Where am I: Minnesota or Taiwan?
Is my Taiwanese apartment in Lawrence Hall?
This post is going to be confusing for those who do not know me personally from my college years, but I will try to explain the best I can.
When I was going to university back in the United States I was a Community Advisor (CA) in a dormitory called Lawrence Hall for two years. A CA is the equivalent of a Residential Assistant, or someone that helps the residents of a dormitory and also plans events in the dormitory (that is my VERY shortened version of what is actually all involved in the job). I lived in that hall for 2 years and it was great! It was an international dorm and I met people from all around the world, ate great food, and had a blast staying up late at night with my new friends. Since I was a CA I had the perk of having my own room. Now it is two years later and I have a studio efficiency apartment in Fengyuan, Taiwan. What you think would be a grown-up apartment sometimes seems more like a really nice dorm room. It often reminds me a lot of living in Lawrence Hall. So, I thought it would be funny, and honestly kind of dorky, to create a list of the reasons why I feel like I am living in Lawrence Hall and not my Taiwanese apartment.
- Two beds
- No roommate
- Came fully furnished
- With cable and internet
- I have my own air conditioner
- I have my own sink
- No kitchen in my room
- Laundry is communal
- So is the trash
- Hair is ALWAYS in the bathroom (Lawrence Hall females know the struggle)
- Sometimes there is water on the entire bathroom floor (I just don’t wear socks in my apartment ever)
- I can hear EVERYTHING that happens in the hallway and the stairs
- If I get locked out I have to call my landlord (KEY-IN PLEASEEE)
- There is a place to park my bike
- An elevator (I know…wow haha)
- Communal drinking fountain
- My room has a mini fridge (like most college students)
- My neighbors and I share a mailbox (just like you do with a roommate)
- There is a phone here for someone to call me (at least they are not calling for a key-in haha)
- There is craft and school supplies everywhereeeeee (Teacher life and CA life sometimes feels the same)
- School books are the norm (only this time it is my teacher’s guides)
- I have to make posters and decorate
- No pets allowed
- Naps are a regular thing here
- I have to go out of my apartment to find food. The venture is not always welcome.
- Maintenance requests: just as annoying and troublesome
- Creative organization is still essential