5 Ways to Adjust to Dorm Life


Study. It's What You Went To College For

Dorm life is fun. We've already touched on a lot of the fun parts of it, like making friends, flirting with people you find attractive and going to parties. Just don't forget that there's a reason you or your parents (or perhaps the federal government) shelled out enough money to buy a fully pimped luxury car just to put you through four years of school. You're there to learn something.

Dorm life isn't always conducive to learning. But at some point you're going to have to crack a textbook and read it or pull out your laptop and type a term paper. Find a place where you can do this. If you're lucky, this place will be your own room. But you might have a roommate who wants to have friends over just when it's time for you to crack down and do some serious homework.

If you can't convince your roommate to work out a differently scheduled social life, or at least move it out of the room, you need to go somewhere else to study. In your dorm there's probably a room, or more likely several rooms, that have been set aside strictly for study purposes. Stack up your books, grab your laptop and head for that room as often as you need to. Or, for a change of scenery, go to the school library. They'll not only have desks, computers and several dozen books on exactly the subject you're studying, but they'll have professional librarians who'll tell rowdy students to shut up and give everybody else some peace and quiet. And, who knows, maybe you won't just have the time of your life in college, but you'll also come out of it with enough knowledge in your head to have a better life all around.

Author's Note: 5 Ways to Adjust to Dorm Life

I spent four years — four and a half years, actually — getting my BA at a state college and I spent most of that time living in a dormitory on campus. There were good times, there were bad times, but there weren't any times that I wouldn't relive again right now if somebody gave me the chance to do so. That's more than I can say for my life in high school. Wild horses couldn't drag me back to high school.

I apologize to readers 18 years old and younger, but looking back at my college years I feel like I went there as a child and came out as a grown up. Not that I was necessarily a responsible adult when I left or an irresponsible child when I started, but something indefinable had changed inside me and I'm pretty sure it had to do with living in the dorm. The dormitory is where you learn to live with others, to make friends, avoid making enemies, enjoy yourself responsibly and put up with the sort of aggravations that you didn't necessarily have to put up with at home. You know, like having to wait in line to do your laundry or ask the people in the next room if, gee, wouldn't it be possible for them to play their stereo system at something other than its top volume setting? The dormitory, in other words, is where you discover real life.

You'll be surprised by how important these lessons will be to you when school is over -- maybe even more important than that degree in nuclear physics.

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