Things About Living In A Dorm They Don't Include In The Tour

5 Things About Living In A Dorm That They Don't Include In The Tour

Even though I wish they did...

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Get ready for some hard reality. It's not all glamorous sleepovers, I promise...

1. If your roommate is sick, you're more than likely going to get sick as well

My roommate and I have traded off illnesses since the beginning of the year. Right when you're getting over it, their starting up their first round of antibiotics. Therefore, your local CVS or Walgreens is going to become your best friend. Whether it's buying cleaning supplies, medicine, or snacks to make yourself feel better, it is unbelievable how much money I've spent at CVS. It got to the point where I asked for a gift card for Christmas...

2. The walls are VERY thin.

The amount of times I have heard people yelling from the hallway, someone banging their one night stand, or suitemates cackling at 2:00 in the morning is kind of insane. For those who didn't know, we can hear you. Even I'm guilty of scream singing with my friends during our impromptu dance parties. However, the one thing they never explain is how to say "Shut up" without coming across as a jerk.

3. Living with your best friend is a blessing and a curse.

They always tell you that a good roommate makes or breaks your freshman year. However, I got extremely lucky and became best friend with my roommate. This is awesome when things are going smoothly. When you want to borrow clothes or hang out, you always have some. But if there's any drama in the friend group, you can't escape it. Whether it involves you or not, you tend to get sucked in.

4. The room doesn't clean itself

I know I'm guilty of this but if you don't clean the room, it won't clean itself. If you don't take out the trash, it will sit there. The room can turn into such a mess if you don't learn to take care of it properly and trust me, it can get bad. This isn't a hotel and there isn't a maid service so you can add cleaning supplies to your list of things to get at CVS.

5. Getting ready to go out gets a little cramped

I was lucky enough to have my own bathroom at home but I have realized just how hard it is to share a bathroom when you're both trying to get ready at the same time. When I'm trying to straighten my hair, she wants to curl hers. If she's doing her make up, I need to wash my hands. We just can't ever seem to coordinate. I don't think there's really a great way to do it unless you make a system. My roommate and I have not cracked that code yet.

In conclusion, it's easy to say living in a dorm isn't always the best but I'm so thankful for having lived here the past few months because I've made some of my best friends through living on campus. It may not be the best but it definitely has its perks. Just learn to look past some of it and your freshmen year will go amazingly.

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Being Home From School, As Told By Rachel Green

You never know how good you have it on campus until it's 9pm and all the stores at home are closed.
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Oh, look, another Odyssey Article about the struggles of being a college student home for summer break. Bet you didn't see that one coming. Our lives aren't actually that difficult, but it is definitely weird being home. If you know a college student, chances are that despite the workload, the late nights and the sub-par dining commons food, they wish they were back on campus. That's how magical college life can be. And being home isn't bad, per se, it's just... not campus.

1. You miss your friends. Like crazy.

It's not that your family isn't great company, or your high school friends aren't really your friends anymore. They are, and you love them! It's just that you don't bond with anyone quite like you do with the people you're at the library with until four o'clock in the morning, working on an essay you realize is due in two days and not the next one.

2. You realize just how good you had it at the dining commons.

Who knew you could miss mystery meat and pre-packaged sandwiches? College students who realize that cooking is not their thing, and the easiest snacks are the sugary ones you buy for a dollar at the gas station.

3. You have to get a summer job, and it's not the cushy three-hour gig you had at school.

The first two weeks after you get home are so full of hope. You run around to twelve different stores, picking up applications, flashing that college-counselor certified resume. And it almost feels as though you've got it together. Until week three hits and you're still jobless and still not unpacked.

4. You finally get to see your college friends, and leaving them feels like ripping an arm off.

I mean you miss them for a reason. What, did I expect saying goodbye a second time would be easier? Of course not. And the amount of planning that had to go into getting together with them was sort of absurd.

5. In your unemployment, your parents give you some chores to do... and then they ask if you finished them.

Where do the days go? You have maybe a few babysitting jobs, minimal errands to run and still there doesn't seem to be enough time to vacuum and do the dishes. Maybe the twenty minutes before your mom gets home from work is enough time to give the illusion of cleanliness.

6. Your siblings are always in your room. Always.

You love your family. Really truly. But it's easier to love them if you don't spend every second sitting right next to them, picking up on all the annoying little habits they have. Pro tip; a good relationship with a sibling means never, ever eating popcorn near each other.

7. You've caught up on sleep, organized your room, done your chores and ran out of Netflix shows. What now.

There are very few things worse than knowing it's summer vacation, knowing you should be out having fun before another school year begins... and still being bored out of your mind.

8. In the end, though, you'll be okay

There's only so much summer to go around. Get done what you've been meaning to, talk to your friends frequently and get ready for another fun-filled school year in the coming fall. You'll need all the rest you can get.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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