I’m closing out a year with my first roommates in the “real world”. We’re all moving on to new housing opportunities, but I think I’ll always remember my year in 512. Over the last year, I navigated my first professional job. I managed a budget. I did my taxes (well, my roommate-the-CPA helped).
Jessie and Jaime taught me essential survival skills that I would otherwise be helpless without:
- Don’t buy “tub” frosting; make it from scratch.
- Per #1, it is completely acceptable to bake, but only one-tenth of said baked goods may remain in the apartment. The rest must be distributed elsewhere.
- Why go to a store when you can shop online?
- Per #3, clothing should make an appearance in the form of a “fashion show” for the other roommates, who will offer either praise or recommendations.
- Saturday mornings are meant for lots of coffee and the VHI Music Video Countdown.
- There is no judgment in apartment 512 (i.e. When working through issues with the opposite sex, all roommates will commiserate together by eating homemade baked mac and cheese with a glass of wine).
- You can never eat enough vegetables, which may include, but are not limited to: squash, zucchini, kale and brussel sprouts. The more exotic the vegetable, the better.
- There will always be awkward moments in the laundry room with neighbors we only ever see in the laundry room.
- Not every roommate will convert to Twitter (Meg tried to Twitter-vangelize them, but to no avail).
- Keep a coupon binder like the people on the show “Extreme Couponing” and be proud of it. Savvy shopping is rewarded!