The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On January 19, 2017

Alana Edgin

I know a lot of you out there are probably struggling with bad roommates, so I’m writing this to give you guys some hope. Not all roommates are bad.

Last semester, I wrote about two of my past roommates, but not much about my current one.

Emily, my roommate as of last semester, is the best. We live in a residence hall, and she has an entire closet full of snacks.

While the food is a huge bonus, this isn’t the reason she is the best.

I don’t always get along with females. My two best friends before ASU were two guys, and I didn’t always get along with the girls in my classes.

Hard as it is to believe, I’m shy around strangers in big crowds.

During the debacle that was me trying to get a dorm room that wasn’t Concho last spring, I wound up in Massie.

It was not my first or even second choice, but to me, anything is better than Concho.

Everyone was signing up at the same time and because of this, I knew my roommate’s name by the end of the day.

I’ll admit, I did some cyber stalking to find out if she was some psycho mass murder or an astoundingly intelligent person.

What I found was Emily, a home schooled girl from a town I’ve been through a few times.

I saw home schooled and thought, oh no, she’s going to be some crazy religious girl or really weird.

Luckily, I was wrong. She’s weird, but she’s my kind of weird.

Move-in day finally arrives, and I’ve rushed in and out meetings all day. I was unsure if I should be there or not. Instead of continuing my awkward internal debate, I get on my laptop and work on Ram Page stuff until she arrived.

Her family helped move her in, and she had tons of stuff.

I think a quarter of it was food. I ran off to another meeting, so I didn’t see her again until later that day.

We started talking, and we found out we like lots of the same shows and movies. She even liked manga and anime, which I was worried she would judge me for.

After having her as a roomie for a semester and getting to know her, I’m really happy the housing website got overloaded and caused me to miss out on my first options.

My dad said having a roommate and living in a dorm is an important experience. So far, my experiences with Emily have included terrifying bug problems (stupid wasp), destroying a bunch of guys in UNO (I am the queen. Bow down) and gaining a new friend.

Emily has really opened my eyes to some stuff I never cared to notice. Emily, you rock, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Also, to those of you out there who have a bad roommate, keep hope.

You may find the right roommate eventually.

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