housing includes an overhead light in each room. So that’s a bit weird. Also, the slat that holds the mattress onto the bed is the same height as the mattress. We frequently smacked our knees into the wood for the first week until we remembered automatically to lift our legs a bit higher when clambering onto the bed.

To the right of the doorway are the two closets. They are fairly large. And they’re closets. Not much to report. I did hang the jewelry holder I knit on the wall.

Quite proud of this one

To the left of the closets are our beds. I thought it might be odd to go back to sharing a room after living a year in AV (Apartment Village), where I had my own bedroom, but an apartment makes all the difference. In ResCo and Swchitzer, there was only the bedroom and the bathroom, and I’d go stir crazy. In an apartment, there is also a living room and a kitchen, so I am not sleeping and eating and doing schoolwork all in the same place. Much better.

Finally, turn left again and see my bed and the two dressers. The desks, dressers, beds, and desk chairs all come with the apartment. There are no trashcans, so you will want to bring your own. Also, there is no type of table. Check in next time to see what my roommate who likes cookies and I have devised!

Determined to stay on topic

This post WILL be about my apartment’s living room and restroom areas. It will. I got rather off-topic last time talking about one of my favorite things–books. I should be fine this time as long as I don’t mention books, ballet, rabbits, knitting, or playing with Playdough. All favorites of mine. All highly distracting.

Here is the other side of my living room area in my residence place where I live on campus with three other junior girls in Butler’s Apartment Village. As I said last time, the living room area–unlike the bedrooms–comes completely unfurnished.  We had to provide all you see in the picture: sofa, coffee tables, decorative vase, decorative pillows, decorative roommate.

The living room area is carpeted, and one wall (the one you see the background of the above picture) is painted a dark sort of gray. It’s really pretty and would match pretty much anything. Nice touch, Butler. It’s nice not to be surrounded by white walls all the time. Very homey.

Also, the central window is HUGE. I managed to miss it in the above picture, but the photography documenting our Christmas decorations will do nicely.

My bedroom is just behind the grey wall, and one of my roommate’s is next to mine. Two other roommates are on the other side. For each set of bedrooms is one bathroom and one sink area. Thus we total five sinks (because there is one in the kitchen) in the apartment. That’s a 1:1.25 human to sink ratio! (Right? Oh dear. It will really embarrassing to have passed calculus-physics only to mess up that comparison.)

There are two sinks just outside each restroom, one for each resident. Will you believe it, this is first time I’ve ever had a sink to myself since I was three years old? The freedom to be as tidy or as messy as I want is intoxicating…

I stayed on topic! Hooray! Thus ends my protracted tour of my residence this year. If you’ve missed the beginning posts, I’ve listed them below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to lurk on Skype.

Supposed to be about my living room

I realize my picture posts of Butler’s junior/senior housing (four-bedroom apartments in the Apartment Village) have been somewhat spread out over the year. I posted a kitchen tour in September and my bedroom tour in November. Now, I’ll tie up some loose ends with the living room tour!

The kitchen area and living room are not separated by walls, but the carpet in the living room section gives the spaces some sense of division. Unlike the bedrooms, where the bed and desk and so on come with the rental of the apartment, the living room is completely and utterly unfurnished. It’s a good thing I have roommates with impeccable taste.

This photo has been sitting in my computer, gathering pixel-dust for ages, since by the end of the semester, the bookcase was completely stuffed. We keep cookbooks and some games on it, and the rest–I am afraid to admit–is all mine: textbooks, Norton Anthologies (I’m collecting them, apparently), library books, and books I somehow acquire.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you will know I love books. My bookshelf at home is currently completely full, and I’ve had to resort to using a box on the floor in front of the shelf. I have a system, however! All the books on my shelf, I have read. All the books in the box, I have yet to read. Clever, huh? Sort of.

Here is an awkward Photobooth picture of my bookshelf. You cannot see, because there is a seating object in the way, but I have another shelf below the lowest one in the picture. Oh dear.

Plus there are books in a stack on the floor which I must donate. Plus there are library books on my childhood toy chest. Plus more books which I read at night on my bedside table. This break, I haven’t read as much as was wont in years past, which seems to be this semester’s theme. Let’s see. This break I’ve read, in order of completion:

  • James Joyce, by John Gross: a book of essays on James Joyce
  • A War of Gifts, by Orson Scott Card: a novella in the Ender’s Game world that I purchased from the Butler bookstore on my birthday ages and ages ago
  • Something Borrowed, by Elizabeth Giffin: a Christmas present from my roommate (aka, the requisite chick lit)
  • Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman: radiant
  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card again: a reread of an old book for a friend
  • three-eighths of The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
  • three-fourths of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

And… I just now realized this post has deviated somewhat from its promised subject. Whoops! Look for more apartment pictures in the future, I suppose.

Dorm Room 3.2

My third dorm room at Butler, part two. Dorm Room 3.2. The tour continues.

In the corner next to the bed corner (confused? catch up) (you can just see the edge of my bedside table to the lower left in this picture) is the homework station. The chair, little rolling, two-drawer unit, and the desk all come with the room. I think this set of drawers is listed as a bedside table, but a lot of people put them under their desks. I have my printer on it and my clothes hamper behind it.

I feel incredibly studious this year, using a white board. I don’t normally do homework on it, but I write lists and things on it instead of using scraps of paper, which is what I did last year. This system works much better, unless I have Rubik’s Cube algorithms up there as I try to memorize them.

By the way. I can completely and totally solve the Rubik’s cube now. I am the champion.

To the right of the desk corner is an empty corner (hidden by the open closet door in the above picture) and the closet. The closets at the Village aren’t as large as Schwitzer or ResCo, but I still get everything in there. I got a wire rack to provide some shelves lower down, since I have to pull out my stool even to begin to reach the top shelf in the closet.

I found the best storage system: Bags go on a wire over-the-door hook thing on the outside of the closet door. Shoes go in the shoe organizers on the inside of the closet door. Tights and leotards go in the compartments of the hanging shoe organizer. This is a perfect system. I highly recommend all dancers replicate it. I save a lot of drawer space, and I can see all the leotards I have.

Thus ends this tour of my Apartment Village dorm room.