Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Townhouse Living

Possibly the best and most different thing about being a senior on campus is getting to live in a Townhouse.  Yes, sometimes juniors are lucky and get to live in a Townhouse during their junior year, but for seniors, this is the place to be.  A Townhouse is pretty much exactly what its name says it is: a little house.  Townhouses on campus typically have 2 levels, complete with bedrooms for at least 4-6 people, a living area, a kitchen, and a bathroom.  While living in a Townhouse, students have a limited meal plan (unless otherwise arranged) of 40 meals per semester because they are expected to be able to cook meals for themselves in their kitchens.  On campus, there are four areas of townhouses: the 100's, 200's, 300's and 400's.  I live in the 200's on one of the farthest points of campus.

I share my townhouse with three other girls, and it is awesome so far! Two of the three girls I lived with last year, so we already knew what to expect when living with each other.  Our fourth roommate is a junior transfer who got randomly placed with us when our other fourth roommate was given a Resident Assistant position in a freshman dorm.  We were all a little nervous that she would feel left out when my two friends and I were already so tight, but it turned out that she was a perfect fit for our house!  We also got a house next to another group of our friends, so we have had a barbecue, a potluck dinner, and several hang-outs and gatherings already!

Check out my townhouse!!

So far, everything is going smoothly with our living situation. We had to collaboratively create a roommate contract and sign it at the beginning of the year, so we all know what is expected from our other roommates while living together.  Communication and respect are key when living in any situation on campus.

The most interesting part of living in a townhouse is the cooking.  I've never cooked many things for myself beyond pasta, so this is a very different experience for me.  My roommate Jill is the chef of the house, and we have cooked many of the meals so far.  We've tried to be creative and healthy, while at the same time not breaking our budget when grocery shopping.  I've actually really enjoyed cooking and have found it to be a pretty relaxing study break (especially when I have the time to spare).  Alliot trips are also more exciting because they happen less often, and when we do go, we feel like we're seeing everyone for the first time in months!  (Yeah, the two's are a little far away from everything...)  So far though, I haven't burned down the Townhouse or killed anyone with my cooking! I successfully made chicken twice, and the first time I did so by myself!  I'm excited for what culinary adventures are in store for the rest of the semester.
Two of my three roommates (Leah, left, and Jill) join me for a roomie dinner!  My third roommate buys a lot of her own groceries since she lives close-by, but she joins us for dinner too sometimes!

Italian sausage, green beans, and Annie's white cheddar mac and cheese. Yum! 

Honey mustard chicken (done on the stove), green beans and potatoes. Mine was a purple potato!

If you have any questions about my senior year or student life in general at St. Michael's, please do not hesitate to email me (emurray@mail.smcvt.edu), Tweet me (LittleLizzie33) or ask me a question on formspring (lizmurray3).  I will do my best to answer whatever questions are asked.

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to see that you and your roommates are enjoying each other's company. Having such activities with your roommates will definitely make a tighter bond between you, which is important since you are living in a townhouse. Thanks for sharing!

    Trevor Reed @ Comfield