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Breakaway College Girl

Let me tell you, today I am one extremely tired college student. Last night was pretty scary and tiring. I was sound asleep in my bed when all of a sudden a bright fluorescent flashing light came across my room. I heard a voice tell me that there was a fire in the residence hall. I jumped out of my bed in a panic. I yelled my roommates name twice to wake her up. If I would not have woken her up, she would have slept right through the alarm.

In a panic I grabbed a coat and put on my boots. I asked my roommate, " What should we take with us!?" She said grab your phone, laptop, and lets go! I don't think I have ever been in such a panic in my life. Was the fire in my tower? Was it really serious? We ran out of our room and down the stairs. Luckily I only live on the 5th floor so it was not to far. Thank goodness I don't live on the 12th floor!

We ran outside and the bitter cold came across our faces. Some girls were in shorts and tank tops since they were probably asleep since it was 2:00 a.m. I even saw a couple people who didn't have any shoes on! I was freezing and I had on a sweatshirt and a coat!

Within time, we saw the flashing lights of the fire trucks coming down the road. I prayed the fire was not serious and it was just a drill. How devastating would a real fire be? I could not even imagine. About 20 minutes passed and we were all still standing outside in the freezing cold. Eventually they let us back in the residence hall, but we had to stay in the common area and could not go up to our rooms.

At around 2:45 a.m. we finally got to return to our rooms. I'm pretty sure I was frozen to the bone. It took me quite awhile to go back to sleep, so needless to say I dreaded waking up at 7 a.m for class this morning.

My dorm is set up into towers. There are four towers; A, B, C, and D, that are all connected by a huge common area where the food court is. I live in the D tower. We found out that there was an actual fire in the basement of the A tower, but it was small and they contained it before any serious damage was done.

I may be complaining because I am extremely tired, but I am also very thankful that no one was hurt and their was no damage. Fires can be pretty dangerous and scary, so I guess this was a good drill for everyone. If there is a next time, I am going to remember my car keys and sit in my car with the heat on full blast!