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FEATURE ARTICLES
Two of everything
1. With having two different primary places of residence, it has been challenging to make each other's
apartment feel like home for the other in most cases. This is from the decor, to furniture, to the
overall feel of the apartment. At first, we tried to work together to make the decor work, but we failed
when we arrived with different ideas of what to hang or where to put things. We settled on combining
and choosing once we moved in together. Another area was not only creating closet space and room
but also having the right clothes to wear at each other's apartment. We tried overnight bags, but we
landed on a set of clothes because we were missing typical things from our wardrobe that we may have
needed either at night or in the morning before work. Lastly, toiletry items were a challenge. This also
landed in our point of just keeping two of everything in both places. A toothbrush for yourself at each
apartment, shampoo and conditioner at each apartment, face wash that we wanted at each apartment
were the norm. There are times, though, that even this system has its flaws. There have been many
evenings of realizing the clothes we wanted to wear are at the other apartment or even the spices we
wanted to cook with for dinner that night are in the other pantry.
Support
1. We would be remiss to not touch on a hurdle, but a positive one, as we near the end of our article.
Having a partner that does the same job as you can be tiring as you can talk about work all the time,
but we are thoughtful and decisive in when and where we speak about work. It is amazing having a
partner that understands the difficult situations we experience at work and knows when to provide
space, support, and care during those conversations. When the duty phone rings at night, they know
that there could be a wide range of things on the other end of the call. Having that partner who is
patient and understands the time commitments and lifestyle of working in residence life is refreshing.
Looking forward, the experiences we have had over the past 4 years have certainly made our relationship
stronger, and we are engaged now! We know that our current living situations are not permanent and that
one day we will live together under the same roof. Until then, we hope to continue to vocalize some of the
experiences that are both good and bad. We also hope these takeaways will be helpful for anyone out there that
might be navigating the same situation or one that is similar to it. Lastly, we are constantly looking for new
ways to navigate our work-love balance and are always open to hearing new and exciting ways to improve our
relationship!
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