Breaking out of Your Shell

Right after I finished high school, I got accepted into Edinburgh on a full scholarship. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start my new journey in life. I felt like I had the whole world in my hands! Getting to college was so fun as well, my first day there I was sent to the Edinburgh student accommodation center, which was near the front office to figure out my accommodation situation. I was going to live in the dorms there and would have roommates. I had no idea that would be the best time of my life.

At first, I had no idea if I would be able to cope with roommates. I was an only child, so I had no one to bounce off of and was used to being by myself. When I moved into the dorm, one of my roommates introduced herself to me. I told her right off the bat that I had no idea how good of a roommate I would be since I was an only child. She laughed and told me “Me too!” and we bonded immediately over that. I could tell that we would be the ones that got along. However, turns out that our third roommate was also an only child.

The months after that were learning experiences for all of us. We all were so used to being alone that just seeing someone in the room sometimes made us jump, over time that got more and more normal to see someone around. The more normal it was to have people around, the more normal it got to living with other people. We started having parties, which we all agreed that we’d never normally do. We learned how to work together and all strived for the same things in our school work. We helped each other and every year we agreed to stay roommates. These were the best friends I had ever made.

The accommodation center was keen on all of us being only children. They put us together because they knew that we’d work together and figure out things that we needed to figure out. I still talk to my old college roommates and we all agreed that nothing was better than us all being together in the beginning.