During my gap year, I’ve lived in dorm-style rooms ranging from 3 to 12 people per room. I was fortunate enough to have grown up having my own bedroom, so sharing this space for an extended period of time was new. I had lived with other people at summer camp, but that was only for 4 weeks each year. Having roommates has given me the opportunity to experience living in a communal space, balance time alone and socializing, and learn more about myself. For the first 4 months in Jerusalem, I shared a room and bathroom with 4 girls. From mid December to mid January, I lived in a room with 12 girls with a communal bathroom. Currently, I have 2 roommates and we share a bathroom with 3 other suite-mates.
When our rooming list was released, I was surprised to see that I was placed in a room with two people I wasn’t necessarily close with. I’ve already lived with them for a month now, and I couldn’t be more grateful for how everything worked out. Learning to communicate and manage living in a small space with my roommates allowed us to get close very quickly. Now, they are some of my best friends, and I’m so glad I ventured out of my comfort zone to room with new people.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my gap year is to keep an open mind. My friends and I constantly remind ourselves to stay optimistic, and this is just one example of how everything can be an opportunity to learn and grow. I’ve gained so much from my rooming experiences this year, and I look forward to living in dorms on campus this fall!
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Living in dorm-style rooms during my gap year has been an eye-opening experience. From sharing with 4 girls to 12 girls, and now with 2 roommates, it’s taught me the value of communal living and balancing personal space with socializing. Initially, I was surprised to be placed with people I wasn’t close to, but it turned out to be a blessing. Communicating and managing a small space brought us closer, and they are now some of my closest friends. Keeping an open mind and embracing new experiences has been a crucial lesson, and I’m excited for more dorm adventures in the future!