Friday, August 27, 2010

friday five: dorm edition

At RevGals Martha writes: Mindful that many others are heading off to further schooling or delivering their loved ones to the institutions that provide it, here are five questions about dorm life.

1) What was the hardest thing to leave behind when you went away to school for the first time?
My friends, and my dog. (Mom, take no offense--of course I missed you!)

2) We live in the era of helicopter parents. How much fuss did your parents make when you first left home?
My parents have never been the clingy sort. They encouraged my brothers and me to explore a variety of experiences and try new things. Going off to college fell into that category. I was 700 miles away and in another time zone, and though I missed home I wasn't homesick. They sent me into adulthood equipped with good judgment and a set of values that wouldn't get me in trouble. I had never thought about it before consciously, but I really benefited from a sound upbringing.Thanks Mom! (and Dad!).

3) Share a favorite memory of living with schoolmates, whether in a dorm or other shared housing.
There's a lot of dust on college memories so I will have to think about this one.

4) What absolute necessity of college life in your day would seem hilariously out-of-date now?
A typewriter.

5) What innovation of today do you wish had been part of your life in college?
The computer and Internet.

Bonus question for those whose college days feel like a long time ago: Share a rule or regulation that will seem funny now. Did you really follow it then?
I went to what would be considered a "progressive" school. We didn't have curfews, and I lived not only in a coed dorm but on a coed floor (this was in the 70's). Drinking, of course, was off-limits, and yes, I broke that rule. But I have never been a big drinker or a party girl, so my disregard of that rule was minimal.


Mompriest said...

although I went to college in the 70's we did not have co-ed dorms until we were Juniors and Seniors...or so I recall....but my school was not exactly progressive, it was sadly known as the "party" school of the state...but that's not why I went there.

Martha Hoverson said...

Seriously, weren't those typewriters a misery?

revhipchick said...

i went to college in the 90's and we co-ed dorms but our floors were seperated.

revkjarla said...

pretty progressive for the 70's!
fun play!

The Bug said...

I went to a small Baptist school in western NC - there was nothing co-ed about the place! We'd have open dorm once or twice a semester - we had to leave the door open & at least one foot on the floor...

Jan said...

Yes, those typewriters! I used mine so often, being an English major.

SingingOwl said...

Nothing co ed about my college days either...oh...except I was married and lived with my spouse and two little kiddos.

Jayne said...

I didn't have a typewriter even! And I was an RA in the dorm who had to enforce the visitation rules as we DID have "Open House" nights which allowed for male visitors and ended promptly at 9pm! Oh my... the scandal of being caught in the dorm otherwise!


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