Roses are red. Violets are blue. Rosenberry house is the place for you!
On this huge campus, we have our own small communities that make us feel like we belong. Smaller communities allow a deeper understanding of one another and also stronger connections between members of that community. It is not every day that someone tells you about how their small communities (especially their dorm floor) makes life a lot easier for them when they are about 8,899 miles away from home –– very far, right? Well, I am hardly homesick. I am at home, on Chadbourne Hall’s sixth floor, and I am going to tell you why. To make this simple, I will break it down into three reasons.
- I am never alone
I know, it sounds creepy that I am never alone, but I absolutely love it. My classes do not start until 11:00 a.m., and I always have people who brighten up my day when I wake up at 9:45 a.m. (Yes, I am one of the blessed ones who sleep for 8 hours every day). People on the sixth floor always greet me with a smile. The greeting does not end with my “How are you,” but it is mostly followed by a warm “I am good, how are you?” This I find to be unique to my floor, since I have greeted people around campus before and felt like the concern was not mutual at all –– which does not bother me much. I have engaged in meaningful conversations with so many people before and after class. I have shared so many views from my culture and also gained some knowledge of the American culture in very respectful conversations. If ever you find yourself on the sixth floor and there is no one in the lounge, YOU ARE ON THE WRONG FLOOR. The lounge always has someone to welcome you when you come from the elevator and also help you with heavy stuff if you are carrying any. Imagine how happy I am every time I wake up and meet people in the bathroom or when I come back from very long lectures and someone greets me with a high-pitched voice and a legit smile on their face. I am never alone.
- Any time is movie time.
College can be very hectic, and remembering that you also need a life outside of it can be hard, but certainly not on the sixth floor (A.K.A. “Rosenberry House”). Be It Alice in Wonderland, Mean Girls, or Rick and Morty, Rosenberry House residents know how to spice up their lives outside of school. I have never watched a full movie, because I have a very tight schedule. Yet, I always feel bad when I miss one. I know the people would have come not only for the movie but to be with each other and have fun together. I know I sound like I am trying to market my floor or something, but if I am seeing all these positive spirited people every time I am in my house, why not let the world know about them?
- Caring is not forced; It is from the heart.
I know house fellows make it a duty to look after other students and help them find their way around campus, but Stevie, Chadbourne’s sixth floor’s house fellow, is an angel. You can tell by the way she goes out of her way to make sure that everyone on the floor lives peacefully that her care is not out of her duty as a house fellow, but it is from the heart. She is that one person whom you can wake up in the middle of the night for a shoulder to cry on. She is a house fellow who was with me and my best friend Cheryl in hospital from 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. telling me I was going to be fine that whole time. There are so many people like Stevie on the sixth floor: people who will go an extra mile to help someone in need: people who will invite you to eat with them and share a piece of their culture when they are making food from home in the kitchen; people who will help you look for your lost key; people who will wait for you to get dressed, so that you walk with them to Culvers at night even when they are hungry; people who make you feel at home; people who are behind most of my smiles on campus.
If ever you get sad, lonely, bored, or ever need some real care – you are welcome on the sixth floor. Remember, if there is no one in the lounge when you exit the elevator, YOU ARE ON THE WRONG FLOOR! I hope you got a sense of my small community and how it makes me feel every day- at home!
‘Till next time,