I hope you’re having a fantastic day! This week has been a great one here at Luther, with beautiful weather and, perhaps most excitingly, room draw for next year! OoooOOooh!
This was my first experience with room draw since I am a first year. As an incoming student, all I had to do was submit a housing application explaining where I preferred to live and a bit about me and my study and sleeping habits. Then Luther matched me with my roommate based on our shared interests and put us on a floor of girls with personalities similar to ours.
But this year, we got to figure out the housing situation on our own, which was a very exciting experience! All of us got bright orange room draw cards in our SPOs (Student Post Office boxes) with our designated draw numbers on them, and we averaged our numbers with our roommates’ to find our combined draw number. The actual room draw event was divided between six sessions, three on Tuesday and three on Wednesday. My roommate and I averaged to 417, so we drew during the last Tuesday session, at 7:00pm.
The draw took place in the Union and ran like clockwork. We all sat in the lobby while numbers were called, twenty at a time. While we waited, we could look at paper floor plans for each dorm and see which rooms were taken and by whom. There was so much energy and anticipation as we saw rooms fill up on the maps and hoped there would be a spot left where we wanted to be.
When our group was called, people stationed in the hallway checked that we had registered for classes next semester and that our average draw number was correct. And then we went in and chose a room!
We got our first choice floor in Larsen Hall, the dorm we liked best. I know several really nice people who will be living on our floor, which is great, and our window faces a little courtyard with ivy-covered brick walls. I'm so excited to live there!
Larsen is the oldest dorm on campus – it opened 108 years ago – so it has cute vintage radiators and lots of windows and hardwood floors. The dorm is also home to the health and counseling services offices, the study abroad office, and some classrooms. The third floor is also supposed to be haunted by a ghost named Gertrude, which landed Larsen in Dennis Hauck's book, Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred, Sites, UFO Landings and Other Supernatural Locations, which is obviously a very factual and reliable source. ;)
But I digress.
Overall, room draw went smoothly and was actually a lot of fun too! I will definitely be less intimidated in future years now that I know how simple the process is. And choosing a place to live next year has made me all the more excited for next semester!
So that’s what I’ve been up to this week! That, and writing lots of papers, one of which I should go work on now….
Have a terrific day!