11 Things You Will Probably Overhear In Your College Dorm

11 One-Liners And Partial Convos You Will Definitely Overhear In Your College Dorm For Fall Semester

*Drunken screaming at 3 a.m.*

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When living in a college dorm, you'll come across an interesting array of students that will most definitely say crazy things throughout the semester. From happier, wilder times to more distressing, overwhelming times, students will say the damndest things, and you will definitely hear some of these sentence starters at some point in time.

1. "Wow, day one and I've already been at the library for five hours."

This is exponentially more likely if you're surrounded by STEM major students. Some students have a joke of a first week, but for others, not so much...

2. "I don't think I'm going to class for a week or so."

While some students have a much more difficult first week, other students will have a "sylly week" lifestyle and will likely not go to class for at least a week (and may make a habit of it throughout the entire semester).

3. "OMG. Can people please stop blasting their music all night?"

Life on a dorm floor means interacting with people of varying levels of respect towards others. If someone really likes their music, especially at 4 a.m., they may think that all of their neighbors should enjoy their music as well.

4. *Drunken screaming at 3 a.m.*

This will likely not be any type of coherent string of words, but just random noises of people stumbling back home, normally just on the weekend evenings but don't be surprised to hear this at any day of the week.

5. "Wow I think I've already gained 10 pounds."

The freshman (or sophomore or junior) 15 is real if you let it happen, and you might start noticing it before you know it. Try to use those gym services or throw a piece of fruit in every once in a while.

6. "I don't think I've eaten in like 2 days."

While some students take an eating overboard, some become so busy that they sometimes forget to eat or might have like one meal a day. Try to find a balance between the two extremes.

7. "I'm so homesick. I miss my family so much."

Some people have never been away from home for as long as their college experience, and while some people might handle the distance better, it's not hard to see that some people will struggle with being on their own.

8. "Wow I have about 10 midterms in the next week."

Some people's exam schedules aren't that bad, others' are more like setting their brains on fire. Sometimes the timing gods just aren't that nice to you (more like your professors all conspiring against you), and you'll have a rough week.

9. "My semester is a breeze. I'll be coasting through the semester."

The counterparts to the hair-on-fire students, some students' exam schedules are such a walk in the park that they could probably just write their names on the top of the paper and feel confident about an A for the year.

10. "This semester has been the worst time of my life."

Not everyone is going to have a great college experience, and just about everyone is going to have a bad semester here or there. Hopefully, you can move forward and make the next semester even better.

11. "This semester has been the best time of my life."

Some people are lucky enough to have a great time over the course of the semester. I hope you'll hear more of these than #10, and I hope you're in the boat of having a great semester versus a not-so-great one.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


Cover Image Credit: Lauren Gherna

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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