Becky
Becky

I was actually pleasantly surprised on how big it was when I first got here and due to my program I’m always coming in and out. It’s nice to come back here and I know this place is mine and I can kind of do what I want with it within means. The first thing I did when I knew I was going away to University was get a ton of pictures printed to cover the walls. At first I filled my entire cork board with pictures from back home and then realized I needed to put other stuff up because part of me got overwhelmed. I’d look up and think “Oh there are my friends and my family from back home ” and that’s nice but at the same time I felt like I needed to take them down to make room to put more stuff like pictures of my friends here and my calendar. It’s not like I was holding on to the past but it was like mentally I felt like I still had all these people back home and it wasn’t like it was a mental block for me to make new friends here but it was interesting when I decided to take them down and only put up a couple that I really liked. I feel like it made a difference because I started decorating it with stuff that my friends got me here.

Kienan
Kienan

It’s a lot smaller than what I’m used to but you kind of get used to it and make it your own by putting up posters and flags. They give you a small space but it’s big enough that you can put things in it and make it your own. If you had more space you would just end up putting more stuff in instead of just what you need. It’s a good transition to moving into an apartment downtown.

Anita
Anita

When I was first planning on moving I knew that I wanted to bring as much stuff into here as I could that reminded me of home so that I could feel comfortable. I wanted it to be a happy space. I hate the florescent light so I brought in my own lights. I brought a lot of photographs of people that I like and I brought stuff that I used at home like a bowl of rings. Little things like that that I had at home that I still use. It’s kind of nice to have them in both places. As far as organization goes I don’t want to spend too much time trying to figure out a good organizational system because I’m going to pick up and leave in a few months. It does feel kind of strange being in a temporary space because this time next year someone else will be living here and they’re going to be doing their own thing in here. You’re not allowed to leave any marks in your room so it’s weird because you just kind of hover here for a year.

Aaron
Aaron

At first it was really big change. I came from the country where it was very open and I could move around a lot. When I moved to the city, in a very small room and became very confined. It was weird at first, it was kind of like a cage. It was a ton of adjustment but I got used to it and I redecorated the place, put my own spin on it, made it homey and now it’s alright. I’ve littered the place with my guitars, speakers, posters of interesting things and things that are personal to me. It’s those little reminders every day that make it homey even though you are away from home. It’s your own personal touch that makes it a comfortable living space.

Amanda
Amanda

I feel comfortable because all my belongings are here, I feel like I’m at home. I brought a bunch of stuff, like my memorabilia from home so it reminds me of actually being at home. I brought awards and photographs, a soft ball, a Vancouver sign and a bunch of pictures of home. It was really hard to get used to this space at the beginning but once I finally found a place for everything it kind of just fit in.

Alex
Alex

I try to make is as comfortable and lively as possible. I put up posters, a dreamcatcher, paintings and drawings. I picture my room as a blank canvas and I try to fill it up and it makes it more homey. I wish it was a little bigger but I just made it my own space and that’s what you have to do.

Kathleen
Kathleen

I have to leave sometimes. I put stuff up on my wall and I have as many people here as possible so that it feels nicer than it is. Luckily because I don’t live too far away I can go home when I want to.

Raymond
Raymond

I feel pretty constricted in my room. But after putting a lot of stuff in my room it’s not that bad anymore. I just put clutter in it to make me feel more at home and so that I’m not staring at blank walls. I have no attachments to my home. I like change and I like being in residence because it’s different from being at home. My old home is now a second home to me. This is my home.

Vanessa
Vanessa

My room is like a little cube that’s made for residence people to live in but it’s more like a prison to me. I put things up on the wall because it’s kind of scary because it’s blank. I put up the stuff that I’ve worked on to fill up the wall. Also, I’m afraid of the dark most of the time so I had to change my light.

Alia
Alia

I like my room. I feel like I’ve set it up in a way that mimics my room at home. I always cut out magazines and make collages. My room at home is entirely purple and this one is too. It was really important for me to make it really personalized and very me right during Frosh Week. I feel like my room is an expression of myself. I always feel comfortable in a space where I feel like I’m expressing myself and I feel like the way I decorated my room does that. I only feel constrained in the area when I’m making art because it’s not very inspiring to be living in a space that’s all brick. When it comes to just living in my room I don’t feel constrained in it – I feel like it’s a nice space and I feel like I’ve created a good vibe in my room where I feel happy in it. It’s a nice peaceful place for me.

