Freshman year with no a/c

I was full of excitement when I entered university so many years ago.

The day of move-in was momentous, and I had my small SUV packed to the brim with my clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, guitars, and everything else I decided to take with myself and others to my current dorm.

Since my university was an minute drive from my mom’s house, I was close enough to current home for simple convenience however far enough away to feel some degree of separation. Things fell into locale perfectly as I instantaneously hit it off with my roommate—we both listened to the same tunes, played the same video games, and shared a love for literature and movie. Even dividing up space in the dorm and sharing our lavatory resulted in little if any fuss. But, there was a single thing in recognizable we both noticed instantaneously—there was no air conditioner of any kind in the outdated building. No central AC and no window or portable units in the rooms. The frigid temperature dictated necessary central heat, however we still were anxious for the sizzling late-Springtime stage that would mark the end of the third Springtime semester. Until then, we would go through Fall and eventually the snowy Winter time period, much of which is spent at current home on holiday break. When we finally got to late Springtime, the several of us cobbled enough money together to buy a cheap window unit. Although we weren’t technically supposed to have those types of appliances in our rooms because of the amount of electricity they run on, we trudged forward with the plan regardless. Thankfully, we were never caught and our window air conditioner system got us through that year and the a single that followed before we were eligible to live in the newer dormitory buildings.

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