Dorming Debunked

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Credit: housing.psu.edu

Erin McCoy, Business Coordinator

For the past 18 years, we’ve had the comfort of living under a roof with our families, free of weighing responsibilities or even concern for anything outside of ourselves.

But now, everything is about to change. We’re going to move away, we’re going to start a new life at college, and ultimately, we’re going to be on our own. As big of an adjustment as it may be to start living on our own, there are some tips and tricks to make your experience in a freshman dorm much easier.

For many of us, the biggest shock may be having to reside in a small place alongside another person. Whether you know your roommate prior to move-in day or not, make sure you have necessary conversations about things you both disagree on. For example, if you have a roommate who loves late nights and loud music while you prefer early bedtimes and silence, it’s crucial that you make compromises early on. Don’t be afraid to bend on some things, but don’t say yes to something that will make you miserable all year long.

Even though our parents are only a phone call away, they won’t be there to do the little things for us anymore. If you don’t know how to do something, look it up online. Utilize sites that are here to help you, such as Pinterest. Not only does it include ideas for affordable and trendy decor to make your new living space home, but simple hacks to make life run smoother.

As fun as it can be to spend hours in Ikea stacking up on bits and pieces for your room, be careful not to go overboard and end up with a surplus of items you won’t even end up needing or having the space to use. You can always purchase things you find you need after you move in.

Lastly, remember how exciting this experience is going to be.  Don’t let the unknown scare you; instead, try to embrace the challenges as you look forward to new-found independence.