We like to stay pretty competitive here at The Thrill, and a Blog Off is one way we can definitively prove that one of us is objectively a better blogger (dare we say, a better person). So we leave it to you, the reader, to decide in a blind taste test who is really better as we square off on various topics.
This time we’re featuring two ~new writers~ we hired this semester, the impeccable Julia Lindsay ’18, and the infallible Yasmin Nesbat ’18. The topic- First-Year Real Estate. Let’s see which one of our newbies has more curb appeal!
McBride and Mather are the ultimate definition of a mixed bag. If you occasionally and metaphorically stick your hand in, sometimes you’ll come out with a 3 hour long dance party and other times just a damp smell and the looming knowledge that probably somewhere in the walls is a colony of rats planning their next attack.
In all honesty, Mather and McBride (affectionately referred to as “M&M”) have many endearing qualities. They’re air conditioned, which came in handy those first few weeks. Sure, you have to furiously gesticulate to alert the motion sensors, but you probably needed the cardio anyway (the Freshman 15 is NOT a myth, people–fresh fruit is a RARITY at this point, pizza flows through my VEINS). I don’t think I would have made any friends during orientation without air conditioning, because I actually would have ceased to exist and become a pile of sweat.
The rooms are cozy. College is about making new experiences and new connections. What better way to get to know someone than being forced to live within 2 feet of them at all times?!! By the end of two weeks, it soon became obvious that my roommate would know everything about me. If I’m making my sixth cup of coffee at 11:54 pm, she knows. If I unironically watch a Dixie Chicks music video, she knows. If I have a sinus infection she knows. There is nowhere to hide. Especially when I have a coughing attack at 6 am and hack up all of the lining in my lungs (I’m still very sorry).
Most importantly, Mather and McBride are always a money-back-guaranteed (not really) great time. Theres ping-pong, cinderblock walls, and the constant reminder that there are people living ten feet from you that you don’t even know! Last night I moderately blasted the hit single Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride by Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu at 1 am and no one told me to be quiet. If that isn’t a perfect example of what a good time looks like, I don’t know what is.
Listen up kiddos, living on the first year quad is like playing an intense, secret game of Russian roulette. The quad has provided me with its ups and (a notable amount of) downs, but there’s still no chance in hell I’d rather live in Mather/McBride. So let’s have a lil’ chit chat about why the quad, specifically Gund, is better than any other place on earth.
- You Will Make Lots of Norton and Lewis Friends. The five star amenities of Gund do not always allow for shower heads, hot water, or water in general. Unlike Mather/McBride kids, you will probably not be very close with your hallmates, but you will get really good at making friends with the other quadlings who actually have plumbing and decent water pressure.
- Lots of Room For Board Games. The beauty of the first year quad can really only be captured by walking into your friend’s McBride room and realizing that in the process of opening the door you’ve already broken their fish tank, slammed into two beds, and are now somehow stuck in their closet. You can call it “cozy” all you want, I can’t hear you over my copious amounts of friends all playing twister in my massive room.
- Cell Reception For Big Emergencies. Have you ever been to the Mather breezeway? Not only is there a strong possibility you’re going to have a Freddy Krueger moment there, but even if you don’t, you’ll never be able to send that text to that cute girl from your Pre-O that you’re right outside, but your K-Card fell off your lanyard and now you can’t get inside for the sick pregame! Fear not! The first year quad creates a good imitation of civilization by actually providing you with service to text your buds all about your incompetence whenever you’d like!
- We’re All Actually Sane. Want to avoid having a fire alarm go off every weekend? Want to sleep on a couch without getting Good Sam’d? Want there to not be hallcest every Friday? Welcome to the quad, we’d love to have you- do you know any good plumbers?