All The Reasons I Hate My Dorm Are Also Why I Love It

All The Reasons I Hate My Dorm Are Also Why I Love It

It's a Love/Hat Relationship.
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Living in a room half the size of a normal bed room is not the ideal living area. Living with a complete stranger who you did not choose to live with. Nothing that brought you together accept living in the shoe box sized room. Absolutely no privacy and they`ll always know all about your life because you have to share it in a room that should not be considered a room.

But also my roommate has became one of my best friends. After a long day I get to come home and vent about life. She knows all my problems and she can understand and be there for me when I have a bad day. She gets me breakfast when I am sick and offers to go out and do stuff when she sees I am sad. So yes I hate not having my own room with my own privacy, but I love the constant feeling of knowing someone is always there for me.

Sharing five showers and five toilets. It can be very awkward in the bathrooms, once again no privacy. You could be using the bathroom and someone else next to you is too. It is so awkward and sometimes the sinks do not work so you have to go to your room to wash your hands but you are wondering if the person in the bathroom with you thinks you are just a gross girl who does not wash her hands. Also the amount of hair in the showers could make a wig for someone.

Although I do at least once a week run into a friend who lives down the hall walking to the bathroom or leaving it. This always starts conversations and leads to come into my room to hang out. Taking a shower is kinda like taking a shower with your friends everyday. You can just have a conversation with the person next to you while getting ready. It is also pretty nice not having to clean the bathrooms because the maintenance people do it for you every day. I hate not having my own bathroom but sharing one with friends in your hall can be fun too.

Not being able to cook has been one of the biggest struggles. As a health nut not being able to cook my own food has restricted me from eating a lot of foods they serve in the dinning halls. Also not being able to just walk down stairs in your PJs because there are always people there that will see you does get annoying.

I never have to cook, so yes this is a downside but also an upside. Having your food prepped and ready for you by just asking the workers to make something in a matter of minutes. Even though you pay for your meal plan at the beginning of the semester, it is very nice not having to pay for food off your credit card. Being able to have someone me a smoothie or get late night chicken nuggets is somewhat worth not being able to cook my own food.

Lastly, having to live in a building filled with hundreds of students. Having to see that guy or girl you made out with three nights ago and instantly regretting it when you see them in the elevator is not ideal. Or having to either take six flights of stairs after a long day or wait ten minutes for a elevator ride just to get to your room can be quite frustrating.

But getting to see all types of people and friends when you come home or leave can be fun as well. It can be really fun seeing all the different type of people living in these halls together. Sometimes you see people stoned out of their mind in the elevator, or the drunks, even people doing their laundry at midnight. It is always an interesting time coming home late. Not only that being able to see your best friend at any point in time because they live two floors above you is probably the best thing in the dorms.

So yes the dorms suck sometimes and it is definitely different but for the same reasons it sucks thats what makes your first year in the dorms so much fun.

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Not My Michigan

A Michigan student-athlete turned Registered Nurse on the Michigan Medicine contract negotiations in 2018.

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It's May 1st, 2016. I'm bright-eyed, eager, and graduating from the University of Michigan as a Nursing Student and Student-Athlete.

I am ready to take on the world the way that Michigan taught me how: fearlessly, compassionately, and wholeheartedly. I bleed blue. I know what it means to be a Wolverine and to represent the Michigan Difference in everything I do. I wear the block M on my School of Nursing scrubs and my Michigan Dance Team uniform well aware that it represents goodness, tradition, and excellence. I am determined. I am inspired. I am ready.

It's Monday, September 17th, 2018. What does Michigan mean to me now? I used to be so sure. Now, I simply don't know. So, what's the deal? How did my view on an institution become so indifferent in recent months?

I chose U of M to start my nursing career because it had the widely known reputation of putting its patients first, respecting its nurses, and providing the best care to patients in the state (5th in the country, to be exact). In my first year, as I was clumsily learning how to push patient stretchers, titrate intravenous vasopressors, and to communicate with the medical team, I proudly participated in our hospital's effort to achieve Magnet status.

