college transfer life: my dorm

Soooooo life has definitely been crazy since I transferred colleges midway through what was supposed to be my sophomore year (I’ll get into that later).  And while it’s been set up for a while, I finally got the opportunity to take pictures of my dorm to show everyone.  So here it is!

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my humble abode in the upper west side 🙂

I live in the upperclassmen dorm, despite technically being a sophomore, so my dorm is apartment-style.  I have one roommate whom I share a room with, and two suitemates, who share another double room within the apartment.  We share a living room/kitchen/common area, that is equipped with university provided furniture, as well as a bathroom.  I didn’t take pictures of the common area, out of respect for my roommates, but it’s nothing special.  It is pretty large for the area that we are in — the upper west side is a pretty affluent neighborhood within Manhattan. Our double room is huge, so much bigger compared to the dorm I was in at my old college, and it fits a full-sized dresser which I am in love with.  At my old college I had be super clever with how and where I stored everything, but it’s so spacious here that I don’t really have to worry about it.

I also have a nice little desk area in the corner, which luckily doesn’t face the window (if it did, I would never get work done!).  I like to have my desktop pretty empty so I have room for all of my thoughts and don’t get distracted while I study.  Unfortunately, our kitchen is super small and there wasn’t room for my blender, so it takes up a big chunk of space.  It’s still an organized, clutter-free space, and nothing helps me study more than organization.

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I still need to hang up my calendar–don’t judge me

I love decoration and organization (this girl is obsessed with hgtv), so I’ve really enjoyed making my little slice of space home.  Obviously I’m going to continue to re-organize and add decorations–I enjoy it too much to stop, but I wanted to share my new home with everyone who wants to see it.

As for the transition as a transfer student goes, I would be lying if I didn’t say it’s been a little rough.  I transferred in under the impression that I am a sophomore, and would be graduating in 2019, but after extensive planning with my advisor, it was determined that I have to wait to graduate until 2020, making me a freshman again.  I don’t have a problem with that at all, but knowing that I wish that the school had placed me in the freshman dorms so I had more chances to make friends.  As a sophomore in apt-style living, it’s not exactly your classic dorm with everyone leaving their doors open and running around with their floor.  I definitely haven’t put myself out there as much as I have wanted to out of fear of rejection, but after spring break I am making a pledge to myself to do whatever I can to make some friends!

This is definitely a great learning experience for me, and I know that I will come out of all of this a better and stronger person.  I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to transfer, and am very lucky to have parents that have supported me through the whole journey.  While I can’t wait to go home next week and squeeze my family and my kitty, I am determined to make myself a home here on the east coast.

hugs and kisses,




One thought on “college transfer life: my dorm

  1. Great post. We love you and believe in you, Ciara. I hope you don’t mean a “permanent” home on the East Coast! Remember, the West Coast is the best coast. Love you!


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