September was a busy month. After flying in from California on the 30th of August I went to my roommate’s house in Rhode Island from which we prepared to move into the apartment on the 1st. When we moved in, the apartment was left in pretty poor condition so we spent the first three days driving in from Rhode Island in the morning then cleaning or painting for a few hours and in the evening driving back to Road Island to sleep and eat. While it would have been nice to be able to move into the apartment the day we got to the city, having to do some work wasn’t unexpected and the real estate agency was willing to reimburse us for the materials we needed to buy. Now that we have moved into the apartment it is really nice to have a clean, open, and most of all a personal room. Hopefully, this whole endeavor is rewarding enough for the time and energy spent on it.
So far I am happy with living off campus but there are some cons to renting from a private company instead of getting a dorm room on campus. The most noticeable is that if I lived on campus my classes would only be about 5 minutes away while from my apartment it takes about 15. On the flip side of this, the grocery store and Target are only 5 minutes away instead of 15 which makes it easier to go grocery shopping and prepare meals myself. Another mark against the off-campus apartment would be that we are on the fourth floor and don’t have an elevator in the building. However, I quickly got used to walking the steps and now appreciate it as a mandatory workout. Overall I am happy with my choice to move into the Fenway but I understand that it wouldn’t be the best choice for everyone.
After coming back from winter break my classes started up again pretty quickly. Especially in my studio and drawing classes. However, I still found enough time to go to the gym here on campus and to go out into the city when the weather permitted. In addition to my classes this semester, I also made a point to attend the many guest lectures which the design professors organize for the students. My two favorites were from a Wentworth graduate who is now doing design work for Bose and the lead designer for Nerf at Hasbro toys. Both presentations helped me to further understand what life is like as a professional designer. After attending it was a lot clearer to me which skills are most emphasized by the industry.
Life in the Evansway dorm this semester has continued to be pretty comfortable. My suitemates and I all get along well and often help each other with assignments since we are in many of the same classes. The dorm isn’t far from any of my classes and is close enough to the Fenway to attend games and carry back groceries from Target or Star Market. The one thing I wish I had access to is a kitchen somewhere on campus or even just a counter to prepare food standing and not at a desk.
Even though I found that on-campus housing was a good experience this first year for the next three I will be moving off campus into an apartment in the Fenway area. I chose to do this mostly because as an out of state student from the west coast I found that moving in and out of housing every year and needing to go home over winter and spring break was extremely costly and difficult to organize. Off-campus housing, however, gives me a year-round space to live in and has the potential of being less costly than on campus housing if I stay in the city for my co-ops and organize a roommate. However, this does limit my flexibility when it comes to the location of where I could do my internships. During the whole process of finding an off-campus solution for next year, Wentworth Housing was very helpful in figuring out the logistics on their side of things and made the process really straightforward.
In all, I have really liked my first year at Wentworth and am really looking forward to my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. For these last two weeks, I have to focus on getting my final projects and presentations ready for my review. Once I have them figured out I will certainly write a post summarizing what I achieved this year in my classes.