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Participants cited privacy as one of the main reasons
they felt most comfortable in their bedrooms.

Personalization
The sense of control students felt within the
privacy of their rooms connected with their
desire to personalize their spaces. For example, Karina submitted a photo of her bed area
(Figure 4) that depicts a bed with a laptop
propped open on the blankets. At the head
of the bed is a large poster and hanging art.
To the side are several photos hanging on the
wall. Karina explained:
I recently moved into a single room in
Hart Hall [pseudonym]. This photo is of
my wall and bed. I definitely feel the most
comfortable in my own room. The things
I have put on my walls are familiar to
me and remind me of home and what
is important to me. I am introverted and
need to have my own space for down time
and to relax after long days. My room is
my safe space no matter what goes on
outside of it.

Similarly, Rachel responded to the question
about the space in which she feels most comfortable by submitting a photo of her bed
area (Figure 5). She explained how, in her
residence hall room, " I have my space and
my things in it, which makes it the closest
feeling to home I can get. "
FIGURE 5

Rachel's Space

FIGURE 4

Karina's Wall and Bed

	
Students also personalized their spaces
by adding lamps or string lights or by hanging curtains to adjust the natural and artificial light in the space. As seen in Figure 4,
Karina hung photographs on string lights,
small and dim lights that served as additional
decor.
	
Finally, students expressed their identities in the ways they choose to decorate their
rooms. Most of the submitted images show
photographs on the walls (e.g., Figure 6):
standard 4 x 6 photos either posted on walls

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