By Angelice Romero |Staff Writer|
I feel that the most important part of transitioning as an exchange student is decorating your dorm.
Living in the dorms for the first time, I’ve noticed that these rooms are so bare. I felt like the four white walls were talking to me.
For my first week, I had absolutely nothing in my room; it was so painfully bare that I felt like it wasn’t really mine.
At first I started simple, putting color hooks on my walls, hanging stuff on it and then gradually adding posters and knick-knacks.
I had a conversation with my roommates about decorating our rooms and making it feel more like home and we came to a conclusion that these walls were just too bare.
Since my roommates were living together for about 6 months before I got here, they decorated the kitchen and common area to their liking.
It definitely gave it a colorful, girly feel, which made the transitioning easier for me.
When making a space your own, you have to remember to just have fun with it. The vibrant posters my roommates made explained their personality along with giving color to the space.
As the weeks pass, I’m getting more into decorating my room to fit my personality and the great experiences I’ve come across.
I’ve put up two posters so far: a poster that says, “Everything happens for a reason” and a poster of a disco ball with bass headphones, listening to music.
I also have extravagant bed sheets, I’m working on getting pictures of past events with friends and family to do a collage of great memories and one of my sorority sisters is sending me our Greek letters so I can have a little piece of home.
It is all about giving it a true “home away from home” touch.
When your personal space reflects you, life on exchange will be an easier transition.