Walking through the campus with my bags in tow, I looked around at all the students either running through the grass, lounging around, or moving their items into their respectful dorms. I grabbed my handle on my suitcase a little tighter and checked the college map for the right direction to my dorm. After 5 minutes of walking I finally made it. I stood in line and waited patiently to be called so I could get my room key. 15 minutes later I was standing in front of the person I assumed to be the R.A.
“Hello welcome to UCLA my name is Rebecca and I’m the R.A.” She greeted real chipper.
“Um, hello. I’m Patience Jones .”
“Ok Ms. Jones here’s your key and you’re on the 2nd floor room 215.” She stated while handing over my key.
“Thanks.” I replied with a smile.
I made my way to my room and unlocked the door. I looked around the empty room and saw that I was the first to arrive. I quickly placed my things on the bed furthest away from the door due to the closet being bigger and it had the most privacy. I began to put all my things away and make my bed when my phone started to ring.
“Hey ma.” I greeted into the speaker of my phone.
“Hey baby. What dorm and room are you in?”
“Um Hollywood Star room 215.”
“Ok. Have your roomie arrived yet?”
“Ok well open the door your brothers are carrying your fridge.”
I ended the call and opened the door. I let my brothers and my mom in and the placed everything on the floor.
”Slim you think you grown cuz you in college now huh guh’?” my brother Damien asked.
I shook my head and laughed. “Well you know, I aint up unda ma and pop roof no mo.” I said with a wink.
After a god hour or so my side was finally done to my liking. I kissed my mom and brothers bye after promising to call my mom later. I sat on my bed starring at the opposite side of the room wondering when my roommate would arrive.
Several hours later and still no sign of my roomie I grabbed my key id card and cell and decided to explore the school. I walked out the housing unit and was immediately knocked down by some guy.
“Oh s***!” He exclaimed while coming in contact with my body causing a loud thud to sound from me landing on the ground with him on top.
He quickly stood up and dust himself off. I on the other hand sat on the ground rubbing my head as I felt a knot forming from the impact of his blow.
“My bad I ain’t see you. Here let me help you up.” He offered with an outstretched hand.
I took his hand and with his help was able to stand. I brushed off the dirt on my leggings and shirt and sighed while rolling my eyes.
“Are you ok?” He asked concern etched into his deep voice.
“Yeah fine. Just watch where you going next time ok?” I stated harshly.
“Yo I said my bad ma.” He said giving me a once over.
“I heard. But in case you ain’t know, my bad ain’t no type of apology. The words you need to use are I’m sorry.” I stated while grabbing my phone off the ground.
I then looked to my right and decided to go in that direction.
“Aye you could at least thank me.” HE yelled after my disappearing figure. I slightly turned and looked at him.
“Thanks…for knocking me down a**hole.” I replied and continued to no specific destination.
I finally decided that I walked far enough and sat down in a grassy area on the quad. I unlocked my phone and decided to face time my best friend Heather. After connecting the phone rung three times before I was greeted to smiling friend.
“Hey girl!!! What’s going on?” My best friend of 7 years greeted.
“Hey babe. Nothing much just getting use to this schools’ all. How you dealing being at FAMU?” I asked genuinely interested.
“Girl s*** cray cray. We haven’t been on campus a good day yet and b****es already throwing hands and what not.” She sighed into the receiver.
“Damn that s*** is cray. Have you met your roomie?” I asked as I looked out over the quad.
“Yeah I met the ho. She seem like she a ho. I mean we had a convo for like 5 minutes and the b**** talked mainly bout dudes she’d f*** or will f***. I don’t know I had done zoned out. What about you? Did you meet your roommate? Did anything exciting happen yet?”
“Um let’s see. No, no roommate yet. Nothing exciting happened yet, well if you consider me getting knocked down by some jack ass a few minutes ago exciting, then yes yes it has.” I answered with a smirk.
“What!!!!!! Are you ok? Did you hurt yourself? Did you snap? Is he cute?” She rambled.
“Yes. No. Kinda. Idk, didn’t pay attention to that small detail seeing as I was on the ground.” I answered.
“Girl don’t make me drive up to LA to cut a b**** ass nigga.” She retorted.
I laughed at her silliness and continued chatting for a few more moments. After ending the call I decided it’d be best to head back to the dorm since it was getting dark. I stood and made my way back. After finally reaching my room I walked in to see that the other side of my room was decorated indicating that my mysterious roomie had finally arrived. Seeing as she was still M.I.A I grabbed my caddy filled with toiletries and headed to the showers. After finishing up my hygiene routine, I emerged dressed in some sweats and a long sleeved shirt. I pulled my uggs onto my feet and made my way back into my room.
“Hello you must be Patience my roommate. I’m Zaria.” Spoke the girl sitting on the bed.
“Yeah. I was wondering when you were gonna show.” I smiled.
“I would’ve been here sooner but my flight was delayed due to a thunderstorm.”
I listened as she talked about her childhood and immediately liked her. Her vibe was cool and so far she didn’t annoy me.
“Well you ain’t really miss nothing. But tomorrow they having a bbq in the quad.” I mentioned as I laid down under my covers.
“Alright well we can go together if you want.” She suggested.
“Yup. Sounds like a plan.” I managed to get out between yawns. I plugged my phone into the charger and then turned out the light on my side.
“Good nite Z.”