7 Weird Things That Are Way Too Normal For Dorm Life

7 Weird Things That Are Way Too Normal For Dorm Life

Communal bathrooms...enough said.
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Dorms are usually the first place college kids live after they graduate from high school. As it is the first time you (and the people around you) are living alone, you see some really interesting things. From laundry to keeping up with cleaning, it is hard to figure out how life works without your parents. But, let's be honest, there are some really weird things that take place in dorms that you aren't used to at home. Some make life a little harder, but really we all have to stick it out.

1. Water bottle runs.

You see a girl walking down the hallway with five water bottles? Real world: super weird. Dorm world: super normal. We have one good water fountain on the floor and that means that we take a hike for the best water. And, by taking a hike I mean filling up every water bottle you own. Or just die thirsty.

2. Showering at any time of the day

You don't have class till 2:30 p.m.? Well, you don't need to get up till 1:00 p.m. to shower. Study all night long just to realize at 3:00 a.m. that you should probably shower? Totally normal, but just pray that the fire alarm doesn't go off.

3. Puke. In the bathroom, the shower, the hallway, the stairs, everywhere.

Freshmen should really learn to hold their own because the bathrooms don't get cleaned over the weekend and we shouldn't be confined to one of three toilets because someone couldn't make it to the toilet to vom. Instead, it spreads on the floor to contaminate two stalls. You wake up one morning and walk down the hall to find a little bit of puke on the floor. No one is shocked or freaked out. We've become desensitized. Watch your step.

4. Hallway parties.

Not actual parties, just a group of friends hanging out between their rooms talking, clogging up the hallway for those who want to pass. I will say that my friends and I are often guilty of this. But hey, sometimes you need a change of scenery, so you take to the hallways.

5. Group naps.

If you thought kindergarten would be the last time you napped in groups, you are wrong. College kids are basically five-year-olds, so naturally, group naps are a thing. You get back from game day after standing for four hours, everyone crashes in one room. I don't know if it is just our weird inability to be apart from our friends or if we just really like sleeping on the floors of our friends' rooms, but I'd highly recommend trying a group nap.

6. Ramen noodles in the drains of your bathroom sink.

When the kitchen is two-floors down, you aren't ever going to make the trip all the way downstairs to wash one bowl and a coffee cup. You go to brush your teeth in the morning and you see a pea, a small chunk of carrot and two noodles strung through the holes of the drain--nice. Thankfully, our bathroom sink produces water that is boiling hot, so we know our dishes are definitely clean and our instant Ramen is sufficiently cooked even though our hands can't feel a thing.

7. Communal bathrooms in general

You have to learn how to go to the bathroom knowing that your neighbor from three doors down is trying to do their business, too. It took about a month, but now no one cares. It's natural and it has to happen.

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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

"What would I do without you guys???"
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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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some Thoughts from an angsty College freshman On a Walk in a time of turmoil

What is this life thing, anyway?

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My first year of college was a challenging one, both academically and emotionally. I loved it, don't misread me, but it was difficult. I learned a lot about the world, about culture, about love, about other people, and of course, about myself.

I remember one evening in late April, walking back to my dorm from the gym, admiring a gorgeous sunset. The weather was warm, and the orange light of the 6:00 PM sun projected majestically against the stone walls of Hughes Hall. I was deep in thought, and probably listening to some fake-deep music that matched and encouraged my already angsty mood. It was a mood I'd experienced before--it was one that stemmed from heartbreak.

I walked, my body exhausted, my spirit already fractured. Despite my downtrodden mood, I couldn't help but admire the beauty of the scene around me, which contrasted so heavily with the dark, viscous ooze of pain and unhappiness that seeped ever so slowly through my soul. How can there be so much beauty, both man-made and natural, in this world, but so much illness and pain and unhappiness, too?

I gazed past the gates of my prosperous, somewhat pretentious University, to see people struggling, begging for a meal or for money to afford a place to stay the night.

"Why does everything need to be so complex?" I remember inquiring to myself. Why can't we all just coexist and be happy? When did we have to implement all of these rules? Borders are a manmade concept. So is currency, and with it wealth and poverty. We're all human. No human is more important than other humans. This should be simple, right? Everyone should be able to eat. And have access to water, and healthcare, and education, and the other human rights and necessities that they're entitled to.

Don't the innocent deserve to be happy? And I suppose one can argue that everyone can be happy the way things are if they work hard, or whatever. But how can everyone be happy when only a few have access to the tools that make happiness achievable? And I know money doesn't buy happiness. But I'm not even talking about riches for everyone. All I'm saying is that innocent people do not deserve a life of desperation, of hunger and thirst, of poor health, of homelessness.

I would get over my heartbreak, and return to my ordinary, privileged life soon enough. I had a roof over my head, food in my stomach, a wardrobe that was deeper than necessary, all the technology I needed to be successful, and everything else I would ever need. I had the best friends I could ever ask for. I didn't need anything else.

But I still ached for the people who lack those things. The people who try and try to better themselves and their situations, but are stuck. It should be simple. Laws are manmade. They're not the same as morals. Crossing an invisible, imaginary line isn't immoral.

Everyone has only one life. No one can change that. So let everyone enjoy their life. And let yourself enjoy yours. It's simple, really.

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