Last year, I shared a double room with a roommate in Ylvisaker. It was quite an experience, but since then, I was hoping that I could get a bigger room or a cluster. Miraculously during the room draw season, my two roommates and I got ourselves a suite in Miller! Suites in Miller aren't the biggest, but they're definitely a good size. And the best part is that we don't have to move out for breaks which is an advantage to those who don't usually go home or somewhere else during breaks. There are two rooms and students can arrange them however they want. Closets and drawers are also more spacious in Miller which is great for those like me who just never have enough space to hang and keep her clothes.
Living in a suite is a lot of fun, especially with your best friends. We arranged the suite in a way that separates a bedroom and a common room. During the room draw, we picked the highest floor that faces campus. It wasn't quite the the view we were looking for, but it is nevertheless a great one. What I like best about our room is that it is only a few steps away from the bathroom and the laundry room. Laundry used to be a hassle when I was a first-year because there was only one location in Ylvi (which is the ground floor) that has washing machines and dryers. However, the elevators in the building also makes going around Miller easier than it used to be in Ylvi.
My favorite part of the suite is our common room. In it lies a covertible futon we got for a reasonable price, picnic mats for when we decide to cook and eat in the room, as well as a study place for each of us. I no longer have to rely as much on study rooms and the library as much, seeing that I can just move over to the next room and do my thing if either of my roommates want to go to bed or have some privacy in the bedroom. Since it's only the three of us in a suite, we have an extra drawer for ourselves where we can store our cooking equipments and ingredients. We also didn't forget to make use of the extra desk in our room... we made it the makeup table for all of us! Also, this year, we have a fridge to store our frozen goods, a pass-down from one of our lovely senior friends.
Living in a suite with two of your best friends is amazing. I love coming back from work or class to them in the room. Sometimes, we all take nap dates together on the futon or in the bedroom. We also dance together without feeling like we're being watched, and talk about things openly because the place is ours. One of my roommates and I share two classes together, and the best part about living with each other is that we can take turns to wake each other up for our 8ams as well as study together for exams. Occasionally, we organize teatime sessions with our friends in the common room where we can get together in a big group.
All in all, I'm grateful for this suite life and I hope it's going to be one of the best experiences of my sophomore year.