Just a few minutes ago, I finished moving into the room where I’ll be spending the next nine months of my existence. It’s a single in the Community Service House, one of the several program houses at Wesleyan. In the interest of brevity, here’s a pros and cons list of my new living situation.
- No roommate (no sexiling; I can go to sleep whenever I want; morning meditation without risk of disturbing his sleep)
- Great location (I’m across the street from the dorm I lived in last semester– 500 feet closer to central campus!)
- Great mission (The Community Service House creates service projects each month at the nearby food pantry, soup kitchen, and homeless shelter)
- My room is right by the front door of the house, meaning that I’ll know when everyone gets back home during those late weekend nights
- I might get somewhat lonely without a roommate
- I’m no longer able to loft my bed– the frame is quite low to the ground– which eliminates the possibility of extra storage space
Now, here are some pictures!
My room is just to the left of the door
Notice the lovely double doors for when I host impromptu group workouts!
And here are the rest!
Excuse the mess!
There are also two important parts of my room I want to point out:
These two sheets of paper hang directly above my bed, as they have for the past six months I’ve been on campus. They’re the first thing I see when I wake up. The top, of course, was Benjamin Franklin’s ‘morning question’, which would set the tone for how he lived each day. The bottom reminds me that while I may not be the wealthiest, nor the most intelligent, student at Wesleyan, I can make up for anything and everything I lack with my hard work.
Helping to motivate me is my corkboard of quotes:
One of the most inspiring is a line from Invictus by William Ernest Henley:
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul