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Memories From the Dorm Days…

Pawel Lasko presenting the robot he designed with his team (09.06.10)

Sometimes the best thing about memories is sharing them just to see if others find them as amusing as you do.

Not all of you have lived or are living in a dorm. However, you must have heard some stories in the dorm-days category.  If anyone might ask you to describe a regular day in your life as a student living in the dorm, you’ll probably answer “study, study, study.” Especially now, at the beginning of the exam session, it is only natural, should someone ask you “How does your day look like?”, to answer promptly, “Oh, I study, of course I do!”

What if you were to look back at those particular events and surprises that have spiced up your day and possibly troubled your  in the night’s sleep? Places to hang, eat a great meal, discounts that make it worth having a student ID, daily occurrences, you name it.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez remembers, for example, that in his dorm days “dawns in the dormitory had a suspicious resemblance to happiness, except for the lethal bell that sounded the alarm at six in the middle of the night. Only two or three mental defectives would jump out of bed to be the first in line for the six showers of icy water in the dormitory bathroom. The rest of us used the time to squeeze out the last drops of sleep until the teacher on duty walked the length of the room pulling the blankets off the sleepers.” (Living to Tell the Tale, pp. 194-195)

He further remembers that “starting at  dawn, Guillermo Granados gave free rein to his virtues as a tenor with an inexhaustible repertoire of tangos.” With Ricardo Gonzalez Ripoll, his neighbour in the dormitory he would sing duets of Carribean guarachas to the rhythm of the rag they used to polish their shoes at the head of the bed and the stories continue… HILARIOUS!!!

So what do you do when you don’t cram for exams, read books at the library, attend courses and seminars at University or build robots for international competitions like the students in this picture? What does your “dorm” life look like? Is there anything that you might find difficult to forget – social, cultural, interpersonal, and so on?

Pawel, Piotr & Pawel

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