When Nursing earned Magnet Status, an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center and indicator of the strength and quality of Nursing at Michigan, I felt that same pride as I did in May of 2016.

I knew in my heart that I picked the best institution to develop my nursing practice and to give high quality, patient-centered care to anyone who walked, rolled, or was carried through the doors of Adult Emergency Services. The hospital's goals were aligned with mine and those around me. We put patients first, and more specifically, we put patients over profits.

I am lucky enough to work at a hospital that has been unionized for more than four decades. When I started working, the concept of a union was foreign to me. For those who may need a refresher, unions promote and protect the interests of all employees. They collectively bargain with employers to secure written agreements for employees regarding pay, benefits, and working conditions.

Collective bargaining agreements are legally enforceable contracts holding employers and employees to mutually agreed-to workplace rules and process to provide a fair and just workplace. The University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association, has been working diligently since January to bargain with the University of Michigan to protect me, the 5,700 nurses who work within the institution, and our patients. I'd like to think they're the good guys in this story.

Here's where things get sticky: David Spahlinger, president of our prestigious U of M health system, has publicly stated that Michigan is "committed to maintaining current staffing levels," but will not make this commitment in writing. Common sense is reflected in the most high-quality research on the topic of nurse-patient ratios and its direct effect on patient care.

Appropriate staffing allows me and my coworkers to give the quality of care that I know we have the ability to provide. High staffing levels are associated with reduced mortality, falls, medication errors, ulcers, restraint use and infections. Unregulated staffing is a significant barrier to nurses' abilities to provide optimal patient care and prevents Nursing at Michigan from providing what we know to be the Michigan Difference in healthcare.

UMPNC held voting on a work stoppage for unfair labor practices last week. Out of 4,000 votes cast by nurses at the U, 94% authorized a work stoppage in protest of the University's unfair labor practices. No date is set, but our elected nurse bargaining team now has the authority to call for action.

Thank you to Katie Oppenheim, who chairs our union, for reiterating in an article to the Detroit Free Press that a work stoppage is not our goal. "Our goal is a fair agreement which respects nurses and guarantees safe staffing. The university can remedy this situation immediately by stopping their unfair labor practices and bargaining in good faith."

I am proud to be a nurse and I hope that our efforts to keep Michigan a patients-over-profits institution are recognized at the community, state, and national level. Anne McGinity, David Spahlinger, and those who have the power to make Michigan the magical place I once thought it was, make like Nike and just do it. For the love of patients, nurses, and our great University. I know we are better than this.

(Stay Tuned, folks).

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It's Okay To Not Be Okay

Don't think that you have to be "on" 100% of the time, because that's very unlikely.

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A lot of people don't realize that it is okay to not be okay because they think that they have to be 100% 24/7, but that is unrealistic. You need to understand that everyone struggles and that you are not expected to be on top of your game every second of every day.

This doesn't mean that you need to go around telling everyone you're doing horribly when they ask you how you are doing, but don't let yourself believe the lie that it's not okay to not be okay.

I had a woman recently tell me that her faith in Jesus was questioned when they realized that she wasn't okay. She was so heartbroken because she knows where her faith lies, but that doesn't take away the hurt in her heart considering her situation. She knew that Jesus would and will see her through this situation, but it was going to hurt.

It's not okay for us to undermine others' worth when they're not okay.

If you're telling everyone that you're "great" 99.9% of the time then you're lying. I hate to say that, but we all struggle and nobody is exempt from it. Some may handle those days and moments better than others and that is great, but it's unlikely that those never struggle or have struggled a day in their lives.

I don't believe that this means we should relish in our angst, hurt, and disappointment, but that when we are hurting we shouldn't be made to feel less. We will have moments of weakness and while it's okay to not be okay it's important to seek someone we love and trust who will help point us to Jesus who will comfort us.

When you're hurting and you're not okay please seek Jesus. Find that person who holds you accountable and let them be there for you. Don't think you're not allowed to hurt, because it is okay, but don't let it consume you.

Jesus loves you and He will always comfort you, but you have to be willing. Seek Him and allow Him to hold you when you're not okay.

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