11 First-Semester Dorm Lessons College Kids Learn 2 Months In

11 First-Semester Dorm Lessons College Kids Learn 2 Months In

Who knew adulting was this difficult?!

Living on your own for the first time opens your eyes to so many new problems you never thought you would encounter.

Here are some life lessons I've acquired during my first two months living in a dorm room.

1. Running out of food is basically the end of the world

Your stockpile of snacks will diminish quickly in college. Although, I still can’t decide if the scariest part of that is that now I have to venture to the dining hall or the fact that I ate all of that junk food in less than two months.

2. Doing laundry is the worst way to end the weekend

Sundays are hectic down in the basement. People are angry about classes the next day and everyone wants to take out their frustration by passive-aggressively waiting for you to get your clothes out of the washer.

3. The $50,000 that I pay for tuition definitely doesn’t go toward soundproof walls.

My next door neighbors always seem to be laugh-screaming about something. And it’s great that they’re having such a blast, but not when I’m trying to go to sleep on a Wednesday at 11 PM.

4. Lights are bright at night

You might be thinking, yeah duh. But just wait until you’re trying to descend into dreamland but your roommate has a better plan of sitting at her desk all night finishing an essay. Who knew one little LED desk light would be such a nuisance?

5. The garbage bin will seem to magically fill up on its own.

Wait, didn’t I just empty that trashcan yesterday, you may think. And yes, yes you did. The tiny garbage bin your dorm provides you can only contain so many takeout containers. Eventually, you will have to make that walk of shame to the trash room with those 3 Dominoes boxes.

6. Also, back to the tuition, it absolutely does not pay for the shower

To by fully honest, the real reason I went home for midterm break was to take an actual hot shower. If you’re like me and must have the water so hot it practically burns your flesh off, you’re in for a rude awakening at college. Waiting for the water to get warm is a game you will never win. And the more you wait, the worse the water pressure gets. A better shower is attainable at a Motel 6.

7. Flushing the toilet after midnight is the eighth deadly sin

For some ungodly reason, Marquette’s toilets are insanely loud. In my quad, our bathroom follows the policy of if the sun is down and all our lights are off, the toilet is not flushed. Trust me, waking up to mystery pee in the toilet is a thousand times better than being woken up by an actual toilet from Hell.

8. Climbing into a lofted bed doesn’t seem like it would be a problem, but oh it is.

I’m pretty sure I have dislocated my knee at least once trying to climb into my bed. The ladder is flat and awkward at the end of the bed, leaving you desperately grabbing for your blanket to pull yourself to safety. It does look kinda funny though when your roommate jumps out of her bed like a skydiver.

9. Seeing a dog outside is a privilege and you must take advantage of it!

Dorms only allow fish, so basically no cuddle-able pets allowed. Therefore, anytime someone is walking their dog on campus, it is necessary to spend as much time with it as you possibly can. Like Michael Scott once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky.” Not stopping to pet a dog can literally ruin your day in college.

10. By October, dining hall food will actually seem like slop.

There are only so many Saturdays you can eat chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese before it gets old. All of the dining halls begin recycling their meals at this point in the semester, sadly, leaving you to wallow in a food rut. The lack of restaurants on campus also adds on to the seasonal food blues.

11. Even though loneliness is inevitable, everyone living around you feels the same way.

Living on your own for the first time is rough, but luckily almost everyone on campus is going through the same struggle. Although times may be frustrating, it’s important to remember that we are all in the same boat. We can all get through it, together.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?


The weekend of March 1, 2019, I stood for over 20 hours for the kids. Yep, I am not lying.

Dance Marathon at FSU is a 40-hour event split into two shifts of 20 hours. My freshman year, I earned sit times throughout the marathon, which I was incredibly thankful for, but this year was something totally different. I was on the internal team this year, which means, I worked behind the scenes of Dance Marathon since September. Since I was on the internal team, I did not get the opportunity to get the set times that I did the year prior. I was worried about this because I was not sure if I would be able to do it.

Spoiler Alert! I did it.

There were many times during the marathon where I thought that I could not stand much longer, but then some thoughts came into my mind. Who was I standing for? I was standing for the kids who had to get their leg amputated because they had osteosarcoma and could no longer stand on both legs. I was standing for the kids who are bound to their hospital beds right at this very moment because they are not strong enough to walk on their own. I was standing for the children who needed me to help them win their fight.

This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

There were multiple people who kept complaining. Every word out of their mouth was about how their feet hurt, or how they were so tired. A large part of me wanted to turn to them and tell them, "Do you know how tired Grayson was when he had to have his many rounds of chemotherapy when he was just one-year-old?" I did not say that to them because I realized something. I knew what and who I was standing for, but maybe they didn't. My goal this year is to help all of those people understand WHY they are doing it.

20 hours on your feet may seem like a long time, but to watch $2,210,165.21 go up at the end, nothing compares.

Like the musical group Fun. once sang, "What do I stand? What do I stand for?" To that, I say, "I stand for the kids."

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