Editor’s Note: This article incorrectly reports that students can leave unwanted plants and fish at the front desks of their pertinent residence halls. Westfall Halls is the only residence halls offering this service. The Collegian regrets its error.
The article also quotes freshman communications major Samuel Fay and freshman business major Sebastian Smith. After an internal investigation by the Collegian and the university, it was confirmed that neither are students at CSU. The Collegian regrets its error.
Newsom Hall resident assistant Kari Ashby advised her hall to please make wise decisions during their last week of college.
â€œOne year we had a student who tripped really badly on acid. He was having hallucinations â€“â€“ I forget if he thought the army was after him, or aliens, but he couldnâ€™t move out because he was so paranoid,â€ she said. â€œIt was bad.â€
For students living in CSUâ€™s residence halls, the middle of May means more than the hassle of finals. It means storage space and boxes, as well as completely erasing all traces of the past year from the dorm rooms.
â€œMove out is such a long process,â€ senior psychology major Ashby said. All residents must move out of their halls before the RAs can move out, and all the RAs must be out before the residence hall director can leave, making for a lengthy, tedious process.
At the end of her second year as an RA, Ashby said she has enjoyed the experiences of dorm living.
â€œAcademic Village was awesome because of the private bathrooms,â€ she said. â€œNewsom has character. Theyâ€™re all different.â€
Ashby plans to have one more year as an RA in Edwards Hall.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of memories everywhere,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ll walk down the halls of (Academic Village) and remember late night study parties. I canâ€™t pass the steam tunnels at Newsom without remembering the zombies that we had to chase out at 11 oâ€™clock at night. You relive experiences.â€
One perk of living on campus, Ashby said, is that she can still wake up with 15 minutes and get to class on time.
Undeclared freshman Hallie Meeker, who lives on Ashbyâ€™s hall in Newsom, said she loved her year in the dorms because of all the people she was able to meet in such close proximity.
â€œNow I get to brag that I had a typical college experience. I definitely learned to appreciate a nice shower,â€ she said.
Meeker has yet to start packing for move out, but, she said, with finals on the brain, she has more to worry about.
Freshman communications major Samuel Fay and business major Sebastian Smith took charge of their move out and were hauling boxes of their belongings out to be recycled Thursday afternoon. Dining hall dishes, clothing, bicycle wheels and an old television were just some of the many items they were getting rid of.
â€œOur goal is to have as little as possible to move out,â€ Fay said. â€œWhat you see here, this is just the beginning.â€
â€œWe each have two boxes of stuff to keep,â€ Smith added. â€œBut Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll accumulate it all back by next semester.â€
Living in Durward Hall was what they both described as â€œan experience.â€
â€œWhat happens in Durward, stays in Durward,â€ Fay said. â€œBut Durward was awesome,â€ he added, prompting a laugh from his roommate.
â€œIf by awesome you mean loud, inconvenient, loud, gross and loud, then yeah,â€ Smith said.
But both said that, given an option, they wouldnâ€™t have lived anywhere else. Next year they are rooming together in off-campus apartments.
To assist students with their move, all residence halls are selling boxes for $1 a piece and can provide tape and dollies. Unwanted fish and plants can be left at the front desks to find good homes.
There is also a Leave it Behind program, where students can leave unwanted clothing, shoes, school supplies, furniture, household goods and non-perishable food items in bins in the lobbies of their residence halls. The items will be donated to the Salvation Army.
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