“A good roommate is like a good pair of jeans. You hold on to them.” -Lauren Conrad
Greetings, blogosphere! Hope you enjoyed the deep epigraph from none other than LC of The Hills. What do you do when it’s the summer after your freshman year, you’re bored, not cool enough to have a glamorous job, fed up with hanging out with your mom and dad, briefed on every poorly written ABC Family sitcom out there, and unfortunately just can’t go back to Hopkins just yet? Easy! Bring Hopkins to your doorstep! That’s precisely what I did this past weekend—I was lucky enough to have my roommate Kimber from New Orleans fly down to Dallas to come visit me and another friend from Hopkins who also lives in the Dallas area. We met up with yet another Hopkins student (and fellow Royce resident), basically adding up to one big happy Hopkins hoedown in Texas (OK, not quite. I honestly speaking don’t even know what a hoedown is, but it sounded so quintessentially Texan I couldn’t resist).
Chloe and Kimber
Don't mess with Texas
Mini Hopkins reunion in Dallas, Texas
It was SO MUCH FUN getting to hang with my roommate and other Hopkins friends and reminisce on old times (err, “old times” were only two months ago but it feels like a lot longer). I took her to some of my favorite places in Dallas—predominantly shopping and eating—that’s pretty much all we have to offer here in good ol’ Tex—but we still had a blast. She had the opportunity to meet some of my friends from home, which was neat. When someone visits you at home, I feel like they get a better sense of who you are as a person. Kimber and I have grown close after having spent a whole school year in the same room, but her visiting me at home was a much more personal experience. In a dorm setting, it’s all about starting from scratch and creating an environment that feels like home, but it never quite comes close to the actual thing. We were also able to catch up on every aspect of our lives, even if it didn’t have any relevance to Hopkins. Plus, we weren’t busy with the daily distractions that college often presents (hence the multiple shopping sprees). Having Kimber here in Dallas to hang out with Chloe and I created a little preview for what the coming month will be like back at the Hop. It also made me realize how much I appreciate the friends I’ve made at college this past year! It was kind of different socializing with my college and high school friends together, but it taught me a lot about how I’ve grown as a person over the last year. As Chloe remarked, it really does feel like I have known my college friends for much longer than a year—literally living alongside someone, going through the ups and downs of your first year on your own in college, embarking on a completely new journey and entering an entirely new chapter in your life side by side. My best estimate is that 60% of my blogs mention Kimber. We’re kind of a package deal (“Kimbecca”), especially if you consider that I will be rooming with her again next year in Charles Commons. Basically, in order to understand me as a person, it is imperative that you know a little bit about my roommate. So here goes!
1) Her real name is Kimberly but call her Kimber (as the man at an Austin, Texas bakery so cleverly stated, it rhymes with Timber).
2) She is from New Orleans, Louisiana.
3) She easily gets the prize for most devoted Hopkins Saints fan. Geaux Saints!
4) Like me, she attended an all-girls school, but in New Orleans.
5) One of her favorite clothing stores is J. CREW…when she receives her J. CREW catalogue in the mail, it might as well be Christmas Day.
6) Kimber is SUCH a fashionista!
7) So this seems like a complete contradiction to the last statement, haha, but she is a Mechanical Engineering major.
8) She was born in Dallas, Texas. Yeeeeeehawwwwww!
9) She recently got back from a trip to Honduras, where she SCUBA dived! Her pictures taken from her underwater camera are amazing.
10) She was an artistic genius at the age of 3. Just kidding. She did paint amazing scribbles with a gigantic tin of red paint though. (Photographic proof at her house in NOLA).
11) She likes Andrew Bird, The Beatles, Matt and Kim, etc. but has recently taken a liking to the Rap and Country music genres. If there was one word that could sum up her music tastes, that word would be “fratmusic.com”…LOL.
12) She’s a fan of Banksy, the anonymous graffiti artist.
13) She has two brothers, two dogs, cats, a miniature horse, and two pet chickens. Naturally.
14) She likes candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, etc. etc.
15) She and I will be Orientation Ambassadors in a few weeks! Look out for us when you’re moving in, Class of 2014!
For all of you Class of 2014 readers, I know you are close to (or probably have already received) your rooming assignments—it ultimately doesn’t matter whether you’re friends with your roommate or not, as long as you create a favorable rooming situation for yourself (respect for each other’s space and belongings is key to not having a roomhate). In either case, I can assure you that you will learn a lot about your roommate over the course of your first year! Thanks for reading! -BK