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Top 5 TLA perks

photo3Since I’m a junior this year, I get to live in a TLA, a Transitional Living Area. Which is a fancy way of saying that I live in campus-owned housing that’s not a dorm. I’m living with three housemates in an apartment in Arbaugh, halfway up the slough path. Though it’s a long walk from, well, pretty much everything, the pros of living in a TLA far outweigh the cons.

1) A kitchen

All of my roommates and I love to bake. So, even though it’s only week 1, our oven has already turned out chocolate chip cookies and raspberry muffins. This is going to be a good year!

photo2One thing I always missed during college last year was home-cookin’. Indian home-cookin’. Which is rather hard to find (and far away when you don’t have transportation other than your feet) in the QC. But now that I have a kitchen, I can get out my ginger, garlic, cumin and turmeric and whip something up for myself.

2) My own room

I really like my roommate from last year–she and I were randomly matched by Augie and we ended up living together for two years. We didn’t get in each other’s way and she was always really considerate (especially of my indiscriminate NBA-watching during the season). But there are times when you just want to be alone, and it’s wonderful to have a place that’s truly my own.

3) More than one room to live in

Again, nothing against the dorms, but it sometimes wears on you to have to do everything in a single room. In the dorms, I had two seating options–my bed or my desk chair. Now, I can sit on those, or in the kitchen, or one of our comfy living-room armchairs. It’s just nice to have a change of scene.

4) Bathrooms

Strange as this may seem, it’s rather refreshing to use the toilet in a room that actually has walls instead of a stall. Also, it’s just nice in general to share a bathroom with three others instead of close to forty. Of course, this also means that we have to clean said bathroom ourselves, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it…

oak trees

5) The view

I’m not guaranteeing that you get a room with a view when you become a junior, but our apartment in Arbaugh has really nice views. Since we’re perched on the hill by the Slough, all we see from the living room are trees and more trees. The kitchen window looks out on the path running to the other Arbaugh buildings and my room on the stairs leading up to Arbaugh. Trees all around means that rooms don’t get a ton of light, but hey, I’m willing to sacrifice a little light for greenery everywhere.


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