Hello there, Dear Reader! How are you this beautiful game day? Ready to knock the wind out of some spoiled children’s lungs? (Re: Stanford vs. U$C, AKA the University of Spoiled Children.) Make sure to tune into the game if you can’t make it. It’s gonna be a good one, I can feel it.

Before my Trojan brother, Gus, and I head out to the tailgate this afternoon, I want to share a quick update with my new ~dorm room transformation~… I’m pretty proud.


Sad. Plain. Sullen. Kind of reminds me of a doctor’s office sick bed.

Every dorm room is slightly different, even within a single school. Mine came with a bedframe, a mattress, a short dresser (pictured), an armoire (with some shelves, a bar for hanging clothes, and two drawers), a desk with side drawers, and built-in shelves.



Furniture-wise, I added two extra dressers, a side table for a little coffee corner, a floor lamp, a small couch, and a shoe rack. I highly recommend curtains as a very easy decorative addition that will instantly make your room feel warm and homey. Ambient lighting is also key, so lots of lamps is a smart move imo.


So. Sterile. Ft. my iced coffee.

Big barren walls can be particularly intimidating when decorating a new room. In past years, I’ve covered entire walls in a collage of posters/signs. But this year, I took a different approach…



By breaking up the wall into several sections– a full-length mirror, a cork board collage, and Christmas lights– that entire side of the room got much more dynamic and seemed to gain multiple new dimensions. (Lol what am I talking about.)


@Sruti, I stole your box. Jfyi.

I spent a lot of time rearranging the furniture in the room to try to eliminate as much awkward floor space as possible. Ultimately, my efforts failed. HOWEVER, I was able to take advantage of the awkward space at the foot of my bed by transforming it into…


So cozy 🙂

… a coffee corner! Shouts out to my single-serving coffee maker, my abundance of mugs, and the birchwood side table that someone left near the donation bin outside Suites for making it so easy 🙂 The final touches to the room were the American flag, world map, and long scroll that Allan got me from China.

Here’s the decoration video!

Much love and GO STANFORD,


Written by Catherine Goetze

Catherine Goetze www.cathincollege.com Find me on social media! Facebook: www.facebook.com/cathincollege Twitter: @catherinegoetze Instagram: @catherinegoetze SnapChat: @catherinegoetze Contact me: cathincollege@gmail.com


  1. lovelovelove loved the vlog loved the transformation ❤ and laughed for ur snapchat with gus, so many trojan clothes :DD and saw my letter/card on the cork board, yey!


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