New Girl Made Me Want to Live with a Bunch of Guys

It’s easy to romanticize 4 roommates

Michelle Lee-Ann

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Photo by John Tuesday on Unsplash

When New Girl originally came out, I was looking for a place to live. After not being able to find a roommate for my amazing apartment in an even more amazing location, I set myself up to move in with a girl from work, which didn’t work out — at all. I lived there for five days before I felt too worried out to sleep and I left. Ah, the joys of finding a living space in your early 20s. So, I hiked it back home and promptly got to work finding a place to live. Those seeking a roommate were the only ads I looked at, as I couldn’t find a place I could afford on my own, and when I did, applications beat me to it, even after waking up early and waiting outside the office before it opened.

I had lived with a female for the past few years and it was nice, but wasn’t what I was after. I was ready for adventure, ready for something exciting, and after watching an adorable doe-eyed woman move into a giant loft with four dudes, I could see the perfect adventure laid out before me. My wants were pretty easy: a relatively spacious bedroom with a large closet. I didn’t care much about the rest of the place, just as long as it was nice, and the roommates were people I could fall in love with, both as friends, and maybe more. The love story between Nick and Jessica was strong, and obviously that’s the goal in life, right? No male friends, just a partner for life?

Yeah, in my early 20s I thought that life would mimic TV and that I would end up falling in love with one of my male roommates just because someone on TV did. For someone who wanted to be a writer, I sure didn’t understand that creative writing was, mainly, just making shit up. I wasn’t adamant about falling in love, but I wanted that cool-guy feel to the apartment, where I could hang out with them and become one of their friends, and we would go on hilarious adventures all the time.

I ended up finding just that. The apartment was further away from anything that I wanted to be near, but the price was right, and the guy renting out the room seemed cool. We chatted after getting the tour and he told me about a trip he and his buddies took down to the States to watch football every year and that if I ended up moving in, I would totally be invited. It was…

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Michelle Lee-Ann

Recently published kid's book author, lover of all things Karl Lagerfeld, Golden Girls enthusiast, and finds happiness in books from Hemingway to Harlequin.