By Aisha Saleem
For most college students, living in a dorm completes the total college experience, and, since most Barnard students live in dorms, decorating the space is of utmost importance. Although you probably don’t spend the majority of your time in your room, you do ultimately return to it at the end of a long day. For this reason, many students have chosen to decorate their dorms, in order to bring more color and life to the room. Depending on the size of the room and personal preferences, the ways Barnard student approach decorating are different.
Two of the most common things used in dorms are fairy lights and posters (taped up with blue painter’s tape, of course). Many students purchase normal, white fairy lights, usually from Amazon. The lights not only look cool in pictures but can also add more light to the room. Other students go another route and purchase lights in another color, which gives the room a different vibe. My roommate decided to purchase bright pink lights, which makes the room much calmer and more comfortable.
The majority of students also decide to put up posters and pictures which reflect their passions and things they admire. The most typical way to brighten up the bland walls is with personal pictures, as they are cheap and remind students of their family. Others fill their room with motivational posters or posters that reflect their interests. In my room, I hung up my high school graduation cap right next to a poster that says, “the tassel was worth the hassle.” The cap reminds me of my high school years, and the quote on the cap, “Find Your Fire,” reminds me of why I am doing the things that may seem difficult. Although I don’t necessarily pay attention to the emotional importance of the cap during stressful times, I like to wake up to in the morning.
Barnard students also know something about style and coordination. Too many decorations can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if it’s not positioned correctly. Sometimes less is more. First-year student, Elifsu Gencer, has only about 5 posters, yet the color coordination and spacing creates a very welcoming space. Other students use their artistic talents to embellish their dorms with paintings and drawings. Some even sell their art to help others beautify their dorms. My roommate uses her own paintings to cover up the cracks on the walls and to go along with the theme of the room.
Regardless of the different ways we choose to decorate their dorms, each technique is a representation of who we are and what we admire the most. These decorations make the dorm feel more like home and help to complete the full college experience.