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May 12, 2008

Sophomore Stories: Tales from Crazytown

Filed under: college,PennState,roommates — by heatherdc @ 1:18 am

After spending the summer at home, it was hard to go back. I wasn’t sure if this was the right school for me, and I hated to be so far away again. The first night in our new dorm room, Em and I stayed up for hours talking and talking and talking. We had so much to catch up on, and we picked up right where we had left off. I felt at home again, and I remembered why I came back.

We decided to call our room “Crazytown”. Mostly because of a few “inside jokes”, and also because that’s exactly what it was. It would turn out that I’d only be there for one semester, but that was one awesome semester. A lot can happen in four months.

Early on I decided that I was going to do an internship that would mean I’d live in central Florida for Spring semester. On a random Monday night I ran into two girls putting up posters for this program, and I uncharacteristically stopped to chat it up with them. That “chat” changed the rest of my experience at Penn State.

They knew somebody (Larisa, aka LB) who would be driving to the auditions for the program and would probably give me a ride. I jumped at the opportunity, e-mailed her, and we decided to have a lunch date. We “hit it off”, and I hopped in a car with her and Sally for a road trip the next weekend. We got lost, almost missed the audition itself, sang loudly to Mariah Carey, danced danced danced, chowed down on McDonalds, and somehow made it back alive. I remember calling my mom that night and telling her that these girls were awesome!! I remember saying that “we just clicked”.

From there we would move on to going to football games together, dressing up for Halloween together, having lunch dates on Friday at McElwain because they had Spaghettios….and I reallyyy like Spaghettios.

Em & I invited them over for a night in “crazytown”, and let me tell you…it was a little crazy. We did a Christmas-music themed power hour ( I survived until about minute 34, ehhhhh), and snacked on a ridiculous amount of chips and Chex-Mix. We didn’t know it then, but this was only the beginning to our roommate love story, and the start of many many many nights together.

(this picture, um, sums up the night. oh, man)

In January, LB and I departed on the adventure of our college career. We met up in Florida, and found ourselves in an apartment with 6 other girls. Yes, we lived with 8 girls in one apartment. It was ridiculous, and one of the best experiences of my life. We were all on the same program, and came from very different places. The next four months would be spent working at the *happiest* place on Earth, playing, enjoying life without classes/tests/school, growing up, and learning a lot about each other. We made a few trips to the beach, a lot of trips to the theme parks, and had a few visitors along the way. The experience came at just the right time, a nice little break from college and the winter of central Pennsylvania.

I needed that year to realize how much I loved Penn State. I had no idea how much I would miss this place. I knew that coming back in the Fall things would be very different. Amy would be graduated and gone, and I would miss her so much. Emily, Larisa, and Sally would be my roomies and we would have our first college apartment. I would be a Junior, and I would be completely in love with this college life of mine.



  1. I’ve been catching up here and I must say, I’m getting all choked up about leaving college (sniff) and packing up and being a big college graduate (sob!) Good memories here, huh? Are you off on your big trip?! Finals go ok? Hope so.

    Comment by CuriousC — May 12, 2008 @ 7:50 am |Reply

  2. This is good stuff, heather. as i’ve told LB, hold on to these memories….you will long for them. Good stuff.

    Comment by Mike — May 12, 2008 @ 10:59 pm |Reply

  3. Aw… fun.
    I am sure it is all becoming so real that school is over.
    How are you holding up???
    I know your finals are over, so I’ll write you and e-mail tomorrow!
    I am sure this is a sad… but exciting time!! 🙂

    Comment by Jen — May 13, 2008 @ 8:23 pm |Reply

  4. i have never seen that picture of you wearing the antlers with LB. You always did look really good in brown…

    Comment by peter — July 16, 2008 @ 2:32 pm |Reply

  5. Thinking back on it, Disney was our first date! Pretty damn good first date if you ask me. Our dinner date at The Macaroni Grill was perfect (and you even tried the bruschetta despite hating raw tomato). Knowing my own personality i find it a little strange that i wasn’t shy or awkward in the slightest. That trip changed my life Freckles.

    Comment by peter — July 16, 2008 @ 2:40 pm |Reply

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