Confessions of a Dorm Changer at Indiana University

Congrats! You now know who your room mate is, and where you are living in August. You’ve got your color scheme (if you’re a girl), and you know who’s bringing the xbox (guys). So what now?

My freshman year, I lived in two dorms, Forest and Ashton. I spent first semester on an Honors Floor in Forest, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in college. I lived with a roommate (which was a huge deal for someone who has never shared a room with anyone for more than a week long trip), and we had a blast decorating our room. BOOM! Sweet room right?

A bunk-bed in a dorm

Also, super cool, I found some of my best friends on this floor. We’ve made nachos at 2 am, explored campus at night, gone to football games, had trash bag races, and a bunch of other adventures. I still hang out with these two crazy guys!  I made friends through the welcome week activities, and by just keeping my door open (which I highly suggest, you meet people just by them walking down the hall!).

Two guys being goofs
I love these guys to death!

The other cool part about my floor was that it was an honors community. Honors is not a synonym for nerd at IU, so the floor was just all people who cared about doing well in school. There was a nice respect for study time, and everyone helped each other out with homework.

So the title says I’m a serial dorm changer… a couple weeks into second semester, I ended up moving into Ashton, which is a dorm in the central neighborhood. Ashton has entirely singles, so no room mates. That was a completely different experience, it was an all girl floor and very quiet. Ashton was nice since I had already made friends, however, I really appreciated the experience I had with a room mate and very social floor.  The way to make friends is to sit in the lounge or say hi to people as you pass their room. Also, GET INVOLVED IN WELCOME WEEK! Those activites are planned for a reason, and the people there are there to make friends.

Second half of this post…  

My sophomore year, I moved into Willkie. I spent the entire year on the same floor, but not in the same room. I moved into a new room at the semester break because it was bigger than the current one.

If you’re already looking into where you want to live next year, might I suggest Willkie. It’s on campus, but suite style which means you have your own room, and share a full bathroom with someone else. Willkie is an apartment feel without moving off campus or paying for a kitchen.

Things to love about Willkie:

  1. You don’t need a car.
  2. There is a C Store and MMM in the building (MMM’s are movie rental places)
  3. The bus stops right in front of Willkie
  4. You don’t have to wear shower shoes
  5. You have your own room
  6. It’s quiet

Good luck with move in! And enjoy welcome week!

Devyn Manschot

Arts Management, 2013, Chicago IL

I'm Devyn Manschot, Arts Management Class of 2013 (graduating early! yipee!). Originally from the Chicago area, I've been involved all over campus, from the Hutton Honors college to the Ballroom Dance Club. I love to dance and have a strange affinity for accounting.