Hi, my name is Mariah Kaercher and I am a sophomore living in Kirkland Hall.
I live in a four bedroom suite with three roommates. I have made so many memories with these girls that I will never forget. They are my good friends and we have shared a lot of laughs and have had many movie nights. No matter how busy your life gets, make sure you spend time with your roommates.
Since I live in a four bedroom suite, I get my own room. There are suites with only two bedrooms where you have to share, but I have my own room. In my room there is a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a closet and a dresser that, when you first arrive, is in the closet. I have chosen to leave my dresser in the closet, but I know my other roommates chose to move it out of the closet. In the closet, there are two white shelves. In addition to the closet, the dresser is pretty large and has three large drawers. The desk is pretty nice, having two drawers in it. One of my favorite things about this room though, is the black curtain. The black curtain blocks out a lot of light, meaning you can sleep well in darkness but it also means you can take a nap at any point in the day. I take naps a lot, and trust me these curtains are really useful!
Besides my bedroom, there is a common area in our room. Unfortunately, the common area isn’t very big but we’ve squeezed in a bean bag chair and another chair. We also have a small table with a microwave on it. Since the common area is very small, don’t bring too much. In our room, there is two sinks with a lot of drawers. I like this a lot because when divided between all of our roommates, I have two drawers for all of my beauty supplies. In the suite rooms, there is our own shower. I love having my own shower. I can just go and take a shower without bringing a little shower bag every time. I recommend putting a shelf unit in your shower room, because then you can put all of your shower stuff on the shelf so it’s there each time you take a shower.
Living in Kirkland also involves more cleaning because it isn’t just a basic dorm room. You have a common area to vacuum, a toilet, sink and shower room to keep clean. Your RA will check to see if your bathroom or shower room is clean. If it isn’t, your RA will make you clean it and check your room again in a day or so. This isn’t as bad as you would think, because you do have other roommates who will help out. In my room, our roommates have divided who cleans what on what week but it’s important to always clean up after yourself.
There are a couple of differences between Kirkland versus other dorms. For one thing, Kirkland has air conditioning which is great when you arrive in August. Another difference is the kitchen. The kitchen in Kirkland is very nice! It’s even nicer than the kitchen at my house. However, I have never used this kitchen because it is shared between everyone on the res hall floor, and every time I’ve wanted to make some food, someone else is using the oven or the toaster. So, unfortunately it is often very busy and hard to use sometimes.
One last thing that’s important to know about living in Kirkland is the expense. It’s more expensive to live in Kirkland (or New Center) than any of the other dorms so it’s something that you should consider when choosing between res halls.
Overall, I have enjoyed living in Kirkland and I love being with my roommates. I do recommend living here, but keep in mind that Kirkland is expensive. However, Kirkland has many features that aren’t in other dorms such as air conditioning, a really big kitchen and its right next to some of the campus buildings. Kirkland Hall is right next to Kryzsko Commons and Minne so food and classes are just minutes away. Really, could you ask for more??