Chandler
Chandler

It’s like an escape, it’s where you go to relax after a long day of classes. It’s where you go to lose yourself in your own thoughts. It’s your home. It’s like your own sanctuary, your home away from home where you go to reconnect with people back home or try to find yourself. It’s where you can go to study and move yourself away from the outside. This is your personal area. I bring my personal interests into it whether that be through art work or putting on a certain type of music or inviting certain people over. That’s how I make it my own.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

It’s really fun because everything is close. I can walk over and see my friends and I’m never really alone. I like my room, it’s not amazing but it’s better than nothing. I have my own space and I get to decorate it so it’s fun. I’m not in here that much so it’s not really that big of a deal. If I want to make it feel homy I turn on my lights at night and put on a candle to give it a better atmosphere. Putting pictures up helps and playing music. When I fall asleep I feel more at home than when I walk around because it’s so tiny.

Emily
Emily

I have a possessive nature over my room and everything in it. Even though it’s not really mine because I’m only here for a few months. I don’t ever feel like it’s small, I just feel like it’s homy. I surround myself with things that I like and that remind me of home. I cover the walls and hide the gross cinder block furniture that we have.

Dylan
Dylan

The room is really small but I enjoy small spaces because when it’s clean it’s all organized and everything is within arms reach. I don’t like being in large rooms, I’d rather be in a small compressed room where I can have my whole world on display and be very close to it. It also teaches you how to micro organize things. It’s weird when everything is clean because of the way it’s all laid out because everything has an exact spot. When everything is clean it’s super organized and categorized because it’s so small. I put up all these posters of things that I love and enjoy like this artist this photojournalist and a poster that my friend made. I’m a journalism major so I have my favourite articles up too. I’m very nostalgic so I like to collect things about my life and I put them on display everywhere (passes and tickets from the year).

Genevieve
Genevieve

At times it’s really squishy in here and you can literally touch both ends of the walls but other times it’s nice because it’s my cozy little space that I can escape to. I have picture frames and little bits from my home and my room that I brought here that will stand out when my room is clean and that makes it more homey.

Maya
Maya

I really like it. I like this style of room compared to the other floors in Pitman because it’s secluded and the walls are super thick so I don’t hear my roommate and she doesn’t hear me. The layout is cozy and I don’t miss home that much. I add a lot of colour and try to keep the curtains open.

Joseph
Joseph

I don’t spend as much time in here as I could. Usually when I work I like to have WIFI around me and I don’t have it in here yet. I’m going to spend some more time in here then. I’m used to living away from home for more extended periods of time, granted this is the longest period of time I’ve been away from home and everyone in the residence makes it feel like home. I’ve never really seen the need to decorate this room I just keep around a couple of odd things and a couple of memories of people back home.

Nicole
Nicole

I love my room. It’s definitely a home away from home because I brought all my stuff with me. All these pictures on this wall are from here and all the pictures on that wall are from home. When you have a really blank space in your house it feels weird and you need to fill it with something meaningful, so even though no one knows how half these photos got here, it’s cool to have stuff that came from here so it’s an actual home here.

Luke
Luke

I really love this room and I’m going to be really sad to leave it at the end of the year. I really lucked out having my own private bathroom. I really like that I’m surrounded by people on my floor but I don’t ever have to leave my room for anything if I don’t want to. I don’t feel like it needs to feel like home. I like that this is my residence room and I haven’t tried to make it feel like it’s my home. I’m very comfortable here, I really like it. I haven’t had any desire to decorate it.

Matisse
Matisse

I really like living in my room because I can just decorate it however I want and switch it however I want but also keep it as messy as I want. Living in this room is kind of like living in camp, you have your own little space and everyone else is really close to you. I haven’t really made it feel like home, it’s kind of like a new home so I haven’t brought stuff from home but I’ve made it how I want to make it. I can keep it messy and no one is going to say anything and I like that a lot. It’s my “do whatever you want room”. I can have buttons all over the ground and if something falls on the ground I can leave it for a bit. It’s really chill to live on residence.

Idi
Idi

I really like this room because it’s not just my room, it’s also my home. Everything is organized, I know exactly where it is and nobody touches it whereas at home my mom will move some things if she cleans and I’m not as organized. It’s really comfortable here and I have everything I need. Everything has its own purpose. I don’t live too far from home so I see my family often and I can Skype them.

