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11 Things You've Learned, Like 'Em Or Not, If You’ve Lived With A Large Group Of Girls

It's a blessing and a curse.

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My freshman year of college, I opted to live in suite-style dorms with five other girls. With my sister and my mom, girls have always been the majority in my life, but I didn't quite realize just how chaotic and wonderful it can be to live with lots of girls.

1. There’s that one shirt everyone wore.

When you find a cute shirt that looks good on everybody, it immediately becomes a commodity and you have to schedule who's going to wear it and when. It's always cute, but has to casually make its way around the group.

2. Hair ties and bobby pins are always everywhere.

I don't know what it is, but whether they're in use or not, bobby pins and hair ties seem to just materialize on every flat surface EVERYWHERE. If you're not picky, this is a blessing. If you're like me, you're holding on tight to the two hair ties that successfully manage your hair for all they're worth.

3. You all collectively know when it's that time of the month.

At some point, you come to realize when someone is coming up on their period. You will learn quickly who to avoid, who to hide snacks from, and who to save some tissues for and when. Never lose track of time.

4. You always have a skilled set of stylists on hand.

I've never been a girl terribly interested in hair or nails or makeup. As a result, I've got like a really sad basic knowledge of how to do all of these things. However, with the talents of the other girls combined with my own, I was able to serve some LOOKS. There was always someone to give me a cute hairstyle or the perfect smokey eye or to blend my highlighter a little better so I didn't look like I was highlighting with a highlighter pen and going cosmic bowling.

5. Romantic comedies are properly appreciated.

These were absolutely a MUST. There is nothing better than getting snacks, blankets, and a ton of romantic comedies and laughing and crying the night away with your girls. Thankfully, I found girls with a shared appreciation for my love of romances.

6. We all know how to deal with bad days.

Guys (and girls), and even life in general, can often suck. And when one of your girls comes home after a particularly hard break up or argument or just a bad day, you all know exactly what to do. Someone gets a stuffed animal, someone gets some good snacks or ice cream, and someone gets some funny jokes or a good video ready to go. This video usually did the trick for us.

7. Starbucks dates are a must.

Almost all girls appreciate Starbucks. I cannot tell you how many times we all ventured over to the student union to get our fix. We all got to try each other's drinks and get recommendations and our communal Starbucks repertoire grew tons throughout the course of the year.

8. Someone's always there to help you send a tricky text.

Texting a guy is always a challenge. You have to gauge his interest with your own and come up with the perfect medium of being interested without being obnoxious. There's also plenty of people around to help you nicely curve a guy that's getting a little creepy or that you're just not interested in. A little help goes a long way.

9. We know the importance of a night in.

While going out can be fun, they also know how much fun staying in and playing 15 rounds of Cards Against Humanity can be and are more than willing to enjoy those 15 rounds with you.

10. You have automatic dates to everything.

If you wanna go see a movie, take your girls. If you want to go to a concert, take your girls. If you're going home to visit, take your girls. If you get a good group, anything and everything becomes more fun with them around.

11. Photoshoots are frequent and well done.

Girls know how to take good pictures and love to take them. Impromptu photo shoots are the best and give you plenty of Instagrammable pics to save for later on.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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How To Throw A Sick Rager, Bro

Last weekend my friends threw me a party for my birthday. It was epic. Here's what I learned.

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We're college students. Most of us have all gone out at some point. Besides that, most of us have probably also thrown our own party. It can be stressful. Do you have enough for everyone to eat? Do you have enough drinks? Do you have enough room for everyone? Is there good music? The list never ends. Here are things to keep in mind when you want to "throw a sick rager."

1. The location doesn't matter. You just need four walls.

I was originally stressed about the size of the tiny apartment my friends chose as the venue.

2. Music is essential.

A rager without music is just a tea party. The louder the music, the better. You want it to be so loud that people nearby come to the party just to see what's going on. We had three huge speakers and a DJ. You could hear it a block away. It was enough.

3. Alcohol is the fuel a rager burns on. 

Accept ample quantities only. Everyone needs to be intoxicated. This is not a drill. Quantity over quality. Kegs of beer and bottles of cheap vodka will do. The moment you run out is the moment your rager dies. It is crucial to have more than enough alcohol.

4. Props. 

This is often overlooked. Stupid glasses, water guns, beer bongs, banners for people to take pictures with, ice sculptures, a pool: all of these provide entertainment away from music and alcohol that partygoers can interact with. The most memorable parts of the party will come from interaction with the props.

5. Lights ... or the lack of 

There are many other, smaller things that can add to the party experience. Lighting is one such thing. The less light the better, but no light is bad. If you can get black lights, those are ideal.

6. Designated potty areas

You also need at least one bathroom. The more bathrooms the better, as mid-party everyone's small bladders will hit them at once and the bathrooms will get crowded.

7. Fill to capacity 

Invite everyone you want and tell them to invite everyone too. Send out the address as if its one of those forwarded texts from middle school. Send out the address like it holds the cure for cancer. Facebook pages are effective for spreading the word.

8. Party peak 

When will the most people be there? When will it be craziest? Then, set the time of arrival 90 minutes before. If you expect it to really get going at 11:30, tell people the party starts at 10.

9. Make friends

Say hi to everyone you see. You need to make friends with everyone. These people need to feel comfortable getting loose at your party, and those good vibes will spread. Compliment everyone, introduce people to each other, and dance hard. Others will see you have an amazing time and will feel encouraged to do the same.

10. Relax.

If you've done the work of putting it together, there's really not a whole lot you have to do the night of except enjoy it. Focus on making sure others are comfortable and having a good time.

11. Designate someone to take pictures.

You'll notice how hard it is to remember to take pictures when you're so busy having a good time

In the end, you'll notice that no one cares about how small the venue is. Everyone will end up having fun and you'll have worried about every small thing for no reason.

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