Sandy has arrived with the nickname “Frankenstorm”. Three years ago campus was hit with Snowmageden, now we are being hit with a huge hurricane that has hit almost every piece of the east coast. I don’t think anyone realized how huge this storm really was until it hit land and ran into the winter storm coming from the north. Classes for today were cancelled last night. Yay! This resulted in movie marathons and fun apartment and floor bonding all over campus. Everyone found a fun way to entertain themselves as Sandy approached. Campus is very cold. I refuse to go outside. The wind sounds more like train whistles hitting the windows and the rain is coming down in a constant stream.
It was fun to hear all the people running between buildings in North Village today. I personally think they are crazy for going outside in this weather, but they seemed to enjoy themselves. There were a few people who were doing what they called, “Hurricane Runs”. They had crazy outfits on and just ran between the buildings in North Village. It was very entertaining to watch from my warm, dry apartment. There were even a few brave people playing catch in the quad with all the wind and rain. My apartment treated it like a snow day. We watched movies and played old-school video games all day. It was a fun relaxing day. They have already called off school for tomorrow as well so I’ll use tomorrow to be productive and get lots of homework finished and many papers written.
Our dining services and grounds keepers have been staying on campus throughout the storm to make sure everything on campus runs smoothly throughout the storm. Glar was open today for those students that don’t have kitchens. I’m glad I have a kitchen and did not need to go out to eat. We have been receiving e-mails from McDaniel Alert, Campus Safety, and Residence Life keeping us up to date on the storm and precautions the school is taking. I feel extremely safe here during a storm like this. It is really great that I have an awesome apartment too. We are all keeping each other entertained and trying to keep our minds off the storm as much as possible. So far we haven’t lost power and I’m hoping it stays that way. Fingers crossed!
Instead of freaking out about this storm, my apartment kept calm and prepared as best we could. Since we live with an RA we didn’t have to worry about having enough toilet paper or trash bags which was nice. We made sure to stock our pantry and refrigerator. We have flashlights and lanterns at the ready just in case the power goes out. We are prepared for anything. The Weather Channel is on almost constantly in the living room with updates running across the screen very frequently. I made sure that anything I needed to do around campus before next Wednesday was finished today.
As much as I am not looking forward to the large storm headed towards us, I don’t think Westminster will be hit too badly. The way the storm is headed now, it looks like it will barely hit our campus. Hopefully everything goes well this weekend with the storm fast approaching. I even made sure to cook a decent amount of food tonight just in case I am unable to cook in the next few days. Tonight, we are having a few friends over for dinner so that we see just a few more people other than our apartment before we all get isolated in our apartments. Usually I get scared during storms and freak out, hopefully because of the preparations I’ve made, that won’t happen.
As of right now, the storm is supposed to hit Sunday night in Maryland. No school Monday? That would be wonderful. At least this storm is a good excuse to sit down and catch up on some things and get a little ahead in school work. It’ll make the next few weeks a lot easier if I can just take a few hours stuck in my apartment to work on stuff for school that I have been avoiding because the due date is still a few weeks away. Our fingers are crossed that this storm is not “the storm of the century” that every news station is telling us to expect.
One of the many privileges of being an upperclassman is the opportunity to live in an apartment instead of a dorm or suite. This year I am living in North Village, the nicest place to live on campus. I am thoroughly enjoying the central air conditioning and full kitchen. I’m very glad I have been given this opportunity because it gives me a chance to be an adult and live on my own without the anxiety of being out in the real world all by myself. North Village is located right behind the gym complex. It is still on campus but instead, it is its own thing separate from everyone else. We have our own quad, which Residence Life just hosted a really nice picnic for all North Village residents in. It reminds me of a planned or gated community, but on a much smaller scale and without the exclusivity. With this privilege, however, comes a lot of responsibility.
