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American Freshman Dormitory : Sw Eden first room

Written by Sw Eden since the first year in the United States. Describe what the bedroom looked like, and the experience through the room. Sw Eden did not explain the roommate-sharing stuff such microwave, television and bathroom. After being the Freshman, Sw Eden moved out to rent his own room, because of the unacceptable behavior of roommate and its friends.

Having a good roommate is the best thing in the dormitory life.
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More important to me than any room in the apartment is my own bedroom. it has decorations that reflect my own personality. Walking up to entrance of my bedroom, you will notice that it is very small and cozy.

When you look up to middle of the room, you see a single size bed covered with my micro-fiber blanket. When you take a look at my room, it may seem very messy to you. But someone who is in this room can have lots of sweet dreams. Next to my bed, in the left corner of room, is a small drawer. This is very useful for me; Sw Eden keeps much stuff in it. On the top of drawer, there are some of my drawings for my pleasure before Sw goes to bed. Also there are different types of my roommate’s shampoo. Next to the shampoo, there is my cold body powder which Sw Eden uses in the hot day. Behind the body powder, Sw Eden has a basket of some little personal items, such as, Christmas socks, Knee socks and many Halloween socks.

This shot was taken in the room in Koh Chang Tropicana. We stay there 2-3 nights. I swam in the lovely pool of this resort. The pool is near the beach. I can jump out from the pool and jump down to the sea.
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On the bed, there is my black school bag and many papers of homework that seem to show a very natural human character which does pretend to study. On the right side of the room is my desk covered with many writing and painting supplies and a lamp. Besides, there is a wooden snake toy right front of the lamp with my chain. Next to my desk, there are bags full of empty. It means that Sw Eden likes to drink a lot of milk until Sw Eden corrects at least two bags of empty bottles to get some deposits back. Next to the drawer, Sw Eden has a guitar that Sw Eden loves a classical sound when Sw Eden plays it. My window is behind the desk that Sw Eden can look at the sky when Sw Eden studies. There is a beautiful view outside the window although there are three buildings around. The reason that make me feel, they are so beautiful is my roommate that its place are so terrible to see. Anyway, Sw Eden always feels good to have a nice day in this room without this roomate.

Also, Sw Eden wants to tell about the picture which hangs on the middle wall. This is one of my favorite bands, Marilyn Manson. The members from the left to the right hand side are, Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie Francis White) – ex. bassist, John5 (John Lowery) – ex. guitarist, Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) – vocalist, leader Ginger Fish (Franklin Kenneth Robert Wilson) – drummer, and Madonna Wayne Gacy. All members take their name from Hollywood women stars and serial murders. Pictures of these people and my own drawings can be a really good friends for me in this lonely room. To feel lonely is always better than to have a noisy roommate. In that case, there is a time to discover the treasures of my bedroom. Every bedroom has its own treasures but not everyone realizes the powers that we hold, the power of relax, and the power of sleep.

To feel lonely is always better than to have a noisy roommate.
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Welcoming Celebration for the Fresh Men (รับน้อง)

This is 2 years after those days, I believe that all my friends who stood with me in that darkness can remember as same as me. Really, it was just a kind of celebration for the fresh men in University, but the seniors did it in negative way. They were just older than us, the fresh men, only 2 years. They said that what they did, are important and beneficial for us, and we all had to do the same thing, but until now, I have never found any benefit that they gave us.

