8 Things I Won't Miss About Living On Campus

8 Things I Won't Miss About Living On Campus

It's all fine and great until you get a taste of off campus living.
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There are a thousand and one things to love about Ohio State's beautiful campus - the Oval (which always has many, many dogs playing on it), that gorgeous view from the 11th floor of Thompson that makes studying just a little bit easier, and the hustle and bustle of the Union, where there's always someone giving out free stuff if you're willing to talk to them for a few minutes. There's even things to love about living in the dorms - how close you are to your classes, the dining halls, and living a maximum of 10 minutes away from your friends. As I prepare to move off campus in a little more than a month and FINALLY escape the hell hole that is Taylor Tower, here are all the things I won't miss about living in the dorms.

1. The Freshmen.

I'm sorry to anyone who might happen to be a freshman and reading this - but y'all in the residence halls are the worst. The freshmen on my floor are all in quads (which I was in last year, and there is no space). To make up for a lack of space, for whatever reason, these residents stand outside in the hallways and scream for extended periods of time. My personal favorite is when they do so at 3 in the morning on the weekends, bragging about closing out Bulls loud enough to wake me up from my slumber, which can be described as "death practice". I'm not sure why first years are also so loud and obnoxious, but I will not miss them when I move out.

2. The tiny rooms.

I feel like I live in a shoebox, but I have to share that shoebox with another person. Admittedly, I'm lucky to be in a super double this year, so I can't complain too much BUT I really am desperate for my own space that I can keep as clean or dirty as I please. Living off campus means having my own room, where I can sit pantsless as long as I want!

3. The benign rules

Quiet hours, not being allowed to have toasters or other random appliances, not being allowed to scream at the top of my lungs whenever I want to, the weird alcohol restrictions, I could go on all day. They make it really hard to do the things I need or want to do since RAs and other building staff are ALWAYS out to get you. I feel like I can never come home past 10 without getting bombarded with questions by the front desk, RAs, etc - hence why I usually come in through the basement. I can't wait to live on my own, make my own rules, which will only be one rule: There are no rules.

4. Sharing a tiny room with another (or worse, three other) people.

Like I said earlier, the dorms at OSU are tiny and what makes them worse is sharing them with other people. Sharing a dorm with another person can be really contentious and really tense, especially when you're both stressed or if your roommate is really inconsiderate. There are times where I just want to be alone, which is hard when I feel like there is a 6-inch hole in which I can occupy. And to make things worse when you do fight or bicker, there's nowhere to go! You share a literal shoebox! Good luck cooling off when you have to constantly climb over them and their stuff!! While moving off campus does mean roommates, it does mean a lot bigger space to have to share.

5. The twin XL bed.

I have never thought I needed more space in bed until all of a sudden, I had no space. I constantly feel like I need to spread out more, only to find all my limbs are hanging off the bed. Furthermore, my mattress topper is always sliding off the mattress and getting screwed up, making for a very lumpy mattress. I just want a normal bed, honestly. Please.

6. Not being able to cook for myself.

As nice as it is to not have to cook, dining hall food gets old really quick (see below). I live on North campus, and that means that there are only two dining halls near where I live: Scott Traditions and Curl Market. They get old so fast and don't have a whole lot of options. Like sometimes I just want some Indian food or some nicely steamed vegetables that don't turn white (looking at you, Scott). Plus, I used to be a vegetarian and had to stop partly because of how hard it was to get my nutrients.

7. Dining halls.

Dining hall food is gross. Every once in awhile, I am really craving those chicken balls from Scott, but most of the time, the food grosses me out. I have thrown a lot of dining food away once I got home because it ended up being nasty. OSU dining needs to step it up!!! I'm looking forward to having ~cheap~ options outside of dining halls and being able to have more options.

8. The gross buildings.

Taylor Tower has black mold in the basement, and my room last year had both mold in the bathroom and dried blood on the shelves. Like, sign me up to GET ME OUT!! A lot of OSU dorms are old, falling apart, and just kind of gross? Even the new buildings get gross because PEOPLE are gross. Admittedly, my roommates next year might be gross too (Jill, Mags, and Mere - please tell me you aren't gross!!), but there is nothing like walking onto your floor to see three people have thrown up outside their door onto the carpet and your entire floor smells like cocktail weenies for some bizarre reason.

All in all, living in OSU residence halls have given me great friends, great experiences, and lots of great memories. That being said, now that I have signed a lease and begun shopping for my apartment, I can't help but become more and more annoyed by those little things about residence halls! If you're living on campus next year, all I have to say is:

Cover Image Credit: Kate Marlette

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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I'm Not Feelin' 22, But I'll Make The Most Of It

The reality of becoming another year older and the stress that it may bring.

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Birthdays are all about being the center of attention, - birthday wishes from friends and family, and celebrating another milestone in your life. People go out of their way to buy party favors, set up parties, and buy gifts just to make someone feel special on their birthday. However, some people dread their special day because of anxiety and depression. This past weekend was my 22ndbirthday, and although I'm usually excited for my birthday, this was the birthday I had been dreading.

Birthdays are inevitable. Once you reach past the age of 21, everything seems to go downhill, or at least I think so. Once I realized I was going to be 22 last Sunday, I realized the new responsibilities and norms that come with turning this age. I am a Junior at the University of Arizona, should be a senior, and most of my friends are younger than me. With most of my friends graduating this year at the age of 22, I can't help but feel bad that I will be graduating at the age of 23. After being at a large university for three years, I have felt "behind" because of my age and academic standing. Being the oldest of my friends brings a sense of anxiety out in me and pressure that I should be graduated by now.

Another issue I have with birthdays at this age is the expectation of certain milestones that I have not accomplished yet. With social media being such a large part of our society today, seeing so many different people on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posting pictures of what they are doing every second of the day, it's hard not to feel bad if you are not up to par with others lives. Some people are having babies, while others are going to medical school, where do I fit in?

Although birthdays bring some sense of negativity to me, I think that they should be celebrated in a positive light. My best friend, Colleen, knew I was feeling down about my birthday and wanted to help me feel better about turning the big 2-2. She bought balloons, silly string, and letter banners just to decorate our apartment to make me feel excited about the day. She bought me the most unique presents that only a best friend would know I would have wanted. At the end of the day, we went to my favorite restaurant and with the help of Colleen, my day had turned around.

While you may catch the birthday blues at some point in your lifetime, there are ways to change your attitude on the day. You may hear from someone from the past wishing you a happy birthday that can make you smile, or receive a gift from a family or friend that you had your eye on in the store and they knew you had to have it. Don't compare yourself to others when it comes to birthday plans, live the day how you would like and spend it with the people that matter most to you.

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