When you live in a dorm you are only responsible for cleaning your room or even half of your room, if you have a roommate. When you live in an apartment, not only do you have more to clean, but you also have to learn how to budget your money in order to buy things like cleaning products and groceries. You also have neighbors that you can hear through the halls. Many times, there will be a lot of people in one apartment and it can get loud enough for you to hear it in your apartment across the hall or even below their apartment. This is something everyone deals with and it can be frustrating at times but you learn to live with it. I also think my apartment has the heaviest door in North Village, which sometimes causes it to slam shut early in the morning if you aren’t paying attention. This can easily wake your apartment-mates up, so you have to be aware of everyone else in your apartment all the time. You always want to make sure the door is locked when no one is there, but it can take a while to work out a routine with everyone of different schedules. You also have to get used to sharing common areas not only with your apartment-mates, but also with their friends sometimes. They may want to have people over to watch a football game the same day you were planning on spreading out on the kitchen table to work on a paper, so you have to be able to communicate well with your apartment-mates and learn to respect each other’s life styles. Putting a cleaning schedule together was one of the first and best things my apartment did. We have it posted on the inside of our pantry door so no one forgets when their turn to clean is. You have to keep track of not only your room, but also the living room, kitchen, sinks and bathrooms. As long as you divide it and plan it out, it makes cleaning really easy, but you still have to work it into your schedule to make sure it gets done.
Grocery shopping for the first time was a little daunting for me. I have never bought food for myself like an adult. I found it easiest to make a list of everything I wanted to cook and then another list of all the ingredients I would need for each dish. I found finding time to cook dinner during the week wasn’t really a possibility for me because of how busy I am, but I did find it much easier to cook on Sundays and then put stuff in microwave safe containers to heat up each night of the week. It allows me to have a nice, hot meal each evening for dinner and still gives me time to do everything I need to. Living in an apartment, I have had to learn a whole new way of living. It has definitely been an adjustment, but one that I have welcomed with open arms. Because of this experience, I really feel that I am even more ready for the real world. I’m glad McDaniel gives us this opportunity because it teaches us life skills that are important to our success in the real world.
“Anyone can cook!” – Gusteau (Ratatouille)
Living in an apartment for the first time has given my apartment-mates and I a chance to start a new tradition. Last year when we had picked our apartment we started brainstorming ways we could bond throughout the semester. One of the first things we all bonded over was Disney. We all have our favorite movies from childhood as well as our favorite ones that are more recent. Because of this, we came up with the idea of Disney Movie Date Night. Various nights throughout the semester would be devoted to certain Disney movies. Along with this, we would eat food that corresponds to the movie. We planned all summer for these and filled the holes in each other’s movie collections. Once we got to campus and tried to find a night all of us were free, we realized just how hard it would be to gather 5 busy people in one room for a night of eating good food and watching great movies.
Earlier this week, we had an impromptu DMDN! One of my friends said he really wanted to watch Hercules. We happened to all be free that night and decided to just go for it and quickly put together the date night. A few of us went out to the market and got a bunch of food. When they got back, we realized it was not Greek food, which is what we had decided to eat while watching Hercules. They had gotten a craving for frozen food. So instead, we did the college kid thing and ate pizza rolls, ham and cheese pinwheels, and pigs-in-a-blanket while we watched Hercules. And, of course, we sang along to all the amazing songs and quoted a lot of the movie. It was a lot of fun and I was completely stuffed by the end of the movie.
It was such a fun time and, even though the food change was last minute, we still managed to have a great time and it was everything we had hoped! It was a truly magical Disney evening. It was a great way to bond with my apartment-mates and some of my other friends. It was also nice to catch up with them since I hadn’t seen them all summer. I always forget how much I truly miss my friends here when I am home for the summer. Being back on campus and around all my friends all the time again is so amazing! I could write a whole blog on just living in North Village…hey, maybe I will. Anyway, next on the list for Disney Movie Date Night is The Little Mermaid and seafood.
“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.” – Megera (Hercules)