The seniors faked and betrayed the fresh men. Because the university was in country where was far from Bangkok city around 2 hours on high way, whose parents did not have car or did not have time, had to rent apartments or rooms for their children. For my house, it was just 1 hours to get the university, so I did not need any room for staying there. For the students who lived in that province, they should not rent any room, too. When the first day at university came, the senior tried to pretend us that everybody all had to rent a room because the first year Architecture students had a lot of homework and a lot of group work, and many time, we had to stay at studio till midnight. Most of my friends believed them, and that was possible for us who were not the sophisticate. I believed them, too, so I asked my parent to rent a room for me, and that was pretty expensive because I did nothing on it after I know the realistic of the savage seniors. The first year student did not have any hard homework or a lot of group work. We had never stayed at studio till midnight, but we had to stay at lower level from 6 pm till midnight on Monday to Friday. The savage seniors always called every fresh man to be there and began roar around us who had to close the eyes and bow the head down. They called this act, “the repair”, it meant the repair of our behavior because they thought that our behavior was wrong, anyway it was right. I was one of the fresh men who could not escape from this rule, but when I could not endure with the seniors’ jeering roaring anymore, I swore with myself that I would never come to “the repair” again. After that, I was in the dilemma between I hated to go to “the repair”, and all my friends who could not bring me to “the repair” had to get the punishments from seniors. Most punishments were push-up for the boys and sit on the air for the girls.

Once in that semester, we had a lot of individual homework and had to finish it within one day, but we had to go to “the repair”, too. That was not my problem because I would not go there, but it was my friends’ problem. There was a group of pretending seniors who seemed like kind women, they advise some of my friends to copy the homework for other students and let other students go to “the repair” without doing any homework, so my friends did. When the deadline of that homework came, The professor knew that my friends was the copiers for all students in the class, that was evidently from that pretending seniors who told the professor. The professor deducted every student’s grade and deduct my grade, too although my homework was not from that copier friends. I grasped that we were just the foolish of the betraying senior who could not have any pretext.

All he seniors’ rules were so absurd to do. They always told the first year students in “the repair” that 1) Who were here before are older, and who were here after were younger: 2) The olders were greater than younger: 3) If the olders did something wrong, went back to see 1) and 2). That was the reason why the fresh men had to do everything by the seniors’ orders. There was an order which I thought that was a little right, but it was still absurd, the girls could not be in any place without the boy. Really, it kept us to stay secure, but in university was already secure because there were only students from other major who walked around as same as book store or library in a regular university. Here also meant I could not go somewhere with only the female friends, too. In my opinion, if I went as a group of girls, I did not need the have a boy in the group all the time. Each girl had to have a male buddy to follow every time. If the seniors saw a girl or many girls go somewhere without the boy, they would remember and punished the buddies of those girls to push-up. The senior also wanted us to remember all friends’ student ID. I thought this was the most stupid thing to do. There were more than 90 students in my major, and each student had 7 numbers in student ID. If they found that I could not remember, they would blame me in front of all my friends that I did not care them.

A year later when my friends were not the fresh men anymore, there was no rule and “the repair” (ซ่อมน้อง) so we was able to do whatever we wanted, but many things that the seniors left were still stick to us. Most of us hated the senior. Some of us hated each other who let them get the punishment. There were 2 students had gasp disease, they were easy to have convulsion when they were tired. One of the two was a girl. The tall seniors crowd around her and blamed that she was not endure. For the boy, the seniors pushed him down and let him wallow on the floor, then he convulsed, but the seniors did not have any drug for him. Our parents also hated the seniors especially the boys’ parents. The male seniors required 200 baths from each first year students to buy alcohol for their party, but some students did not have enough money, they had to ask from their parents. Another thing that they did for celebration of the welcoming us was the boys who wore their new uniform (because they are 1 year student, they had new uniform.) had to wallow in soggy mud. The seniors did not think about the parents who just brought new uniforms for their child. After that, those uniforms could not be washed so the students had to throw them away. More than the bad things that the seniors left for us, they also left the bad health. Most of the male fresh men had never smoked before, but the seniors forced them to smoke till they became addicts. These were just some bad things that we could not left then behind.

This smack was so strong, hard and bitter. I did not want to keep it for my juniors when I became the senior. I said solely to my friends who wanted to do this to our juniors as same as what we got together. They just ignored and said that was the tradition of Architecture in this university. For the professors, they did not care, and some of they also support because those professor had been the senior before. Now, I do not understand how they can be happy on other pain, or it was just for revenge to the next juniors.

Words and Photos : Sw Eden (สว อิเฎล)

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