Ahhh! This is the Dorm Life
By Whitney Myers | January 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment
My dorm room
At Campbell, there are various dorm styles and apartments. As a freshman, you must reside in a dorm (suite, communal, and two rooms to one bathroom). If there is any advice I could give, it would be to do four things:
1. Get to know your R.A. (Resident Assistant)
2. Be considerate of your roommates
3. Set expectations of your room early. Communication is key.
The fourth and most important piece of advice is to not room with your best friend or someone you are close to from high school. Typically, people think that rooming with someone you know is the way to go because it is “safe.” You’re entering into a new place, and it makes sense to live with someone you’re familiar with. It is better, however, not to go this route. First, you do not know how your friend lives in the day-to-day. You’ve seen him/her at school or even hanging out on the weekend, but living together can be different. Two, you will see each other ALL of the time. You will wake up near them, eat most meals of the day with them, walk to class together, go to athletic games, and then go back to sleep near them at the end of the day. Lastly, you do not want rooming together to ruin a well-established friendship. Being with them constantly can become repetitive, and you will need time apart to breathe.
Dorm life is great. It presents a sense of community on the hall and in the dorm. You get to know other people, and it is also a nice support group when you’re studying subjects others are taking right along with you.
It is also good to keep in mind that everything your freshman year, and even your entire college career, is an experience. You may encounter roommate issues where your roommate stays up too late, blares music, and simply does not follow dorm rules. It is good to take the necessary steps to address him/her, but know this is something most college students go through, and you can learn from certain situations for the next year.