Hello all,


I first want to start off with thanking every reader of my first blog post (Travelling to MSOE). I would also like to personally thank Dana Grennier and Seandra Mitchell for sparking the idea of creating a personal blog. I hope my readers (new and old) will enjoy my blog for the coming future!


The topic of this entry will cover my first day or rather, night, at MSOE.




It was September 1, 2013 at MSOE Roy W. Johnson Residence (RWJ) Halls. Finally arriving at MSOE, I was still ecstatic and the long flight did not seem to tire me at all or cease my joy of officially setting foot on my college’s campus. I remember standing outside of RWJ with just my light blue duffle bag (my luggage was still stranded at the airport). I looked up towards the top of RWJ, amazed that I will be living here for my freshman year. It was a 12 floor building, and my assigned room was 1205. When I snapped out of my amazed phase, I began my trek towards the entrance of the lobby to RWJ. There were welcome signs and free refreshments at the door. Fortunately, there wasn’t a crowd to impede my checking in process. That reason behind that was probably because I arrived at RWJ around 6pm (pass the designated check-in time).


When I first entered RWJ, I asked an RA at the booth about where I would check in. Upon asking the question, another RA, Amber Koeune entered RWJ and she was asked to check me in. She told me to follow her, and we went down the hall pass the elevators to the game room where she checked me in. She handed me my paperwork and gave me the usual informational speech about the first things I should do. I asked her about getting my ID, and she said that the ID office was closed at the time. This meant that I would have to wait till the next day to get my ID. That was unfortunate. After getting checked-in and helped out by Amber, I went to the elevators to go up to the 12th floor. Going up the elevator, my thoughts were running around in my head. I thought about the layout of the 12th floor, how the rooms looked like, how my roommate looked like and other randomness.


I heard the ding of the elevator and I was on the 12th floor. It didn’t take me that long to find my room, 1205. When I enter my room, I see my roommate, Cody Hecht and shook hands with him.  We introduced ourselves and I settled in. The first thing I did after introducing myself to my roommate was look out the window. The view in my room was great! At that point, I knew that Room 1205 was one of the best rooms to have. After looking at the view, I texted my fellow friend/former high school classmate, Jake Nell Bueno to come to my room. He too was a freshman and we decided on going to MSOE. He came up to my room and I introduced him to my roommate. We went down to Jake’s room because I was curious to check out his layout and I was able to meet his roommate, Anthony Gnas. Unfortunately, Jake and Anthony did not have an as great view that Cody and I had.


After checking out Jake an Anthony’s room, I went back up to the 12th floor to rest a little bit and check my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter). While resting, our floor RA, Brent Radlinger came in to the room to introduce himself. Kevin Spaeth, a sophomore Software Engineer (same major as me!) accompanied Brent and also introduced himself. Kevin and Cody then had a little chat about games. I talked to Brent and asked him some general questions about MSOE and college life. Before both sophomores left, Brent invited Cody and I to a dodgeball game involving other floors that was to be held on the first floor of the Kern Center.


My luggage bag, filled with all my clothes was not with me at the time so I had no basketball shorts to wear to the dodgeball game. However, thankfully for my roommate, he let me borrow one of his. I was amazed at the size and features of the Kern Center. It was a great gym facility and I felt lucky that MSOE students were allowed to use it. The dodgeball game was held at the basketball arena on the first floor. I remember entering the arena for the first time and gazing at the walls which extended out high into the ceiling and decorated with MSOE spirit (banners and such).


There were a lot of participants for the dodgeball game. I think there were residents of three different floors present. It had been a while since I last played dodgeball, but I had a lot of fun. I wasn’t good at it but I was able to get some people out. While playing dodgeball, I was approached by Robert Uehara who asked if my name was Gerald. Apparently, he remembered me from Bridge during the summer when he commented on one of my status updates. I was surprised that he recognized me and I was glad that he did. He was one of the new friends I made that night.


After the dodgeball game, I went back to the dorms to rest again and lounge in my room. It was almost 10pm and I hadn’t realized how fast the night went by. I then received a call informing me that my luggage was ready to be picked up. I head outside of RWJ and retrieved my luggage from the delivery person, Bob (just a generic name, I think it was actually Steve). Now my worries about my luggage were lifted off my shoulder and I could fully rest easy.


Immediately after I got my luggage, I went to take my first shower in the dorms. I felt uncomfortable at first because it was a public bathroom but I knew that it would take a little getting used to. With all my belongings here with me in the dorms, I was finally able to organize everything. My drawers, closest, and shelves were now being put to good use.


At this point, the hours put into travelling to MSOE hit me. I was excited for the next day, which was the official start of Welcome Week 2013. I was reading the agenda for the week before hand and looked forward to all the events I will be attending. Though I was still excited, it was about time for me to take a good rest. I set the alarm on my phone so that I would be up early for the events. I turned my laptop off and put everything that I didn’t need, away. As I lay on my bed, I thought about the upcoming school year and the start of an amazing first week at MSOE. Just like that, my thoughts gathered in my head and I instantly fell asleep.




My first day/night was filled with a lot of great experiences. What struck me throughout my first day was that MSOE and the people here are so friendly! I am truly glad that I chose to come to MSOE.


Hope you all had a Blessed Easter Sunday!