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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

the real world

I had 22 roommates in my college career. 22 different girls over the course of 5 years.

Does that seem like a lot to you?

Out all of all those girls, only 2 were certifiably insane. 4 were Asian. 1 was schizophrenic (NOT one of the insane girls, mind you).

Thinking back on all my experiences with roommates, it's a wonder I survived. I was very fortunate to have some amazing girls as roommates at various points in my college career, but that doesn't erase all the crazies.

One time, my 2 crazy roommates (sisters, naturally) booby-trapped their rooms to try to catch me stealing insulin during Spring Break. What really happened was that no one stole anyone's insulin and it was the Maintenance crew that entered their rooms (while I was ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN MAINE) to spray for bugs. But reality didn't stop them from calling campus police to report me for a theft that didn't happen.

Another time, my sweet little schizophrenic roommate ate all but 6 of the cupcakes I'd baked for a pot-luck. She said she didn't know what came over her; she just kept walking into the kitchen and shoving cupcakes into her mouth.

There were also countless instances when one of my Asian roommates would go out of town but leave her alarm set in her locked room so that it would wake me up every morning in her absence. It didn't take long for me to resort to flipping the breaker to our side of the apartment to turn that sucker off.

On the other end of the spectrum, there were late nights spent eating Teddy Grahams while watching TLC's "Trading Spaces." There was a Christmas tree that glittered like a disco ball. There were quotes taped up on note cards around the entire perimeter of the apartment. There were trips to Vegas. Clothes were shared. Walks were taken. Friendships evolved. There were also lots of boys. Kev was the last one, I promise!

Oh, college. You were fun.


  1. I, on the other hand, only had 4 roommates during my college days (I guess I could say 5 since Mike and I lived together for 2 of those years).
    The first year with 3 roommates was awesome, I loved my roommates.
    The second year was a different story - we did not get along and I pretty much just went to my apartment to sleep and shower.
    Oddly enough, 2 out of the 3 girls I lived with my second year were my same roommates from the first year. I'll never figure out what happened between us to make us hate each other so.

  2. I think I had 17 roommates in 5 years. Some of them were for only one semester and some of them were never around so it's hard to remember for sure. I only had real friendships with 3 of them, one of whom is still my best friend. One of them got pregnant and moved home after 1 semester. One of them (an asian girl) moved in and I think I only saw her once. We ended up telling an RA that we were worried about her. Her dad came and got her and moved her back home. One was a spoiled rich girl who was used to a maid and left her underwear on the bathroom floor. Ah, the memories. =)

  3. Did your roommates know that insulin is not fun for people who don't need it? It's not like you get high or anything. You just basically... die. Why in the world would you want to take theirs?

    I think I only had 12 roommates. I hated only a few of them, and only one was addicted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My senior year I ended up living with just one roommate because two others didn't show up. We'd lived together for several years before that. We shared clothes and food and chores and it was pretty awesome most of the time. She's still one of my closest friends.

  4. Hahaha Liv! I am totally laughing my butt off right now at this! As your co-RA and neighbor across the hall, I TOTALLY remember those sisters!! They were freaking nuts!! Like really.... so strange. And insulin? Why. Name one time anyone has ever gotten high off it or even had a good ol time doing whatever you would do with insulin.

  5. That is crazy! I can't even believe how many roommates you've had. What a great learn experience.

  6. Sounds to me like you are pretty judgemental. I stumbled across your blog and all I can say is before you go judging other people, perhaps you should judge yourself. I would be mortified to have my child read some of the posts that you have written about yours!


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