The best laid plans of mice and men
So I had this fabulous brainchild, that I would live on campus next year even though I'm an older transfer student, and organize a household of vegan girlies, so we could share our college experience and different personalities, in an otherwise safe environment to our values, beliefs and concern for the animals (no dead carcasses or nasty meat smell in our home). I'm not usually a person who tries to organize others. I leave that to the EXXJ types of the world, while I as an FP just live my life by strongly abiding by my own values, sharing those values with others, and acting in the real world according to those values (SFP to be more exact) through hands on volunteer work, club membership, what I do each day and whom I choose to associate with. I even typically restrict my preaching to online or other written venues, I don't knock on doors to try to convert anyone. When I lived in a group living situation I simply unobtrusively shared my food and values, in a manner that made most people curious, not offended (I usually store that up to unload safely on line where people can suck it up if they don't like my opinion). Occasionally I wear vegan pins, and I have shirts, but yeah. I'm not someone who organizes others.
I devoted myself to something out of my norm. I reached out to current residents who were vegan or vegetarian, posted on my chosen schools transfer forum, and ended up with two ladies who are transfers like I am, from the LA area, instead of a group of 5-6 but well, you know, whatever.
Dude, they give current residents so much priority that it practically squeezes transfers out. It's bull****, because we are coming from far away, so it's more important to us to have a decent home. They say on their website they set aside this awesome building for mostly transfers, which my people and I all wanted, and now there's only male apartments left in that building? Oh we changed things this year, they said. **** better be an April Fools joke.
There's ONE empty female apartment that we could commandeer for three women, leaving them to add one random to our ranks. ONE. Its not even in the building we wanted, but it is affordable, open and has a kitchen for cooking.
People should not have to fight like this to have the option for housing they want. I have zero problem swooping in like a hawk and snapping this one apartment up the second transfer housing choice opens up in ten days (they at least reassured me all current residents had made their choices and no other open apartments would disappear until then, and that transfers don't compete with freshmen since there's different buildings) but this is ludicrous. It makes it very difficult for people to not only live in their first choice (our first choice has nothing left for females) but to organize a group of more than two people to live together (this is the one place I saw literally open to a group of four instead of one or two beds).
I think they sat aside too many beds for men. Women are apparently more likely to covet upperclassmen housing on campus.
"Thinkers may prepare revolutions, but bandits must carry them out"~