One of the first things that came to mind while moving into the dorms at Hewitt was,
“Oh, so I must be Harry Potter because this is a closet.”
Everything was stone and hardened. The bed was a small twin XL and just the mattress and frame. The stagnant smell of a room devoid of circulation from the outside air. Plus, it was really hot. I put my things away just as my roommate came in. I had known him from my junior college and we had hung out a bit. So, we figured we could just room together. Why not, right?
Being roommates is like an art form. There are so many different elements that come into play and truly judge how you feel about the other person. At first, we had growing pains. We were fiercely independent people and he was 22, just a year younger than me. It was hard to try to experience everything when you had different ideas of what you wanted to experience. I had friends already here but he wasn’t a big fan of my friends so he went his own way but found that it isn’t easy starting an entirely new social structure. I am sure a lot of people find that.
It takes time and time actually helped for him and I.
It all started one night when he woke with possibly the worst nose bleed I have ever seen. It was late at night, around two or three. I tried to help him as much as I could and the thing we bonded over was that we both had an incredibly dark sense of humor. He would crack me up and then I would make him laugh which caused a torrent of ruby red blood to shoot from his nostrils. The cycle would continue for a bit until I realize, he looks grey. He normally has tan skin but now it is a stone grey color. His eyes started to look a bit heavy and I came to the conclusion, despite his anxiety about it that we needed to go to the hospital.
A friend dropped us off at BroMenn Hospital where we stayed until 5 a.m. We walked back, both of us delirious from sleep. Fast forwarding, I helped him out with doctor’s appointments and such. Fast forwarding to today and I now consider him one of my best friends, and it all started with a bloody nose.