To live on campus means to co-exist in a tiny room with one other person: your roommate.
My friend Natalie began her freshman year at college in 2009. She met her roommate, Rebecca, through orientation. The night of orientation, all of the incoming freshmen got the chance to spend the night in the dorms to get a feel for college life. That night, Rebecca and Natalie hit it off and found out they had a lot in common. They were both from out of state, and they were both teaching majors who wanted to go on to teach elementary school.
The next morning Natalie and Rebecca said their goodbyes with anticipation for the upcoming school year. The two made sure to exchange numbers and immediately began texting one another.
A few weeks later, the two met up again, but this time in their official dorm room. They spent all afternoon decorating the walls with zebra-print everything.
Everything seemed to be going well until they actually started living together. The first morning after moving in, Natalie woke up to Rebecca in her birthday suit.
“Morning, roomie,” Rebecca said. “Wanna get something to eat?”
After a brief moment of silence, Natalie responded.
“Yeah, let me just get dressed,” she said as she got out of bed.
Natalie tried not to flinch while Rebecca seemed to be touching everything in their room. Rebecca was about 5’5”. She had long blond hair, brown eyes and didn’t like wearing clothes to bed; and, unfortunately for Natalie, Rebecca didn’t see the rush in getting dressed first thing when she woke up.
Sooner rather than later, Rebecca felt absolutely comfortable being completely naked in the tiny dorm room they shared together. Every morning, Natalie would wake up to Rebecca getting her school things together in the nude before getting dressed and heading out.
Because of the extreme openness of her roommate, Natalie avoided having guests spend the night. Every once in a while, Rebecca would go home for the weekend and Natalie would take full advantage of the space to herself.
One Saturday night while Rebecca was away, Natalie invited a few friends to sleep over. At 1 a.m., Natalie and her friends walked into the dorm to find Rebecca fast asleep on top of the covers.
After the initial shock, the ladies left and decided to stay in another dorm that night.
Natalie, being the sweetie that she is, didn’t have the heart to say anything. She began to spend as little time as possible in the room they shared together.