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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?

Valentine’s mail

The front desks of all the residence halls (be it Schwitzer, Ross, ResCo, University Terrace, or the Apartment Village) have rows of mailboxes. In Schwitzer, I memorized a combination and turned a little dial to open my mailbox, which I shared with another random person. In ResCo, I had a special mailbox key. This year in the Apartment Village, my door key serves as my mailbox key as well. Because every person in an apartment has a key that will open the front door (obviously) (though the bedroom doors are only opened with one’s own key), the mailboxes are shared among an apartment.

This is the reason my roommate knew to tell me I had a package slip waiting in our mailbox. “Thank you!” I told her and went to pick up my package.

It was a Valentine’s Day package from my family, filled with wondrous things inside. (I actually opened it straightaway, instead of waiting like I usually do for the actual day to arrive. What has gotten into me?) (Thank you so much; I love the cupcake mix idea!) I quickly finished addressing my pile of Valentines and mailed them.

Valentine’s mail. Gotta love it.

Rooms near and far

Butler Ballet's The NutcrackerI’m home sweet home, and it’s definitely a weird feeling, since I haven’t been in Virginia or seen my family since August. Also, people cook food for me. Bizarre. I have much more time now to blog, so I thought I’d tackle some less-timely topics before Nutcracker madness decends.

Oh yes. Opening night for The Nutcracker is Thursday, Dec 2 at Clowes Memorial Hall right on the campus. You can’t pass up family holiday tradition, now, can you?

On to the post: My dorm room in the Apartment Village. Butler students are required to live on campus their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Freshman year I lived in Schwitzer, sophomore year saw me in ResCo, and now I am in the Apartment Village. I really enjoy the Village. We are going to live in the same apartment next year, I believe.

I’ve given you a virtual tour of the kitchen, so here is my bedroom. The room is small, but it is a single, and much as I’ve loved my previous roommates, I definitely enjoy having my own room again.

Here is the entrance to my dorm room. The door leads into the hallway that opens into the living room and kitchen areas. At the end of my bed is the three-drawer unit that comes with the room–it just manages to fit in the space between the end of my bed and the wall by the door! I have a wire rack to hold my pointe shoes, bike seat, balls of yarn, and other things (it’s currently much messier than it was when I took the picture). This is also the home of all my jewelry and some of my clothes.

The bed you see comes with the room, and you can adjust the height of the frame. I have mine middling low, and I still have loads of room for storage.

The bed frame and mattress come with the apartment, but the bedside table is my own, as is the lamp. I stuck an over-the-door hook that wouldn’t fit over the door on the end of the bed and was hanging bags there for a while, but now I’m not sure where it’s gone. Maybe it fell under the bed. Hmmm, a mystery.

My bed is right next to the window, which means it can get a little chilly at night. Each apartment has climate control, so that is easily remedied. In Schwitzer, one gets no say in the temperature. In ResCo, there’s one controller for every three rooms or something like that. (Last year, the thermostat was in our room. Bahaha…) Now each apartment has control over the heating and cooling.

Also, the Village has blinds in every window that look quite nice. The Village was built recently, so everything is still in great condition.

To be continued…