Inside My Room – Freshman Year

Inside of McGraw-Long Hall, on the first floor, second window from the left end, was my room.  I had two different roommates in there, in different semesters.  I had Jon Forde the first semester, and Brandon Durflinger the second semester.  It was a great place to live, and I miss it dearly.  Life in McGraw-Long was the subject of several quotes on the main page during my year there.  But let’s go in, and see what once was…

Come on in!  This is how my door looked (for the most part – the pictures changed from time to time) during my freshman year.

This was my corner – my “office”, so to speak.  I had a loft bed, and the computer resided underneath said loft bed.  I had a black chair for most of the year, and then after that chair’s base finally gave in, I ended up getting a new, sturdier office chair.  Standard residence hall chairs?  Uh-uh.  Hurt my back.  I bring my chair from home.  You can take a closer look at my actual bed in the picture below.  And no, I did not hit my head all too often, despite the low ceiling.

This is an up-close of my “office”.  Note that this was not an optimal set-up, because the monitor was not straight ahead, as I would have liked.

What you see here is my failed attempt to have something green in the room that wasn’t mold… I bought this plant at the Harrisonburg Lowe’s, and to everyone’s dismay, it died.  Believe it or not, it started growing mold…

JMU is number one, and it’s about time you knew it!

This thing was on the ceiling.  I bought it for the colors, and it’s quite nice, but I just never could find the wall-space for it.

And here’s the plant again, as we look towards the door.

We got this in Chinatown in Philadelphia over Thanksgiving.  Note the tiger at the bottom of the picture, roaring.  Either it’s hungry, or it’s actually someone’s mother… I can see it now…


Another view of the room, this time from the center.

McGraw-Long had nine hallways like this.  Ours was unique, though, in that we had a study lounge, the laundry room, and the kitchen.  My room is on the left side, at the end of the hallway.


The laundry room… brings back memories, all right.  Dancing, singing, and of course, waiting for the laundry to finish.  Six washers, and six dryers.

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