Years in 2000:
In an interview with three members of the class
2004, I learned that first year bonds are just
as import today. Sarah Dougan (Doobie), Sarah
Fucci, and Rachel Kahn all lived in Mead Hall
their first year and made immediate friends
with 10 or so other women they lived with.
These women did practically everything together.
The three of them laughed hysterically as they
all the games they played, music they listened
to, and movies they watched. They shared stories
about piling all the mattresses into one room
for a giant slumber party, having crazy group
study sessions during finals and playing practical
jokes on each other as well as their stuffed
animals. Everyday their whole group would return
to the dorm for lunch and dinner. Dining Services
played a very social role in their lives that
first year. While Doobie, Sarah and Rachel
not on work study everyone else in their clique
was. Working in the dining hall was just as
community oriented as their big group dinners.
In fact, all three of the women confessed to
excitedly volunteering to take shifts in the
dining hall just to get paid to say “hi”
to everyone as they came in for dinner. First
semester of their first year was spent
socializing with only the people with whom
Doobie, Sarah and Rachel claim to have branched
out a little beyond the dorm second semester
of their first year. In the fall, Sarah had
joined the Rugby Team and by the spring she
had convinced Doobie and Rachel to join her.
But, when they all got snowed in together and
school was cancelled they could
not have been happier. They spent what turned
out to be a four day weekend all
together with most of the other first years
in the dorm watching movies and sipping hot
cocoa under blankets in the Mead common room.
Room Choosing: The first
years of Mead pulled really good lottery
it came to choosing dorms. They still couldn’t
all live together like they had first year,
but they managed to split up between the Rockies
and Pearsons Everyone was satisfied.
Reflections: Undoubtedly these
women’s social lives were shaped by where
they lived. This group of what was sometimes
thirteen women relied completely upon their
dorm mates for all forms of friendship, entertainment
and social life. They used eating and working
in the dining hall, school work and practically
any other excuse, as a means of coming together.