Walk into the lobby of 3rd vR and you’ll likely see a slightly cluttered space filled with a fireplace, comfy chairs and multiple bodies hunched over their laptops working hard at homework. However, on a second glance, you’ll notice several … unique objects. Behind the chair is a tree growing inside a toilet, lovingly dubbed ‘Hubert the Toilet Tree.’ You’ll also see, right next to a shelf filled with board games worn with use, a poster of JT, the king of 3rd vR. This Justin Timberlake poster was bequeathed to the floor by a former floor member, and has resided in the lobby ever since.
There are other tiny details that give the lobby its quirky charm, from the ‘sketchy chair’ to the oversized playing card. All these seemingly random objects transform the lobby into a home. Each of these objects has a story and a purpose. The lobby is where community happens, and these knick-knacks symbolize years and year of stories and relationships fostered inside the lobby.
It doesn’t take long to notice that the lobby is more than just a study space. It’s a place where community happens. I recall so many memories in that lobby last year: staying up too late talking with friends, playing Avalon (the floor game) with the chairs in a circle, sharing food from care packages with one another during finals season, making blanket forts, taking study break naps and more.
If the floor community is like a building, then the lobby is the cement that holds it all together. I’m so thankful for the lobby and all the memories that I experienced there. Though years will pass and the people living on 3rd vR will change, the knick-knacks and the memories will last forever.