Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

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45 equals 900

Posted 21 April 2005 in life

Northwestern gives out housing lottery numbers, which determine when during the housing sign-up weeks you're allowed to go and choose a room. The numbers are given out randomly, but there is a weighting system so that seniors tend to get lower numbers than juniors, juniors get lower numbers than sophomores, et cetera. The system also accounts for dorm government members, so that they get incredibly low numbers and, almost, first pick of the rooms in the dorm they'll be governing. This year my housing priority number was 45. That means only 44 people would have picked a room before me.

SO! Yesterday I was talking with Sharon Lee, and one of her residents stopped by and was talking about how she was hoping to get into Plex with some of her friends. Ha ha, turns out Monday was when the housing signup started. Pretty funny, right? Yeah. Except by yesterday evening when I found out that this week was the housing signup, they were into the 900s. I basically threw away my number.

I had a pretty bad attitude on my way to signup, but I put it in God's hands, and decided that things would work out just fine, and I could either be bent out of shape, or trusting Him. Lo-and-behold, when I arrived there wasn't a single person there. Not one. The housing people had me as their only priority. The best rooms in Foster House were already taken, but I saw that my current room was free, so I'll be living in my same room next year.