Dorm Room Tour: Sophia Sherman ’25

Welcome to Sophia Sherman’s dorm room. Sophia Sherman is a sophomore at Northwood from Virginia. She is an independent student who does NOC and ski club. Sophia lives in a single on 2nd west.

Sophia has used a variety of colors and fun lights to make her room bright and fun. She acquired most of her decor at home from a surf shop on the beach, while other things are more personal decor items.

On the wall above her bed, she displays her prayer flags from Nepal created by monks who live near Everest and other big expedition locations. She also has the certificate she received for hiking Mt Kilimanjaro and some stickers from things she has collected.

Sophia has a record wall at the end of her bed with all her favorite albums or artists. She has a larger collection of records by her bed and a record player on the shelf by the window.

On the bulletin board at the back of Sophia’s desk, she has a variety of plane tickets from all the trips she’s done this year and polaroid photos of her friends taken from her trip to Red Rocks.

Sophia also has a trunk from her stepdad when he was in the Marine Corps. They were all issued trunks, and this trunk was given to Sophia’s mom when she was on deployment and later given to Sophia. She brings the trunk to summer camp and now to Northwood, where it serves as a storage space and a seating area.

Dorm Tour: Junior Happi ‘23

Welcome to Junior Happi’s dorm room. Junior Happi ‘23 is a senior at Northwood from Zimbabwe. He is fluent in French and English and is the striker for the Boys U20 Soccer team. Junior Happi boasts a single room on the first floor of Bergamini and is one of its Residential Assistants.

This spacious single [technically, it’s double, but he has it to himself – a perk of being an R.A.] is enough room for Junior to make himself at home and incorporate his creative touch on things. “I have made this into a second home,” remarks Junior.

This is a central piece of Junior’s room; each item is a piece from home. He has a Zimbabwe flag and a Cameroon flag because those are his two nationalities. “This hat [in the center] was given to me by my grandfather.” The two scarves are of Manchester United and Barcelona, his two favorite childhood soccer clubs. “I have this work ID because I worked at the FISU World Games.” Finally, “This key was given to me by my father.”

“Religion is a big part of my life.” Junior saves room for his religious items: “I have rosary beads, my prayer book, and the Bible.”

“Each item represents a part of my life in America; the boxing gloves are what I’ve used ever since I was a kid, and I love boxing. The groundhog was a gift because I found out my birthday is on Groundhog Day. The pumpkin was a gift from Henry’s aunt, who I often stay with during the breaks. The protein powder is obvious, and the plant and banner represent home. This is one of the most important parts of the room,” Junior expresses.

Music is a big part of Junior’s lifestyle—he is always on AUX. Whether in the gym, on the field, or just chilling in the room, he is constantly listening to something.

Junior has an extensive shoe collection consisting of mainly soccer cleats, but he is covered for any occasion. “I do not know how it got this big, but here we are.”

Junior uses these bistro lights to create a homey vibe in his room, and I can attest firsthand—it is nice. Junior agrees, saying “It’s everything I need.”


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