After what feels like a very short time at home, I’ve already started planning what I need to move back to Hoboken. I get to move in the beginning of July this year instead of the typical end-of-August move in date because I have an off-campus apartment. What it means is that I live in a real apartment building with a real balcony and real counter space, while still going through Stevens Residence Life. In the apartment are four Stevens students, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a full set of furniture. Not a bad set up at all!
I chose to spend my fourth and now fifth year at Stevens in an off-campus apartment, but I also had a lot of fun living on campus for my first, second and third years. There are great aspects to both situations.
My first year, I lived in Humphrey’s Hall. It’s a 3 story brick building towards the North end of campus. I ended up meeting some of the best friends I’ve made at Stevens while I lived there. I met the girls who would be my future roommates and I met the girl who introduced me to Theta Phi Alpha. I got used to the stalled showers pretty quickly thanks to my handy shower sandals and plastic carrying basket. I felt like I had the true Freshmen Experience being introduced to so many new people so quickly. It was great!
There's me (way in the back) and some other people from my hall. This was taken in Humpheys my Freshmen year. Four years ago!
The summer after freshmen year I lived on campus to take advantage of the summer classes available to me through the Scholars Program. I was placed in the River Street Apartments. They are not only nice apartments, they are also located 30 seconds away from the academic buildings. You had no reason to ever worry about being late to class!
My second and third years at Stevens I lived in Castle Point Apartment. This building has the most amazing view. You have to see it to believe it. You face northeast, and see all of the Manhattan Skyline from a high vantage point. It is a view to die for.
I just moved in to Castle Point Apartments fo the first year. I'm not quite unpacked yet. See hat forced smile? I was probably axious to fix the mess.
This is some of the view from Castle Point Apartments. This shot is ooking north, with Manhattan to the right, Weehawken to the left and the George Washington Bridge dead ahead.
After moving in and out of all these different buildings, I would like to think I’ve become a seasoned veteran of planning, packing, and unpacking. But not quite yet. The girl in me comes out, and every year I find I bring way too many cloths and a ridiculous amount of shoes. The advice I give is some that I wish I would follow: pack two weeks’ worth of every day clothes, gym clothes, and 1-2 business casual (what’s that?) outfits. Bring bedding, 1 towel (not the 5 I normally pack), a hamper, hangers, and school supplies. Maybe don’t bring 12 different stuffed animals for your bed or 40 dvds. As time goes on you can decide for yourself what you need and don’t need. After all, college is about self-discovery, right? For example, I discovered that I never, ever would pick up an iron, no matter how many times I insisted on bringing it.