To The Only Child About To Move Into Their Dorm

To The Only Child About To Move Into Their Dorm

This is going to take some getting used to.

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Either one of two things are about to happen; you'll get along with your freshman year roommate or you won't. For me, my freshman year roommate and I didn't speak and I learned how to live with that. Everything that's about to happen is going to be a major adjustment.

Going from living at home with just you and your parents to living in a dorm filled with 500 students and a roommate is a big change. If you're like me, going from a quiet house in a suburban area to a loud dorm building is a weird thing. It definitely took me about a month or so to get used to sleeping to the sounds of loud music, a snoring roommate, or someone waking you up at all hours of the night. But the key is, I did end up getting used to living with other people.

It isn't going to be the easiest adjustment, especially if you've never really spent a lot of time away from home. But, you'll learn how to live with people that you probably never imagined yourself living with. If you have a similar situation to mine, you may not like your roommate or even speak to her for that matter.

I learned so much from the experience of living with someone that I truly did not get along with, such as the fact that I'm able to stand my ground. I realized after a while that my room is my space and if I wanted to be in there then that was my decision. After I realized that, I think things started to get a lot easier for me.

You're going to want to make your side of the room feel as much home-like as possible, so if you're like me that'll mean a bunch of fuzzy pillows and blankets. Although you won't be spending all of your time in your dorm room, it's important that you do feel at home during the time that you are in there.

It's going to be strange falling asleep and waking up with someone else in your room every day. Listening to someone snore and toss and turn in bed isn't the most fun way to fall asleep, but you learn to get used to it. Whether it's using more blankets or pillows, listening to music, or just trying to imagine yourself on a beach somewhere, you'll figure out what works for you. Hearing someone else's alarm in the morning isn't the best way to wake up, but you eventually get used to learning how to sleep through it or just go back to sleep.

It isn't all bad, going off to college to live in a 19x10 dorm with a total stranger is quite the experience. Whether it starts out as good or bad, it'll be what you make it. It's up to you to make the most of it and branch out to new opportunities. College is a series of new opportunities and you need to wake up every day deciding to do your best.

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11 Things 20-Year-Olds Who Look 12 Are Tired Of Hearing

No, I don't need a kids' menu, thank you very much.
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I used to just laugh it off when someone thought I was 12 years old back when I was in high school, but now that I am three years deep into college getting ready to graduate, I don’t laugh anymore. If you are in the same situation as me looking like a child trying to get into a bar/club and the bouncer is questioning if your ID is fake, please read on — you may relate very much. Here are 11 things 20+ year-olds who look 12 are tired of hearing:


1. I didn’t know they let 12-year-olds work here.

Nope. They don’t.

2. What school do you go to?

Me: Florida State.

Person: University?!

3. *Tries to get a sample at Target* Is your parent nearby?

Let me FaceTime my mom really quick and ask her permission for this protein bar sample.

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4. *Server at a restaurant* Here you go, sweetie. What can I get you, darling? Hi, honey, how are you?

You are no more than three years older than me, there is no need for "sweetie."

5. It’s your birthday? Happy Birthday! How old now, fourteen/fifteen?

6. You look so much older when you wear makeup.

Is that supposed to be a compliment?

7. Wow, you're how old? You look like you are twelve.

Have you seen a twelve-year-old lately?

8. You probably just look young because you're short.


9. *Tries to flirt with a guy* You're a little too young for me I think.

I'm your age. Maybe even older.


10. Are you old enough to see this movie? Can I see your ID please?

11. You're going to be so thankful when you are in your 50's.

So I've been told. Hopefully, it's worth it.

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20 Ways To Destress This Semester

Do not let the stress get you down.

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Feeling the stress of the school year already? Here are a few ways you can destress.

1. Breathe

2. Chew gum

3. Clean

4. Craft

5. Dance

6. Doodle

7. Exercise

8. Hug a tree

9. Listen to music

10. Nap

11. Netflix

12. Pets

13. Read

14. Say no

15. Smile

16. Socialize

17. Spend time outside

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19. Treat yourself

20. Write

Whatever you can do to momentarily take your mind off of everything else.

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