Thanks to the carefree nature of my elementary and middle school years, I have experienced a fair share of field trips, including a couple to the Museum of Science, one to a theater production of “There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom,” one to a ranch, and a few others I can’t seem to think of at the moment. When high school came around, the notion of field trips was tragically displaced and represented instead by the title of ‘school-sponsored activity’ – not nearly as catch-phrase-y and often accompanied by a frustrating mass of release forms.
Regardless, it is my hope to now give you a virtual field trip of sorts – into my dorm: McCormick Hall :)
To begin with, here’s the front – in all its December snow-covered glory:
McCormick has two towers, each with seven floors and its own penthouse. The tower on the left (called the East Tower) is filled with several singles, whereas the tower the on the right (logically called the West Tower) consists of a mixture of singles, doubles, and triples.
On the first floor of McCormick, you’ll see a lot of little rooms called ‘date rooms,’ in which people generally lock themselves up during exam time and study until their brain cells are no less than fried. You’ll also see a courtyard:
And two large living rooms – appropriately named the Brown Living Room and the Green Living Room:
A lot of interesting goings-on take place in these living rooms – house meetings, dance practices, a capella rehearsals, study sessions, and much more. Right next to these living rooms is our dining hall:
McCormick’s dining hall is open for dinner five days a week (Sunday – Thursday, except during IAP – which makes me sad because I have to walk over to Baker dorm next door and don’t get a chance to fully exploit my potential to be lazy). The food isn’t bad – there’s a good deal of variety, and McCormick residents get a 50% discount at all the dorm dining halls (in addition to a $300 base semester fee). I get tired of the food every now and then, though, which is fine, since there’s a Shaw’s grocery store pretty close to campus :)
If you take the East Tower elevator up to the East Penthouse, this is what you’ll see:
Notice how clean everything is? It’s because boys can’t live at McCormick! Haha, just kidding. It’s true that boys can’t live here, but the cleanliness is not due to their absence but rather due to the amazing members of McCormick’s cleaning staff, all of whom are super-friendly and do a great job of keeping McCormick absolutely pristine. Unfortunately though, I still have to clean my own room. This is generally a serious concern, since room-cleaning takes on a somewhat lower priority during the school year…
The above picture was taken a long time ago by my roommate Jeanne ’13; while it accurately demonstrates the size of our room, it does not provide a faithful representation of the extent to which our room can look like utter chaos. I cleaned my side of the room at one point though, as evidenced by this picture:
So that basically concludes this field trip. During the Early Action Telethon, a lot of you new admits asked questions about dorms – I hope this helped out a little! Let me know if you’d like to know anything else about McCormick :)
Oh – one more thing: a view from the East Penthouse balcony –
See why I love my dorm? :D