No Pictures, Just Memories
I know that it has probably been pretty boring to stare at my blogs full of words with little illustration. I don't really know what's going on with my camera though. At times it works, but at times it takes pictures that are too large to transfer over into this forum...and I have no idea what or if I did anything different. Call me technology-illiterate. Anyway, I don't how much of this you have gotten from my counterparts who have decided to pour out their experiences to you though TWC in this lovely BLOG WORLD, but I decided to give a little of my experience that has been somewhat negative. Pretty much everything has a negative twist to it in some fashion. I don't remember being a part of anything that didn't have some element of negativity. Even when I was a kid and went to Disney World, the HAPPIEST place on earth, it rained on and off all day...see, negative! Anyway, the most negative experience I have had here thusfar has been concerning my roommates. I have never had roommate woes in the past while in college, but I think this experience is a little different because you are coming into contact with people from all over the world and all different cultures who obviously have different ways they go about living their lives that you may or may not be used to. My roommates are from South Korea, Mexico, and Kentucky, and then I'm from Colorado. The great thing about me, though, is I have been all over the world with my dad in the military. I'm not at all trying to brag or make you feel jealous (although maybe you should be :)) but it is easier for me to deal with things because I have been emersed in that culture. I say this because it was easier for me to adapt to my South Korean roommmate especially because I spent 2 years in Seoul, South Korea so I have had a little peek into her culture and understand the food they eat and everything like that which is quite different from what we eat in America. Anyway, get on with the problem already!!
Ok. Well there are two bedrooms in our apartment, one a master bedroom and the other the secondary bedroom. We'll call the occupants of the master bedroom Roommate A and Roommate B and the occupants of the other bedroom Roommate C and D (I'll not tell which one I am or where the others are from to identify them). Roommate A loves to have company over all the time. No matter what time of day or night it is. If she's up, she's with people! Not at all a problem for me, until it gets to like 3 am on the weekends when she's bringing home loud friends from the club during which I will kindly step out and ask them to keep it down a little, which they normally do a good job at. So no big deal for me. On weeknights though, she will have guests over until around 1 am, which is ok with me for the most part. I can sleep with a little bit of noise and it's no problem. However, Roommate B cannot. But she has let her aggravation build up to the boiling point without ever voicing her concerns for the late night guests. It all came to head last night when an RA was called around midnight and A's guests had to leave. Boy, can you say the tension is thick in my apartment? I wasn't even in my apartment at the time, I had walked in just as the RA was kicking everybody out so I had no idea what was going on.
Obviously I am not Roommate B. As I stated before, her guests can get a little loud and annoying, but for the most part, I am ok with them as long as they don't leave the place trashed. I like for everybody to have a good time and hanging out all night is how they have a good time, then hey I'm am cool with that! The situation really isn't as bad as it may seem, but I feel that it is important to highlight the lows of participating in the program. I wouldn't want one of you to get out here and then wonder "Gosh, this is horrible, why wasn't this mentioned?!" so I decided to lay out a little negativity. Let me just say, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. If I was told prior to my coming here that I would be placed in a situation like this, I would have still told them BRING IT ON!! Our time here is entirely too short and too valuable to let this mess up my ebb and flow. My suggestion would be, if you ever find yourself in a situation like this, it is best to have laid out the rules and guidelines before it gets this far, but if not, voice how you feel. After all, it's your experience too...so live it up!