Story by Morgan Gstalter
Photos Courtesy Morgan Gstalter
While some people may simply pack up their room in their parent’s house and ship it to Drake, some first-year students have gone above and beyond to help make their room feel more like home.
Roommates Taylor Hamberg and Maggie Dickman, for example, color coordinated their room.
“We definitely planned ahead,” Hamberg said when speaking of their navy, green and pink bedding. “Bright and fun colors help keep the room lively. And I just feel like I have my life together when I’m color coordinated.”
To tie in the colors, they also worked in two neon pink ottomans that double as seating and storage. Taylor says, “Seating is essential. If not, there’s nowhere for people to sit. Basically, it’s ‘I’ll just stand awkwardly here.'”
Let’s be honest, though. Ottomans aren’t always the highest on first-year students’ priority levels. Wall space is a key component. Dickman and Hamberg optimized that with photo collages and One Direction posters (“All on Maggie’s side,” Hamberg added quickly.), you have either a half or a third of wall space to optimize on, so accept the challenge to make your pale yellow walls appealing to the eye.
Lindsay Carlson bought two pieces on a recent summer trip to Venice Beach to add some spice to her boring wall. The first is a bright pink poster of Audrey Hepburn, circa her “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” days, and the second being a multi-color burlap print.
“The guy I bought it from looked just like Bob Marley and he lived out of his band. I thought it was really pretty, with the peace sign and all the colors. And it’s unique. I saw similar things in stores being advertised, but this is an original,” she said.
Carlson also had a Drake flag hanging off the side of her cabinet. Who still has those pennants that were sent out by the Admissions Office? Take a trip to the bookstore and buy some Bulldog gear to show your pride. Your room is also a great place to hang your traditions checklist poster provided to you by the Student Alumni Association. School spirit is a must and always appreciated in a Drake residence hall.
If you are really lucky, like Anastasia Yablochkin who lives in a single, your four walls are all your canvas. She’s taken to beginning a kite mural over her bed. She has already taken the time to individually cut out the shapes of the kites, but it’s taking some work.
“I’m not done yet. I’ll add more detail and the string to it when I get a chance,” she said.
DIY projects not only help occupy your time during your study breaks, but they always help add some personality. Take Olivia Kessler, for example. One afternoon, before coming to Drake, she decided to design and detail some wooden letters that spell out her initials. She said, “I was bored, but it was a lot more fun than I expected.”
Your dorm room is home here in Des Moines until May. Whether you’re from 15 minutes away or 15 hours, take the opportunity to explore Pintrest boards for room ideas, fun DIY projects and organizational techniques to make your room one of the coolest on the floor.