Dorm life can be viewed as one of the most essential aspects of college life especially in our little cultural melting pot here at CHTM. Even though we all are many miles away from comfort, living in a completely different country on our own, dorm life at CHTM seemed like the perfect idea. Immediately, we were focused on thoughts of complete freedom and being away from our parents. We were dreaming of paradise but soon brought to reality as we settled into our different houses and realized that it was not as it seemed.
With this freedom came responsibilities and changes that we would have to accept. Calling out for the water truck to stop to purchase our bottles of water, monthly internet bills, grocery shopping and let us not forget living with complete strangers. That was the ultimate challenge of this whole experience as we were forced to interact with people from different cultures. It all came with the “paradise package”. However, as we began to form strong bonds with our housemates and create a lifetime of memories the process became easier.
For some of us dorm life meant it was time for some cooking 101 classes from our roommates as we learned to either cook for the first time or cook different dishes we had never tried before. While others showed up the rest by displaying their expertise skills in the kitchen. Not only did we bond in the kitchen, but we also found ourselves enjoying walks together in groups from the Reef or Faith Manor which are the closest houses to school or from Farrington which as the name suggests is quite the journey to and from classes.
Never mind if you missed a class or two, that’s what your roommate was for as together we shared lecture notes, studied for pop quizzes and Major exams. We soon got accustomed to our roommates and embraced the norming stage of this whole experience. All work and no play would make us dull students, so of course we worked hard but played even harder as we almost always enjoyed our times together having epic Celebrations. Warren always accommodated those daily and nightly antics especially when we had surprise birthday parties or our exclusive CHTM parties.
Ultimately, dorm life gave us our own little Suites and Cottages, as we transformed them into our homes away from home whether from the Upper Hawthorne end or the Lower Hawthorne end. It’s what we’ve grown accustomed to and have made our comfort zone while studying abroad. The truth is we will never forget this experience that brought us closer together and the memories of our dorm life here at CHTM will be a trademark in our lives.
by Shanique Hylton (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)