Since seeing the juniors mull over the Co-op draw earlier in the year, my friends and I have been preparing ourselves for the dreaded room draw. I was especially obsessed with techniques to get the best rooms since my room this year ended up being quite spacious for a freshman dorm. The upperclassmen had their advices- Pick in with smaller groups, be ready to split up or double, etc.. But it seemed, as my group of 6 entered the room draw, there was no guarantee, no predictable pattern to the room draw process.

To be fair, I belong to Dodd neighborhood and had prepared myself for a less-than-ideal housing in Tyler Annex. A couple of friends here and there tried switching out of the neighborhood. Some of them succeeded and many did not. Our group decided that instead of placing our bets on a chance that didn’t seem too likely, we would find more practical ways to get better housing. We had mixed genders in the group to avoid being hurt by the gender cap.

After an anxious wait, we received a pretty darn good pick number- a cause for celebration. Like the other freshmen, we shopped around for desirable rooms and discussed our priorities. For my group, staying together and having a common space was important, although we were willing to double and split up if the worst happened.

I arrived really early for room draw and fell into despair as the upperclassmen took the rooms and buildings that we had wanted to pick into. Against our predictions, almost no upperclassmen athletes had picked into Tyler Annex. I started stressing out, frantic not to end up that far from the campus next year. Running desperate, we decided that staying in the same building was the best choice, even if we would have to double. Thankfully, we had an early enough pick that we could pick into singles that were not in the Annex. Not only that, but our friends who were in later pick groups also got into the same building.

In retrospect, our room draw was not as stressful as I had made it out to be. We were going to be able to live together in the same buildings and we all ended with singles in the end. Unlike this year, I had some say in where I would be living and who I would be living with next year. Even without the choice, I had a very nice room and neighbors this year. Many freshmen stressed over their poor pick numbers and did not end up with their first choices, but many people were content with the results of the room draw.

A week after the draw, I went to visit the room that I would be living in next September. The current resident was not in, but the student next door showed her similar room to me. It was much bigger than I thought. I looked around at the common room and the kitchen. Content with my choice, I was proud of braving through my first college room draw process without breaking down in tears, despite all of the time I spent poring over floor plans.

I have one question though- is it too early to be looking forward to next year’s room draw?

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