Dorm living will be nothing like living at home with your parents, and it can be what you make of it. We know you can't wait to move out of your parents house and into college, but make sure you are prepared to survive dorm living with these six tips.
1. There Will Be Noise
You will be living in a building filled with other students all excited to be away from home all with different sleeping, studying and partying habits. This means there will be noise. All schools do have rules about noise, but that doesn't mean you will still not hear your share of noise in your room. If you are a light sleeper, you may want to bring earplugs or headphones made for use when sleeping to help drowned out the noise.
2. Privacy is Very Short Supply in a Dorm Room
You are living in a room with other people, maybe for the first time. There are not a lot of places when living in a dorm where you get any privacy because you are living with people, sharing showers, eating areas and common areas with other students. Some students find it hard to adjust to this lack of privacy, but there are ways to find space. Find places to be alone around campus that are outside your dorm like a small tea house or coffee shop where you can just enjoy peace by yourself.
3.Toiletries Are Essential
Dorms only have showers, not tubs and, in most cases, the whole floor is using them. Yes, gross. In order to make it out of dorm living without picking up a bacteria from the floors of the shower, remember to bring flip-flops to wear in the shower. This is probably not the first thing you think of when you are shopping for essentials for college, but it is one of the most important things to bring.
4. Not Everyone Will Have the Same Personality as You
Everyone is excited to meet new people at college, but it also means you are now living with many different personalities, views on topics and issues and that can cause issues. Not everyone will always see eye to eye on everything and that can cause debates and even fights. You don't have to get along with everyone you meet on campus, but remember before you get into a heated conversation with someone in your dorm, you have to live with them the whole year.
5. Late Night Snacks Will Make Late Night Studying Better
You have a meal plan? Yes, you do, but what happens at 12 a.m. when you are up studying and the kitchen is not open for you to get something and you are hungry? Keeping a small container of small snack size items in your dorm room will ensure you always have something to snack on, no matter the time of day or night you are studying.
6. Resident Advisors Are Important to Be Friendly With
The RA is there to help the students they are supervising, but remember in most cases they are just students too. You do not have to be the best of friends with them; however, they are there to help you so introduce yourself. Ask questions and say "hi" when you see them in the hall. You may find some of your best local tips about eating, music and more come from your RA. These are just a few helpful tips from our own time in college to help you survive your dorm living time. Have a great time in the dorms and enjoy your year!