Almost every college student experiences life in the residence halls at least once. Whether you’re an incoming freshman who is required to live in the dorms or a transfer student who wishes to live in the upperclassmen dorms, the experience is widely shared. I spent my first year in college in a residence hall and it was a wonderful experience. You had friends all around you, you could find a meal just downstairs, and you only had to clean one room and a bathroom instead of an entire house.
Granted, there are some downsides to the dorms, such as the lack of a proper kitchen or the notoriously thin walls. However, one of the greatest downsides to my time in the dorms wasn't the inconveniences, but rather, an unruly hall mate. Not as much unruly as she was, well, insane.
I will call her Loca because I feel like that is the word that describes her best: crazy. Loca lived in the first room on the right of the hallway so no matter what you did, you would always have to pass her room when you went to your room or left it.
Loca began the school year with a roommate who was a really sweet girl. Loca did not like the company of others and by the third week of the semester, her roommate had packed up and moved back home. I never heard the true story but the poor girl left in tears.
Loca then took advantage of her solitude and filled her room with drugs, alcohol, and her boyfriend. I never heard her address him by his name, but I’ll call him Kale. I am not making this statement figuratively either; her boyfriend literally moved into her room without the knowledge of our resident advisor. Loca pretended to lose her key, paid for a new one, and gave it to her boyfriend so he could get in and out of her room without her. Yes, Loca had a bit of evil genius in her.
I’m not sure how her boyfriend stuck around the whole year. All she ever did was whine and complain and sneer at anyone who gave her a glance. Her short, jet-black hair and punk rock clothes matched her dark personality. A ride in the elevator with her always proved to be an awkward one.