Kaya
Kaya

I love my room. It’s like a little cabin on top of a city. I think as long as you’re comfortable in it then any place can really be like home. This is adapted to be another home for me although my parents are divorced and I already have two. My tapestries, my Mexican blankets and surrounding myself with pictures of home has helped a lot. The separation has got to me a lot because I love my homes and everything. I miss my brothers and my parents but if I keep little bits of them around it keeps getting easier and easier. I felt constrained at the beginning of the year but you really learn to come into your own thing after moving away so far from home like I did. It felt kind of sterile at the beginning and once I got the hang of things it really came into itself. This is my safe place now. I can imagine myself being constrained outside on the street, which is a funny place to think about being constrained, but my little space is actually more comfortable than being out in the big bad world.

Sam
Sam

I wish I could do more with the space but these walls are awful. I like the view, it’s really nice. At night all the lights are on and Ryerson’s across the way. It’s nice to look out before going to bed. It’s just so different because I come from a small town and so I wouldn’t have that chance to see buildings and hear the sounds of the traffic. Sometimes when my room gets really messy I just have to clean everything. I’ve always had a thing with shapes. When I clean I have to make sure things look aesthetically pleasing. I have my books and I love movies and TV shows so I’ve thrown them all on the wall and Archie comics because of childhood. I wasn’t really attached to my old room and I haven’t completely settled into this room and made it the place that I want it to be but I know it’s temporary and a stepping stone almost. Once I’m able to get my own place I’ll be able to control everything and decorate as much as I want to. For now I’m just happy with what my room is.

Stephanie
Stephanie

It’s very cluttered but I like it. I light a lot of candles and put a lot of pictures up of my friends back home and my family. I put a lot of posters up on the walls and I have a lot of pillows and blankets – so I clutter it myself. The fact that it’s a temporary home makes me feel better about it because it’s really shitty but I know that I’m leaving soon. At the very beginning it wasn’t very homey but once I put all my stuff in and hung pictures it felt like my room back home. My room back home and my room here kind of have the same feeling to them.

Becky
Kienan
Anita
Aaron
Amanda
Alex
Kathleen
Raymond
Vanessa
Alia
Chandler
Elizabeth
Emily
Dylan
Genevieve
Maya
Joseph
Nicole
Luke
Matisse
Idi
Kaya
Sam
Stephanie
Becky

I was actually pleasantly surprised on how big it was when I first got here and due to my program I’m always coming in and out. It’s nice to come back here and I know this place is mine and I can kind of do what I want with it within means. The first thing I did when I knew I was going away to University was get a ton of pictures printed to cover the walls. At first I filled my entire cork board with pictures from back home and then realized I needed to put other stuff up because part of me got overwhelmed. I’d look up and think “Oh there are my friends and my family from back home ” and that’s nice but at the same time I felt like I needed to take them down to make room to put more stuff like pictures of my friends here and my calendar. It’s not like I was holding on to the past but it was like mentally I felt like I still had all these people back home and it wasn’t like it was a mental block for me to make new friends here but it was interesting when I decided to take them down and only put up a couple that I really liked. I feel like it made a difference because I started decorating it with stuff that my friends got me here.

Kienan

It’s a lot smaller than what I’m used to but you kind of get used to it and make it your own by putting up posters and flags. They give you a small space but it’s big enough that you can put things in it and make it your own. If you had more space you would just end up putting more stuff in instead of just what you need. It’s a good transition to moving into an apartment downtown.

Anita

When I was first planning on moving I knew that I wanted to bring as much stuff into here as I could that reminded me of home so that I could feel comfortable. I wanted it to be a happy space. I hate the florescent light so I brought in my own lights. I brought a lot of photographs of people that I like and I brought stuff that I used at home like a bowl of rings. Little things like that that I had at home that I still use. It’s kind of nice to have them in both places. As far as organization goes I don’t want to spend too much time trying to figure out a good organizational system because I’m going to pick up and leave in a few months. It does feel kind of strange being in a temporary space because this time next year someone else will be living here and they’re going to be doing their own thing in here. You’re not allowed to leave any marks in your room so it’s weird because you just kind of hover here for a year.

