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The Ultimate and All-Encompassing Guide to Living in a Dorm Room and Also Just Generally Everything You Need to Know About Life on the Whole
Hi yes hello. Thank you for engaging in the world of clickbait and deciding to read this article. I don’t think you will regret it. So chances are you’re probably a freshman getting ready to head off to your new life in college. Maybe you’re not. Hopefully, this advice will be helpful to any and all who read it. If not, I don’t know what to tell you, but it’s probably not my fault.
Alright let’s get started!
“How to College”
(No, that’s broad, simplistic, and too typical of the social media tropes of my generation)
"Do I Really Need Shower Shoes? And Other Dorm Secrets”
(That’s better, but not exactly what I’m going for. Sounds like something my friend Calleigh would write)
“The Ultimate and All-Encompassing Guide to Living in a Dorm Room and Also Just Generally Everything You Need to Know About Life on the Whole”
Perfect. Bingo. There we go.
This article is basically about a few of the simple lifehacks you should learn to be an effective individual in living with other people in a dorm-like community. You will discover that it’s very different from having your own room. It requires ingenuity, innovation, and other in- stem words. But you can do it.
1. That pesky smartphone
I know, I know. You don’t need another person preaching to you about how technology is gonna ruin your life. Wait, back up, that’s not a good way to start this paragraph. Here, look at this giraffe.
Pretty nice, right? Now look at this graph.
Heavy stuff. Now what do these two things have in common? That’s right: they were both successful at me delaying the point I am trying to illustrate, which is that it’s really much easier for you to fall asleep when you don’t have your phone right next to you. Like, seriously. I heard someone say that someone professional said that, like probably in a study, but it’s just honestly true.
Sleep is important. You’re gonna have to set boundaries on when to be on your phone and when not to be. Luckily, dorm rooms make it pretty easy to not be on your phone at night due to their terrible layout! If you have a lofted bed, I recommend keeping your phone on the ground. Before going to bed, do all your texting, say goodnight to bae, remind Facebook that it is a dying technology one more time, and then climb up into bed and sleep. It’ll be much better. Trust me. I play Pokemon.
1.5. Ring ring goes the alarm
This kinda fits in with your phone, since phones have alarms nowadays. Waking up sucks, but ya know, we all gotta do it. Make it easier on yourself and put your alarm like farrrrr away from the nice comfort of your bed. That way, you’ll be up and walking to turn off that awful annoying beeping sound and then you’ll already be up and you will have fooled yourself into being awake. Checkmate, commies.
2. Bathing yo' self
We hinted at it already. Basically, a lot of dorms at Baylor have this beautiful thing called community showers. Actually not beautiful. Usually quite smelly, often don’t work, but in the grand scheme of things, not terrible. I would suggest to you a few things:
a) Bring some super cheap flip flops to wear in the shower cuz things get nasty. Not gonna go into it, but they do.
b) Acquire a small waterproof bag that you can carry your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in (yes, all of these things are necessary for all people. Soft hair, happy world.)
c) Fight for your right. You’re gonna find out which shower is best pretty quickly. Once you do, it’s a race between you and the other members of your hall to find out who can snag it first each morning. Pay attention to high traffic times, show no mercy, but also be a kind member of intentional christian community. As long as you get the shower. I believe in you.
3. Oh that's awkward I gotta change my clothes in front of people
Okay, maybe it’s not weird for you. Maybe you were on the football team in high school and you’re used to stuff like this. I just don’t like being naked in front of the people I live with. Sue me. But there’s a way around this.
Girls: I am not one of you, I will not attempt to give you advice in this area, just know that I believe in you.
Guys: There’s this magical thing called a towel. Wrap it tightly around your body, and you can shuffle into your underwear without any awkward situations.
There’s also the whole changing-your-shirt-by-putting-it-on-over-the-shirt-you’re-already-wearing trick. Hopefully you’ve learned that by now.
4. Other things you'll want to bring
Honestly, the following things are just a must have
5. Test the limits
So dorms may be pretty boring, but you can find out how to maximize the small space you are living in. Now, you need to utilize this thing called common sense.
Let me introduce a hypothetical situation: you and some roommates decide that you would like to try hanging a hammock in your room.
DO NOT try to take the easy way out by, I don’t know, trying to hang it on the sprinkler head in your room. It will break, your room and hall will flood, and many people will be angry at or make fun of you for a sizeable amount of time.
DO explore your room, determine its limits, and utilize your space to the best of your abilities. Door? Sturdy. Window? Sturdy. Sprinkler head? Not sturdy.
All in all, just be smart about how you live in college. Sometimes you’re gonna have undesirable living situations: just do the best to make sure that you’re not the one causing problems. I believe in you Class of 2021. Don’t screw it up.