Tomomi - Blog 1
In this blog you will read Tomomi's introduction and about life in the dorm.
I guess most people reading this blog are new international students that are coming to Oshkosh this coming semester. I know how excited you are, and I understand you feel a little bit scared of new experiences at the same time. I’m almost done with a year study abroad as an exchange student at UW Oshkosh and decided to write blogs for new international students before I go back home. I am going to write about some of my experiences and what I wanted to know before I came to Oshkosh, so I hope this blog will help you understand what life is like here.
My first impression of Oshkosh was “Wow, there’s nothing here.” Looking down at the ground right before the plane landed at the airport near Oshkosh, I hardly saw tall buildings. The only thing I saw was green plain fields. So, get ready if you come from a big city. I believe my dorm is the tallest building in Oshkosh. There’s nothing here. No, now I would say there’s nothing except beautiful nature. Little squirrels and rabbits running around on campus, beautiful sunset over the Fox River, leaves turning yellow and red, snow, snow, snow, huge lake like an ocean, snow and snow, lying on the grass under the sun…the nature in Wisconsin is very beautiful. Whatever your first impression may be, you will love Oshkosh after a few weeks or months.
Looking back at the past nine months, one of the things I enjoyed a lot was living in the dorm. A dorm is one of the places you can meet many new people and have fun with your friends. I lived in South Gruenhagen where lots of international students live, and I made many friends with people from different countries and Americans there.
A room has only basic furniture such as microwave and refrigerator, so you will need more stuff such as hangers, tissue, and sheets, but you don’t have to be worried about it because you can buy those things after you arrive in the states. If you like to cook, there is a kitchen in the basement, so it would be nice to buy and share some cooking utensils and dishes with your friends to cook. There is a computer lab on the first floor, so you can use a computer and a printer for free with your ID, though your own room has Internet access with both Wi-Fi and cable too. Talking of ID, don’t forget to carry your ID with you. You need ID when you receive packages at the front desk, when you borrow a kitchen key, when you unlock doors to enter the dorm, and when you go back to your room after 9:30pm. If you charge money to your ID card, which is called Titan dollars, you can buy snacks and drinks from vending machine and use both washing machine and dryer by swiping ID card. Each floor has a lounge. The lounge is a nice place to relax and hang out with people while watching TV and sitting on the sofa. Some people use the lounge to study after the library closes.
Talking with a roommate before going to bed, studying together till late in the lounge, celebrating friends’ birthdays, cooking and sharing your own country’s food in the kitchen, playing music and hanging with friends all night on the weekend, everything that I did with my friends in the dorm was memorable and made my study abroad richer. After living in the dorm for nine months, I feel the dorm is my real home and my friends are my real family, so I am sure I will definitely miss them. I hope you will enjoy your dorm life too.