Aaron

At first it was really big change. I came from the country where it was very open and I could move around a lot. When I moved to the city, in a very small room and became very confined. It was weird at first, it was kind of like a cage. It was a ton of adjustment but I got used to it and I redecorated the place, put my own spin on it, made it homey and now it’s alright. I’ve littered the place with my guitars, speakers, posters of interesting things and things that are personal to me. It’s those little reminders every day that make it homey even though you are away from home. It’s your own personal touch that makes it a comfortable living space.

Amanda

I feel comfortable because all my belongings are here, I feel like I’m at home. I brought a bunch of stuff, like my memorabilia from home so it reminds me of actually being at home. I brought awards and photographs, a soft ball, a Vancouver sign and a bunch of pictures of home. It was really hard to get used to this space at the beginning but once I finally found a place for everything it kind of just fit in.

Alex

I try to make is as comfortable and lively as possible. I put up posters, a dreamcatcher, paintings and drawings. I picture my room as a blank canvas and I try to fill it up and it makes it more homey. I wish it was a little bigger but I just made it my own space and that’s what you have to do.

Kathleen

I have to leave sometimes. I put stuff up on my wall and I have as many people here as possible so that it feels nicer than it is. Luckily because I don’t live too far away I can go home when I want to.

Raymond

I feel pretty constricted in my room. But after putting a lot of stuff in my room it’s not that bad anymore. I just put clutter in it to make me feel more at home and so that I’m not staring at blank walls. I have no attachments to my home. I like change and I like being in residence because it’s different from being at home. My old home is now a second home to me. This is my home.

Vanessa

My room is like a little cube that’s made for residence people to live in but it’s more like a prison to me. I put things up on the wall because it’s kind of scary because it’s blank. I put up the stuff that I’ve worked on to fill up the wall. Also, I’m afraid of the dark most of the time so I had to change my light.

Alia

I like my room. I feel like I’ve set it up in a way that mimics my room at home. I always cut out magazines and make collages. My room at home is entirely purple and this one is too. It was really important for me to make it really personalized and very me right during Frosh Week. I feel like my room is an expression of myself. I always feel comfortable in a space where I feel like I’m expressing myself and I feel like the way I decorated my room does that. I only feel constrained in the area when I’m making art because it’s not very inspiring to be living in a space that’s all brick. When it comes to just living in my room I don’t feel constrained in it – I feel like it’s a nice space and I feel like I’ve created a good vibe in my room where I feel happy in it. It’s a nice peaceful place for me.

Chandler

It’s like an escape, it’s where you go to relax after a long day of classes. It’s where you go to lose yourself in your own thoughts. It’s your home. It’s like your own sanctuary, your home away from home where you go to reconnect with people back home or try to find yourself. It’s where you can go to study and move yourself away from the outside. This is your personal area. I bring my personal interests into it whether that be through art work or putting on a certain type of music or inviting certain people over. That’s how I make it my own.

Elizabeth

It’s really fun because everything is close. I can walk over and see my friends and I’m never really alone. I like my room, it’s not amazing but it’s better than nothing. I have my own space and I get to decorate it so it’s fun. I’m not in here that much so it’s not really that big of a deal. If I want to make it feel homy I turn on my lights at night and put on a candle to give it a better atmosphere. Putting pictures up helps and playing music. When I fall asleep I feel more at home than when I walk around because it’s so tiny.

Emily

I have a possessive nature over my room and everything in it. Even though it’s not really mine because I’m only here for a few months. I don’t ever feel like it’s small, I just feel like it’s homy. I surround myself with things that I like and that remind me of home. I cover the walls and hide the gross cinder block furniture that we have.

Dylan

The room is really small but I enjoy small spaces because when it’s clean it’s all organized and everything is within arms reach. I don’t like being in large rooms, I’d rather be in a small compressed room where I can have my whole world on display and be very close to it. It also teaches you how to micro organize things. It’s weird when everything is clean because of the way it’s all laid out because everything has an exact spot. When everything is clean it’s super organized and categorized because it’s so small. I put up all these posters of things that I love and enjoy like this artist this photojournalist and a poster that my friend made. I’m a journalism major so I have my favourite articles up too. I’m very nostalgic so I like to collect things about my life and I put them on display everywhere (passes and tickets from the year).

