10 Things You Won't Miss About Your Dorm Room

10 Things You Won't Miss About Your Dorm Room

Lukewarm dining hall food and communal sickness...see you in a month.
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Oh, dorm room. You are my 5-by-9" square of comfort to which I retreat each day to avoid the outside world, study and to make exquisite microwavable food. But trust me, I have never been more excited to leave you...if only for a month. Here's what I won't miss about living in the dorms:

1. Food in the sinks

This is a major frustration. I'm so excited to wash my dishes in a dishwasher! That’s right, my dishes will actually be clean. I cannot wait to ditch the bathroom dishes-cleaning ritual!

2. Paper-thin walls

The walls in typical dorms are cinderblock thick and you can hardly hear a thing. Well, that isn’t the case for our dorms. It is literally hard not to hear people passing in the hallway, your next-door neighbor, the bathroom hand dryer. I cannot wait for my privacy of my own room.

3. The lofted bed

I am sick and tired of crawling all the way up to my bed. I have never been more excited to just plop onto my platform bed when the night has come to an end.

4. Your roommate

Sorry, but I would love to change in my own room without hiding behind the closet door and not be worrying about when my roommate's alarm is going to go off in relation to my own. We both need our space and we both know that. See you in a month, girl.

5. Fire alarms at 2 a.m.

Yes, 2 a.m. fire alarms. You think this is a joke? It is not. We have had two alarms in one night at 1:30 a.m. and, right before finals week, we had a 2 a.m. fire alarm. Waking up to *BEEEP* *BEEEP* “Please exit the building,” is not something you want to hear as you finally start to fall asleep after a quiet Saturday night.

6. Drunk people at 1:00 a.m.

First off, quit stealing my door decs...I would appreciate my K ornament back! And, I would love to have back my sticky note asking for my K ornament back. You can bet that our 2:00 a.m. fire alarms were due to idiot drunks who played with the fire extinguishers. I will not miss the sound of them gallivanting through the halls.

7. Dining Hall Food

Lukewarm on a good day, but usually cold. It's oddly colored and always interesting cuisine. I am so over dining hall food. I pay too much money to not have warm food. I can’t wait to stop eating cereal for dinner. Mom’s cooking, here I come!

8. Communal sickness

Your roommate is sick, your friend down the hall is sick and you know that you're next. I can’t wait to have the chance to be healthy for more than two weeks. I won't have to take six different medications for my cough, chills, mucus and sore throat.

9. Unsatisfactory temperature

It’s the middle of December in Minnesota and we still keep the window open because of the inadequate airflow and our overworked heater. Weird how that works. I’d love to be able to be in control of my own room temperature. Maybe next year.

10. Communal washers

Those little detergents packs don’t always work the way you want them to. On top of that, quit trying to use softener. We have seen it isn’t going to come out of the little drawer. Losing your socks to the dryer is overwhelmingly annoying. And, let's be real, waiting 20 minutes for that boy to retrieve his two jerseys from the washer is getting to be a little too much.

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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