Dorm Rules that Everyone Breaks

Dorm Rules that Everyone Breaks

Let's be honest, everyone brings candles.
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It's hard to make a small dorm room feel like home, especially since there are rules and regulations as to what you can and can't bring. For any college with on-campus housing, there's a long list of things that you can't do to your room. Here is a list of things that we (including me) all do, that might be a fire hazard. Or at least against the rules:

1. Candles

You can't lie and say you haven't brought a candle or two to school. Just be sure to blow it out and hide it before the RA sees!

2. Knives

Okay, look, I know it's considered a weapon but I have to cut lemons somehow and the plastic knife isn't cutting it... (haha, get it?)

3. Tapestries on the Wall

Maybe this is a Temple University thing, but we're technically not allowed to have a hanging tapestry on the wall. I did for a while, and now I have a Temple flag, which is technically the same thing, but somehow they're okay with that?

4. Over-Plugging the Outlets

You're technically not supposed to leave exposed wires hanging out, nor are you supposed to have too many things plugged into the outlet at once. But how else are you supposed to charge your phone, laptop, and have the lamp on at the same time?

5. Too Many Things on the Wall!

Every time I've had a room inspection, I haven't passed the "fire-hazards" section because of the pictures up on my walls. Between my roommate and I, half our room is covered. I mean, how else are you supposed to make it look pretty?

6. Bed Risers

We're technically not supposed to have these, but there's no room!!!! You have to put stuff under the bed!!!! Come on!!!!

7. Coffee Makers

Thankfully Temple allows us to have Keurigs, (as long as they turn off automatically), but I know that some schools don't allow them at all. I feel for you. I really do.

8. "Cleanliness"

Listen, I'm guilty of leaving my clothes, backpack, books on the floor in the midst of doing homework or getting ready in the morning. You can technically get cited for this (I know because it happened to my boyfriend's roommate). Just pray you have a cool RA who doesn't do random stop-ins.

9. Quiet Hours

Don't live in a college dorm if you're not prepared for people to not follow this rule. Also, I very much suggest ear plugs if you've got a major issue with noise. Remember: you're living with other people. Reevaluate what you deem "loud" before you get to college.

10. If You See It, Say It.

Let's live by the code here, guys. Unless it's really bad, as in, people stealing stuff or setting things on fire bad, just remember that everyone wants to have fun.

11. Christmas Lights

They may or may not be a fire hazard. Does anyone care? No.

12. Lighter

You need to light candles somehow.

13. Your Own Fridge or Microwave

Temple makes us go through a certain company to have our mini-fridge and microwave for $200, and it gets dropped off in your dorm and taken out at the end of the year. Pretty nice deal, but some people find them cheaper and prefer to bring their own. Not really anything wrong with that, right?

14. Don't overpack.

This is just a joke.

15. Live Plants or Flowers

The room is ugly. Just bring the cactus.


Cover Image Credit: Kristina D'Amico

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If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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