Home Away From Home
Written by freshman middle blocker, Katie Mroczenski
It has been three months now since I have lived at home. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone and how smooth of a transition it has been. Move in day was August 8. I left my large bedroom (that I didn't have to share with anyone!), walk-in closet and bathroom at home and moved into my new one-room, all-in-one, "house" which functions as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom all at once. I still cannot believe how I fit all of my stuff into my dorm room, but somehow I did it! I will admit I was a little nervous about moving away from home; I had never really been away from home for a long period of time, so I had no idea what to expect.
The first few days were the hardest. I missed home a lot, but at the same time, I was looking forward to what was ahead. At first it felt really strange living here and being on my own, but honestly it didn't take long for it to feel completely normal. Having a roommate who is going through the same things I am also made the transition easier, and I could not ask for a better roommate, (Leah VanZeeland!). It is especially important considering the small living space we have to share. Getting used to a different bed and the small space was challenging and of course having no air conditioning was different! August was really hot! But we managed to make it thanks to our fans and open windows. Volleyball made the time go fast as well. The returning players were great about making all the newcomers feel welcome, and we kept busy with lots of team bonding activities.
Adjusting to living on your own is just something everyone has to do in college. There are always going to be tough times, but having a good roommate and teammates make the transition a lot easier. Calls from home and care packages in the mail have also helped! (Thanks mom!)