USA Exchange: Inside My Apartment

My apartment building - Woodrow
My apartment building, Woodrow, in winter

Prior to this year, I had never lived away from home. I had also never washed my own clothes. And I had only ever used a stove once. My cooking abilities extended only to baking and defrosting. I know some of you are probably thinking that this is appalling for a 21-year-old (and probably pitying the man that marries me, because I do not sound “domesticated”). So, what did I decide to do? Move to the other side of the world for half a year. Yes, you could say I am a woman of extremes. I like to go from zero to a hundred. And the adjustment has been surprisingly easy. I am yet to destroy any of my clothes in a washing machine or poison myself with salmonella. I bet I just jinxed myself. Anyway, this exchange has been a very significant part of my life in many ways, so I wanted to document the inside of my very first home away from home! I will miss it. And I really just want to show my parents that I have the capacity to keep something clean…

Me with my suitemate, Rachael
Me with my suitemate, Rachael

I live in on-campus housing at the University of South Carolina. It is compulsory for all exchange students. The particular building I live in is called “Woodrow“, named after President Woodrow Wilson, who lived in Columbia for several years as a child. The building itself is 100 years old. It is in a prime location on campus, right in the middle of all the important stuff. I live in a two-bedroom apartment on the top floor with a lovely American girl. Living with a stranger was something that initially concerned me, but I have not had any issues whatsoever. It has been great. So, thank you, Rachael!

And without further ado, here is the inside of our apartment.


My bedroom

My bedroom is small, but adequate. It was important for me to have little touches of home around the place. You can spot an Australian flag, Vegemite and notes from family and friends. I also bought myself a little plant, because I wanted something to make the room feel a bit less stuffy. I have miraculously managed to keep it alive. The colours of my bedspread are similar to my one back in Australia, which I did on purpose – mainly because I like the bright colours.

bedroom1

Notes from home on my desk
Notes from home on my desk
My window sill
My window sill
My dresser and wardrobe
My dresser and wardrobe

Kitchen and living area

This is where my culinary prowess comes into action. See that microwave? It has defrosted a lot of delicious meals. No, I have learnt to cook for myself. I like this area of the apartment, even though it is very dated. I often have friends over to “pregame” (this is the American version of predrink) in here. Basically nothing in this area belongs to me. It either comes with the apartment or belongs to Rachael and her previous suitemate. I cannot take credit for anything.

The kitchen
The kitchen
The living area
The living area
One of the fun times had in this space
One of the fun times had in this space

Bathroom

Like the rest of the apartment, the bathroom is dated too. The shower is a bizarre and, at times, uncomfortably small triangular shape. Other than that, I do not really have anything to say about the bathroom.

The bathroom vanity
The bathroom vanity and toilet
The shower
The shower

View

I just had to include this photo, because this is the sunset I saw out of my bedroom window one afternoon. It was spectacular. I absolutely love having my bed against the window… Well, except when I have to make it.

Sunset from my bedroom window
Sunset from my bedroom window

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