A lot of people ask: Hey, what’s it like living in the dorms?
And as I look back into their starry, wandering eyes, I give them the rapid, to-the-point, version on what life is like in the dorms.
Because I think that’s what they want to hear…
Because I think that’s what’s best…
But it’s not.
They want to know all the juicy details. They want to know what it looks like; how many rules there are; how many people are placed in a room, and so on and so forth…
Luckily, I’ve had the pleasure to live in Stockton (girls freshman dorm) for an entire school year. So, there’s a good chance that I can answer every-single question you have.
BUT before I give you the honest truth on life inside the dorms, here’s the room tour I promised last week. The video goes by quite fast, so if you blink, you might just miss it…seriously…
It’s at the very top of the page ^^^^^
But here’s the link below–just in case.
First things first: Girls will be girls…as boys will be boys…
There will be some nights when you just want to exile everyone in the dorm out onto the streets. There will be loudness; there will be chaos, and you can’t escape it…Uh-huh, nope! That’s the sweetness of living in a community style dorm. You’d think those cinder-block walls will block the sounds, but nah, that doesn’t keep everything out–you will hear your neighbor, whether you’re eavesdropping or you’re just lounging around; trust me, it will happen! There might be a game of hallway Frisbee (I played it last year…it was stinkin awesome!) Or…there might be people lounging in the halls, skyping or watching netflix. Either way, life will be unfolding–EVERYWHERE–right before your eyes. I’d suggest taking a breath, drinking some tea, and forgetting that silence ever even existed. It’s not too bad once you get the hang of it, and if it really bothers you, you can always invest in ear plugs. Or, you could join in–Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!
Here’s a picture of what the hallways will look like!
The truth about the bathrooms.
I can’t say too much about the guys bathroom since I’ve never been inside of one, but I can say that they’ll probably look identical to the pictures I post below.
As you can see, the bathrooms are nice and clean (the cleaning ladies clean everyday, Monday-Friday.) But during those TWO days that the cleaning ladies are away, the bathroom turns into all-chaos! There will be pranks: Once, a few stalls had plastic wrap all over it. Another time, there was guacamole on the toilet seats.
People will leave their food in the sinks…*Sigh*….and they’ll remain there until a smelly odor arrives. The stalls WILL be clogged. I remember, last year, there was always this one stall that no one could use–it was like the toilet was allergic to toilet paper or something! It was excruciating. (Also, if any of those things do happen, tell your RA! He or She will know what to do!)
Also…please flush…no one wants to see all that nastiness!
The showers are also quite nice.
However, I can not stress enough, PLEASE wear shower shoes–you won’t regret it, I promise!
On each floor in Snowbarger, Lampher, Stockton and Rice, a laundry room will be provided.
There’s usually two washers and two dryers. Doing laundry is FREE–Praise the Lord–so don’t worry about bringing quarters. As long as you take care of the washers and don’t over fill, or under fill them, then they should work perfectly…for the most part.
AS a freshman, you’re freedom is a tad bit limited–not because we don’t trust you, but because we love you, and we want you to make good decisions. With that said, there will be a curfew, and you’ll be required to check in with you’re RA every night. Don’t worry too much, though! It’s not as bad as it seems, and if you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, then you’ll be fine!
Also, there is this thing called open hours; the times fluctuate depending on what year you are in. In other words, the campus has allowed days where the opposite sex can be in your room–which is awesome because you can hang out with your guy friends or girls friends without going to the lobby all the time.
The “Real” Reason Why Pets Aren’t Allowed.
Everyone one wants to bring their pets. Heck, everyday I think about going out and buying a dog. The truth is, life is lonely without your loyal companion, and no person can replace that. But honestly, it’s college! If you really sit down and think about it, when will you have time to feed, and let your animals out? They’ll feel neglected because you’ll never be home, and they’ll use the bathroom all over the place, and your neighbors will begin to complain about the smell coming from inside of your room. All of it is a hassle. If you really need to have someone to tell your inner thoughts to besides your favorite stuffed animal, you can always purchase a fish or a turtle! They don’t exactly have fur, and they don’t demand as much attention.
Meet my roommate and I’s fish. His name is Bubbles!
As always, I hoped my blog enlightened you on something new!
Peace and Love,