Moving Out — when dorms get crazy
The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and it’s time for students to move out of the dorms. Crunch time is here, and it’s also a critical time to consider what to keep and what to throw away. From trash cans overflowing to the ceiling, clothes on every inch of the floor and all the other odd artifacts compiled through college adventure must g0 — if they can be found that is. Anthony Lowy, a freshmen electronic media and film major expresses his thoughts about move out day, and the pros and cons that come with living with a stranger.
“I’m honestly not looking forward to move out day at all,” Lowy says. “It looks like the Tasmanian devil took a couple laps around this place. The trash hasn’t been taken out in a couple weeks, there are clothes everywhere and I just ended up with a lot of random stuff. I have to say living with my roommate was a great experience because we became good friends. But we both weren’t dedicated to keeping up with the room. I mean it kind of smells like French fries and beef, but it’s only a few more weeks of the goblin lifestyle. I plan on getting rid of a lot of stuff I don’t really need to help with a smooth move experience.”
Having a roommate can be risky endeavor for some people. They may not come to like each other and it can create for a bad experience. Other students have formed great friendships through this experience and feel that college was more enjoyable meeting a new friend. Dorm life can be exciting and risky but has its benefits, too.
“When I first started last fall I didn’t know what to expect about my first roommate,” says Milan Trujillo, a freshmen psychology major. “We started off on a good note then things progressively went down hill. He turned out to be a disrespectful person and it made for a bad experience in my first semester. We were having issues so he moved out and in the spring and I got a new roommate. I was really skeptical about [him] because of my previous roommate, but he turned out to be an awesome guy and he’s one of my closest friends now. He’s also a really tidy person and our room is in good shape for move out day.”
A friendship can last a lifetime and college is a place that makes it possible. However, the time is coming to separate these bonds like atoms into the summer fun. But with so many forms, mass confusion and the chaos of move out day may interfere. Parents and students will flood the halls with bags and boxes all trying to move through the dim fluorescent lit hallways of the dorms. Things may get tricky with thousands of students on campus doing the same thing. Micah Segura, a public health major, talks about the hassles of moving out.
“Moving in first semester was a fun yet frustrating experience,” Segura says. “I was surprised the first day I got here at just how many people were moving in. There must have been over a hundred in my dorm and maneuvering through was a nightmare. Parents and students [were] going back and forth in the hallways all day and I was getting anxious. I’m not really looking forward to moving out because I’m sure the experience of moving in will repeat itself; its also one of those days where a lot of people are gassy and you never know who is smelling up the hall.”
In just a few weeks thousands of organized and disorganized students will be shipping out. With only a little time left to get things in order students’ should consider what’s important and what can go. Often times after all the students have disappeared, and NAU is a quiet little campus — the dumpsters become a goldmine for those who delve into the trash treasure world.
“Last semester a lot of people moved out of my dorm,” says Zach Henderson, an advertising major. “I’ll admit I got a little curious one day when I walked by the dumpsters and saw a lot of stuff thrown out. I actually found a pair of speakers and they aren’t that bad, I use them for my computer and it’s worked out great. I also found, and it might sound gross, but a really nice fruit bowl. It’s a big bowl with nice designs on it and it can probably hold twelve pieces of fruit. They say one mans trash is another mans treasure and well. I hope to find some more this semester.”
You can dive on in and dive right out if you’re daring enough to find trashed treasures. You can also take with you a great friendship that is sure to reform comes next year. Lastly, you can count on move out day to be quite eventful and hectic.