Everyone always told me what great discussions I’d have in college, and though I do have some in class, the random debates with my toommates that break out at strange times are probably what I enjoy most about life here. Those discussions, in turn, make me very grateful for having such wonderful roommates. Though they can be messy or noisy at times, I can live with those things. Living with someone I couldn’t talk to is about the hardest thing I can imagine. I enjoy sharing a room with people who can manufacture an hourlong discussion about existentialism from a single complaint about not understanding Kierkegaard.
Case in point: last night, one roommate and I were alone in our room, and we ended up talking for about an hour and a half, at least, about everything from gay rights to feminism. Another roommate came in at the end of that hour and a half, and promptly joined the discussion which went on to cover high school marching band, friendships, and “jokes” that we just can’t tolerate. I don’t even remember how the discussion started.
Today, Quidditch practice was canceled, so I got my workout helping one roommate de-loft her bed. So much more space in the room now! And that process ended up in a discussion about yoga, what joints we can crack, and a certain overly talkative friend.
Sometimes, this tendency for random debates is a little frustrating. Much as I enjoy discussing why sex is so taboo for forty-five minutes, that is not the best idea when it’s ten pm and I’m trying to write a page in French about Pascal’s worldview.
But most of the time, I love it. Such as just now, when I stopped typing for a few minutes to have a conversation that is a little too… awkward… to post here.
Bottom line: When you come to college, make friends you can talk to for hours, not friends who make you “look cool” or “fit in.”
Posted on October 9th, 2011 by Rukmini Girish
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