Do you think about questions like: What if I can’t stand my roommate? How will we deal with dormroom hookups? What’s it like to shower in co-ed bathrooms? These are some of the many questions you’ll be faced with as you move out from your parents into a hall packed with hundreds of other freshmen with little to no experience living away from home. How can you make sure you get along with your new neighbors?
1. Freedom is the key
Your roommate isn’t going anywhere. Don’t feel like you have to blow off other people to hang out with your roommate and ensure that you have an extremely close relationship. At the end of the day, you’ll be coming back to the same tiny space, so you may welcome any chance of escape. Similarly, don’t be offended if your roommate has other friends; just because you live together doesn’t mean you have to act like a married couple.
2. Don’t fear the co-ed bathrooms
One of the things I was most anxious about when considering college dorm life was the seemingly inevitable co-ed bathrooms. Though it may seem strange and awkward to share bathrooms with many other adolescent youths, the unease and embarrassment definitely does not last long. And knowing that everyone else is on the same boat with you, makes it a lot easier to deal with.
3. Think outside the boxes
One thing that I wish I knew before I came to college that I know now is how many boxes and storage containers I would need. Freshman dorms in general are tiny and students need to do what they can in order to maximize the small amount of space that they have. This means bringing a lot of boxes to store things under the bed is crucial! Parents always think that this is a great idea but now they are actually right!
4. Give dorms a chance
The dorm experience is a must-have. If you have considered skipping out on dorm life, DO NOT DO IT. This is an essential part of your growth as a student. It’s also the best way to meet new people. You might have a psycho for a roommate, but you might also meet your lifelong best friend. I only did one semester in the dorms and I really regret that. I’m not saying spend all four years there, but give it a shot for a year.