So what’s it like?

This weekend, YSU was a veritable circus of moving carts, students and parents laden down with cartons and crates, bedding and books, as the campus’s resident students moved in for the academic year. Some of the upperclassmen went about the chore with a plan. Past experience and prior planning, they’ve learned, can make a short job of being transplanted into one of YSU’s residence halls.But what about the freshmen, those who have not experienced the hassles of Move-in day before? will interview first-year dorm residents on their experiences and impressions of the dorm. First up is Kilcawley House. Later in the week, freshmen in Cafaro and Lyden Houses will get to sound off.KELLY GEISER, freshman, psychology, AND COURTNEY SWACKHAMER, freshman, psychologyThese two roommates live in Kilcawley House. Geiser’s hometown is relatively close – about 1 hours away – but Swackhamer had a bit of a drive to arrive at YSU. She made the trip in four hours. Their room is set up similarly to many rooms in Kilcawley – bunked beds, and a refrigerator doubling as a TV stand. Geiser looked around at her new abode and decided that maybe she’d been a little overszealous in packing provisions for the year. “I brought way too much food,” she said. Swackhamer decided that if there was one thing she missed, it was her bathrobe.Geiser agreed. “It’s kind of hard to shower and change in the bathroom because the floors get very wet,” she said.TASHA FULLIE, freshman, special education, AND JAMI GREEN, freshman, pre-business managementThese girls live in the center of the hall. At night, they say, it can get a little loud with girls running up and down the hall, but they don’t mind. Fullie, though, wasn’t quite as satisfied with the dimensions of the room.“This room is too stinking small,” she said. “I don’t have enough room for my posters.”Green, however, has a smaller bedroom at home and didn’t mind so much. The two girls were friends before they came to YSU. They like living in the dorms, and they see it as a good opportunity to make new friends and meet new people. Among their list of “things they wish they could have or would have brought” rank a telephone splitter cord (the current arrangement has the phone resting on the bottom bunk), a washing machine with matching dryer, and oh yes, the one thing everyone seems to have forgot – bathrobes.WES McLAUGHLIN, freshman, computer scienceMcLaughlin moved his velvet blankets and animal-print reclining cushion in to the dorm on Friday before school started, along with his guitar and other belongings.“If you get stuff in with some sense of organization, it’s not too bad,” he said of the somewhat cramped conditions. “But it’s still kind of like a prison cell.”

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