A Survival Guide To FSU's Dorm Life

A Survival Guide To FSU's Dorm Life, It's Not Always As Bad As It Seems

Don't spend your time there being miserable!


After committing to FSU in the spring of my senior year, one of the things I became most excited about was decorating my dorm! I began online shopping almost instantly and fantasized about how cute my room would look.

I mapped out where I would hang my tapestry, and even started deciding what pictures I was going to cover the walls with. However, as many of us know, living in a dorm is not all that glamorous.

After spending my first semester on campus, I can safely say I was unprepared. Everyone warned me that dorm life comes with a host of inconveniences, and now that I've experienced them for myself, I decided to put together the ultimate guide that will assure the best possible experience for those of you living on campus!

1. Be open with your roommate.


Whether you know your roommate from before, or met for the very first time on move-in day, forming a relationship with him/her is key. Learning to live with another person and giving up your own privacy can definitely be a struggle, so communicating with your roommate about your concerns can lessen the burden on both of you. Chances are you both have habits that bother each other, so be open about it! Communication truly is key.

2. Stay clean and organized.


I've always been somewhat of a neat freak, but it wasn't until I moved into my college dorm that I really understood the importance of keeping things clean and organized. When you are living in a tiny room with another person, things get messy, dusty, and dirty much quicker than you think. Keeping your closet, bed and desk area organized will assure that you have a calm and stress-free place to study and do work. With so much else going on, the last thing you should worry about is finding a clean shirt in a mountain of laundry you have piled up on the floor!

3. Stock up on healthy snacks.


For me, living on campus often meant making the (not so) long journey to the dining hall anytime I got hungry. Being lazy, I quickly fell into the habit of going down to the vending machine on the first floor and buy a bag of goldfish instead of walking across campus. Don't be like me! We all know college students hate spending money, but once a month, go to your local grocery store and stock up on fruit, granola bars, and anything else that can keep you full and healthy. If you're into couponing and finding good deals, this won't even break the budget!

4. Get to know your RA.

Although you may not have much interest in bonding with your resident assistant, getting to know them can be a great way to make living in a dorm a better experience. Your RA has been in your shoes, and they are there to help you! Talking to them about roommate issues, or anything else you have going on can make it easier to find solutions. They are a great resource that you can use to find out ways to become more involved on campus, ways to improve your study habits, and especially ways to reduce conflict between you and your roomie.

5. Spend time outside your dorm.


I saved the most important tip for last! Living on campus, I often find myself bored and sick of spending time cooped up in my room. Finding other places around campus to study and do work is an excellent way to reduce distractions that you may have in your room, which often make it hard to focus. Aside from studying, spending time at the gym, with your friends, or at other campus events are excellent ways to switch up your routine and spice up dorm life!

Even though living in a dorm can have its challenges, following these steps, and remembering to keep a positive outlook will ensure that you have a great first year of college!

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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.


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.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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Why Fordham Should Have a Safe Space Policy

On a campus committed to it's student's safety, why is emotional safety left out?


Last year college Republicans were asked to leave Rodrigue's coffee house for provoking members by wearing pro-Trump attire within the shop. The reason they were asked to leave was because Rodrigue's upholds a "safe space" policy, which can be boiled down to the simple phrase: "No racism. No sexism. No homophobia." In the eyes of the members and patrons of Rod's, Trump embodied all of these things. Regardless of the politics of this specific incident, the phrase and policy seems redundant because this rhetoric can't possibly be allowed anywhere else on campus. Right?

As this incident made campus as well as national news Father McShane addressed the events in an e-mail to all students in which he made it clear he did not condone the approach of the College Republicans, as well as stated that Fordham has no official Safe Space policy and insinuated if it did this would silence voices on campus.

Let's examine what a safe space policy means and why it's important to so many members of the Fordham community. It simply means homophobic, sexist, and racist imagery and speech are not allowed. On a campus with racial minority, female, and queer students who chose to be members of the Fordham community as well as study here, live here, and pay obscene amounts of money to be a student, it does not make sense for these individuals to be subjected to abuses related to their identity. How can you focus in class when your professor misgenders you, a student makes a disparaging comment about your religion, or you fear for your physical safety due to the way you present yourself? Bigoted rhetoric is oppositional to academia.

Fordham is a private university, not a public one, and could easily legislate a basic safe space guideline on campus. I understand many of us that a safe space policy would protect do not experience outward aggression often, if at all, as the University does take steps to ensure our safety. So why no official policy? The answer is simple to me: money. Fordham receives hefty donations from conservative alumni whose own political ideology is contrary to the safe space policy. The choice to not outwardly support minority students is a decidedly economic and political one, despite Father McShane's plea for political peace on campus.

And what is wrong with silencing hateful voices? Tolerance is an incredibly important value, but should tolerance really extend to the intolerant? I found the logic behind not installing the policy as it would politically oppress individuals, incredibly interesting and telling. This means your politics are fatally bigoted and I would take a critical look at that. It's intrinsic to our perception of our school to remember that colleges are businesses and it is sometimes their prerogative to meet economic needs above the needs of their student body. However, this is hopeful. As patrons of this business, we can demand more of them and the most effective way to do this is economical. Invest money in places such as Rodrigue's to expand their voice, have your parents write letters to the school, tell at-risk individuals to not apply, and encourage alumni to earmark their money for minority student initiatives or withhold it unless the school legislates a safe space policy.

We as a student body should care for one another and above all respect the personhood of everyone on and off campus. Consider honoring the policy in your own lives and social circles, and demand Fordham to officially do the same.

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