How’s it going, everyone? So in my last post I told you about my first experiences with my first roommate in college. I really thought that she was just getting used to living away from home and that maybe she just dealt with stress in a strange way. I did my best to try and include her in things that I did on campus because she didn’t seem to be making any friends (or at least I didn’t know of any) but she always turned down my invitations. She went to class I think, but would always come back to the room and play that game on her laptop. We barely spoke to each other, not because I didn’t try. I really did try to get to know her. She just kept to herself and kept her earphones in her ears listening to who knows what.
So a few weeks into school, a couple of my friends walked back to my dorm room with me after class. I just needed to change clothes and then we were going to go hiking at Oak Mountain, a state park about 30 minutes from school. I opened the door to the room, expecting Lindsey to be there at her desk, but she was nowhere to be found. I knew it wasn’t time for her to be in class, but I didn’t really think too much about it, except that I was glad she was out doing something instead of being holed up in the room. My friends sat down on my bed while I ran into the bathroom to change.
Let’s go back to the summer before my freshman year in college. I was working part time, trying to save up as much money as I could before I left for school. My mom kept nagging me to take care of things like pick out new bedding materials and make a list of all the different things I would need in my dorm room. Like I had any idea what I needed. I got a letter from the college with my dorm assignment, my new roommates name (I had chosen to go with the random roommate for my first year), and a bunch of other information I can’t remember. I immediately pulled up my social media accounts and began to search for “Lindsey McWilliams” (name changed for privacy reasons) to see if I could get any hints as to what type of person she was.
I figured everyone is pretty transparent on their personal social media pages, so I could at least see what her interests were and what types of things she posted about. I really don’t judge people, so don’t think I was conjuring up this whole image of her in my head while I was looking for her. It was just a simple peek at her life before I got to know her myself. Think about it, I was about to live with this girl for an entire year, so I was curious.