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.

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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Joining My Sorority Changed My Life

There is more to Greek life than meets the eye.

When I started my first semester of college, I was shy, nervous and a little lost. I made some mistakes, lost my footing and attempted to get my act together. Moving eight hours away to a place where I knew absolutely nobody was the scariest thing I've ever done, but the one thing that made it ten times more bearable was the decision to rush.

Since move-in weekend, the "The Possibilities Are Endless" recruitment fall 2017 flyers were hung up in every hallway from my dorm to my classrooms. Coming into Ohio, I said I would never rush. Greek life has had a bad reputation among many and it didn't seem like the right thing for me. But I kept stopping by to read those flyers, paying attention to the block letter sweaters that sorority girls wore to class, and couldn't help but stare as I walked past the sorority houses on campus.

Ultimately, I decided to rush. What should hold me back? Nothing.

So I stepped out of my safe little bubble and walked into 10 houses of girls screaming the "Go Greek" song at the top of their lungs for two weekends in a row, and man it was the best decision I've ever made. Walking out of Alpha Omicron Pi for the last time before bid day, I never would've imagined what an impact this chapter would have on my life in such a short period of time.

After one semester, I had met my closest friends, not only in college but life in general.

Since day one, these girls have treated me better than the shallow friends I had known for years back home in high school. Throughout the entire first semester, if I ever needed anything, ran into trouble, needed advice or a shoulder to cry on after a bad week, all I had to was say the word and my sisters would be waiting for me in their rooms. They are the reason I made it through those first difficult months away from home, that bad exam or that one aching heartbreak.

What so many people don't realize is that the awful stigmas, stereotypes and bad reputations that Greek life has are not true at all. From the outside, it's easy to brand us as shallow girls who all wear the same clothes and act the same way. But we all know that you can't judge a book by its cover, and the same thing applies for judging sororities.

You can't know what it's like unless you've gone through recruitment or have joined yourself,

Recruitment teaches us valuable conversational skills, how to look nice, and present ourselves in the best image possible. All these qualities are important life skills when it comes to future job interviews. We host charity events for our philanthropy, helping those in need, and have mandatory service/volunteer hours we must complete each semester. Every chapter has a minimum GPA that their members must meet in order to remain in the organization.

The general idea that those who are in Greek life are not serious about their studies, slack off and don't get good grades is one of the biggest lies I've ever heard. Here at Ohio University, the average GPA of members in Greek life is actually higher than the overall GPA of the rest of the student body.

If that doesn't speak for itself, then I don't know what will.

Being in a sorority teaches us how to balance sisterhood and studies. Older sisters are always willing to lend help to the new freshmen if they're struggling with a difficult class the others have taken before. We always put our academics first, and social life second.

My sorority taught me how to lift each other up, to tell your sisters you're proud of them, to tell them you love and appreciate everything they do.

With these amazing women, I've had the time of my life in college. From date parties, to bid day, family dinners and socials, these are the memories I will cherish forever. It's made me a better, more dedicated and happier person. Thanks to my chapter, many opportunities have opened up to me.

I know I'll always have a home there and friends who run to me with open arms after being away for an entire month over break. And it means the world to have such loving people who worry about you and miss you every day when you're away.

There truly is no way to express my gratitude for Alpha Omicron Pi, and I hope that others will see this and realize there is so much more to sororities than meets the eye.

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Thoughts About A 21st Birthday

Turning twenty-one has its pros and cons.

In life, we all have the "useless" birthdays. These birthdays are nothing but a celebration of turning another year older. This is kind of how I felt last year when, in February, I became twenty. But twenty-one is considered a milestone, especially for American youth. In the long run, how unique is gaining another responsibility?

I only question this, and slightly dread it, because there is more that comes with being twenty-one. For myself, a female, being this old means I am required to receive Pap smears in South Carolina, a procedure I do not like in the least. If you don't know what this is, well, they put a plastic thing inside you to open the region up and check the cervix for cancer. It isn't pleasant for me for multiple reasons.

But, back to what everyone knows about this age: drinking and the ability to purchase whatever kind you like.

I will probably enjoy being able to drink here. Thing is: I've had alcohol before. In Europe and Mexico, everything is a bit more relaxed, and it is indeed an excellent experience to learn what wine tastes like, or alcohol in general, and how to be a responsible drinker. Have I snuck some vodka in a tea before while on a trip? Yeah, and it was good. So, in hindsight, I've already had a taste of that part. But I'm celebrating regardless of experience.

Also, I'm going to be happy to be twenty for the next little bit. Do I know what I'm doing with my life? Not necessarily. And it will be a while until I do. But that is the point of being at this stage. And another year won't change that.

Yeah, I'm happy it is coming up, and that I get to see my friends and family, but I have only lived a short part of my life. More milestones will top this one, and they might not even be birthdays. But I'm still glad to be able to celebrate with those I love.

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