Genevieve

At times it’s really squishy in here and you can literally touch both ends of the walls but other times it’s nice because it’s my cozy little space that I can escape to. I have picture frames and little bits from my home and my room that I brought here that will stand out when my room is clean and that makes it more homey.

Maya

I really like it. I like this style of room compared to the other floors in Pitman because it’s secluded and the walls are super thick so I don’t hear my roommate and she doesn’t hear me. The layout is cozy and I don’t miss home that much. I add a lot of colour and try to keep the curtains open.

Joseph

I don’t spend as much time in here as I could. Usually when I work I like to have WIFI around me and I don’t have it in here yet. I’m going to spend some more time in here then. I’m used to living away from home for more extended periods of time, granted this is the longest period of time I’ve been away from home and everyone in the residence makes it feel like home. I’ve never really seen the need to decorate this room I just keep around a couple of odd things and a couple of memories of people back home.

Nicole

I love my room. It’s definitely a home away from home because I brought all my stuff with me. All these pictures on this wall are from here and all the pictures on that wall are from home. When you have a really blank space in your house it feels weird and you need to fill it with something meaningful, so even though no one knows how half these photos got here, it’s cool to have stuff that came from here so it’s an actual home here.

Luke

I really love this room and I’m going to be really sad to leave it at the end of the year. I really lucked out having my own private bathroom. I really like that I’m surrounded by people on my floor but I don’t ever have to leave my room for anything if I don’t want to. I don’t feel like it needs to feel like home. I like that this is my residence room and I haven’t tried to make it feel like it’s my home. I’m very comfortable here, I really like it. I haven’t had any desire to decorate it.

Matisse

I really like living in my room because I can just decorate it however I want and switch it however I want but also keep it as messy as I want. Living in this room is kind of like living in camp, you have your own little space and everyone else is really close to you. I haven’t really made it feel like home, it’s kind of like a new home so I haven’t brought stuff from home but I’ve made it how I want to make it. I can keep it messy and no one is going to say anything and I like that a lot. It’s my “do whatever you want room”. I can have buttons all over the ground and if something falls on the ground I can leave it for a bit. It’s really chill to live on residence.

Idi

I really like this room because it’s not just my room, it’s also my home. Everything is organized, I know exactly where it is and nobody touches it whereas at home my mom will move some things if she cleans and I’m not as organized. It’s really comfortable here and I have everything I need. Everything has its own purpose. I don’t live too far from home so I see my family often and I can Skype them.

Kaya

I love my room. It’s like a little cabin on top of a city. I think as long as you’re comfortable in it then any place can really be like home. This is adapted to be another home for me although my parents are divorced and I already have two. My tapestries, my Mexican blankets and surrounding myself with pictures of home has helped a lot. The separation has got to me a lot because I love my homes and everything. I miss my brothers and my parents but if I keep little bits of them around it keeps getting easier and easier. I felt constrained at the beginning of the year but you really learn to come into your own thing after moving away so far from home like I did. It felt kind of sterile at the beginning and once I got the hang of things it really came into itself. This is my safe place now. I can imagine myself being constrained outside on the street, which is a funny place to think about being constrained, but my little space is actually more comfortable than being out in the big bad world.

Sam

I wish I could do more with the space but these walls are awful. I like the view, it’s really nice. At night all the lights are on and Ryerson’s across the way. It’s nice to look out before going to bed. It’s just so different because I come from a small town and so I wouldn’t have that chance to see buildings and hear the sounds of the traffic. Sometimes when my room gets really messy I just have to clean everything. I’ve always had a thing with shapes. When I clean I have to make sure things look aesthetically pleasing. I have my books and I love movies and TV shows so I’ve thrown them all on the wall and Archie comics because of childhood. I wasn’t really attached to my old room and I haven’t completely settled into this room and made it the place that I want it to be but I know it’s temporary and a stepping stone almost. Once I’m able to get my own place I’ll be able to control everything and decorate as much as I want to. For now I’m just happy with what my room is.

Stephanie

It’s very cluttered but I like it. I light a lot of candles and put a lot of pictures up of my friends back home and my family. I put a lot of posters up on the walls and I have a lot of pillows and blankets – so I clutter it myself. The fact that it’s a temporary home makes me feel better about it because it’s really shitty but I know that I’m leaving soon. At the very beginning it wasn’t very homey but once I put all my stuff in and hung pictures it felt like my room back home. My room back home and my room here kind of have the same feeling to them.

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