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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!

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?

Fulfilling the promise

Fulfilling the promise I made in my last post

Moving adventures: So I haven’t checked out of my Apartment Village apartment yet. I have until May 31, and I’m taking my sweet time about cleaning everything up before check out. Meanwhile, I’ve finished moving in University Terrace, minus the cleaning things still in AV.

This means my Butler ID remains keyed for AV. This means I could not open the door to UT on Sunday afternoon when I checked in. This means when I tried to move in Monday morning with a carload full of bookshelves and clothes, the door still refused to open.

So my boyfriend and I (he was helping me move in since I don’t have a car) went to Jimmy John’s in Broad Ripple for lunch. We ended up getting a free soda, because whenever we go out to eat, people give us food. It’s our special talent.

When we returned from lunch, still with a car full of stuff and stuff and stuff, there was nary a soul in sight. Door locked. Despair. We walked a lap around the building. As we prepared to leave, I spied a maintenance worker–who let us into the building.

So I was able to read the number of the UT staff on duty posted inside the lobby. So I called for aid. Apparently my ID, keyed to open AV, won’t work in UT until I’m checked out. So I got a special little gray object to put on my key ring so I can open the UT door. So, after much tribulation, I moved in. (And I kept moving in with my roommate all Tuesday morning as well.)

BSI dinner: Monday evening marked the first official BSI meeting. All participants met for a dinner of Qdoba in the Holcomb Garden‘s Garden House. We did the name thing–over and over. To tell the truth, I’m glad we are spending so much energy learning each other’s names, since I have a very poor memory when it comes to matching names and faces.

Holcomb Gardens: Click for source

Running barefoot through a storm adventures: Halfway through the BSI dinner, the storm began. I had no idea Indiana was so stormy in the summer. Apparently it’s a Midwest thing. Silly Midwest.

Getting back to UT in the rain without getting wet? Impossible. Getting back to UT without completely wrecking my new shoes? Possible. We had to cut through Holcomb Gardens–no pathways. All grass. All rain. All mud.

I took my shoes off and leapt with a yodel over a bed of mulch. I squished my way through the Garden… and sunk in the mire of mud next to the road. Dark gunk spurted up between my toes. I wavered, then decided I might as well enjoy the freedom. “Mud!” I squished my way back home.

Taking my shoes off in the rain made me feel quite rebellious. I suppose that’s my cue to recognize the lack of daring in my life. Well, we arrive places piecemeal. Words of wisdom for the week.

Moving Day(s)

For the past two days, I have been moving. Moving clothes and school things. Moving books and pots and pans. Moving a heavy bookcase.

BSI has officially started! And yes, I’m still not completely finished moving. My Apartment Village lease is still good, so I’m just transporting things piecemeal into our University Terrace apartment that is the provided (aka, free!) housing for Butler Summer Institute participants.

University Terrace

Also, I relearned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

I am definitely looking forward to this summer–and yesterday it was wonderful to be reunited with my roommate who bakes cupcakes. You know, the troublesome one. She was in France last semester, and I get to room with her in UT and hear all about her international escapades.

I’ll post pictures and write more about the moving adventures, BSI dinner, running barefoot through a storm adventures, not driving in a car adventures, and pen-returning adventures later. I have some glass baking pans to move.

Tips for College Living, #3

It has rained pretty much every day this April. Okay, maybe not every day. But if you look at the month calendar, you might notice that the longest stretch without any measure of precipitation is three days. That’s pretty rainy.

Steph wrote a great post last week about the six necessities of a college student. I would like to add one more item to the list. When it rains, I like to wear my rain jacket because I don’t have to juggle an umbrella. (And we all know how good my juggling skills are.) But umbrella, rain jacket… all good items, all items you know you’ll need.

This is common-sense stuff. What you, prospective student, might not know is that Butler’s sidewalks frequently morph into small creeks when it rains. You also might underestimate the increase in walking from place to place outside each day. Even in tennis shoes, my feet tend to get wet. Call this another episode of Tips for College Living: Own rain boots.

Sometimes it pours while I move all my stuff from my freshman dorm room to the ResCo basement, where I stored some items over the summer break. Then it clears up for the long drive home. Sometimes the weather is nice and holds off while I pack up everything to leave. Then, as we drive back to Virginia, enter the deluge.

Which situation is better? And should I really try to ride my bike in the rain if my brakes get slippery when wet? Will you remember to bring rain boots to college? Most importantly, should I take up juggling practice again?