Is the dorm life really that bad?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

As we all know, it’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to dorm life. When you come to college, getting the dorm together and making it your own can be exciting; but after a couple of weeks, things can change.

  1. Bathrooms

Sharing a bathroom with your siblings is tough, but sharing a bathroom with 10 other girls that you don’t know is another story. On top of that, the bathroom may not be the cleanest, and only one shower may work. This was a huge problem for me and was the main reason why I wanted to move out.

“I have to constantly depend on the cleanliness of others, and that is something I am not used to. The bathrooms are almost never [kept clean by by dorm mates], and if one day they are, it doesn’t last long,” said Kayla Waite, a first-year theater performance major from Brooklyn, New York.

2. Privacy

Everyone loves alone time, but dorm life makes it impossible to be alone. A private conversation involves either whispering really low or leaving the room at 3 a.m. However, if you come back to your dorm and your roommate is not there, by all means, I say enjoy that time.

3. Loud neighbors

It’s 1 a.m., you have an 8 a.m. class that you’re praying gets canceled, and everyone in your hall is making noise. So, what do you do? You could tell them to quiet down, but the chances of them actually being quiet are slim. The only realistic option is to tune them out.

“In my dorm, there is never a moment of silence,” said Mathieu Christopher, a sophomore five-year MBA major from Atlanta. “There is always noise from day to night. I personally don’t mind the noise during the day, but at night it starts to get annoying.”


However, despite the downs, there are a few good things about dorm life.


  1. Roommate/Meeting new people

College is all about socializing and trying new things. Luckily, I befriended my roommate and we met new people together. I also suggest talking to the people in your hall because you may meet other people who have things in common with you.

“I appreciate the dorm life because I have met so many new girls. I don’t think I would’ve obtained the complete college experience if I didn’t live in a dorm,” said Geneva Ansley-Cornick, a freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y.


2. Going the distance

Now, I have to say that although the dorm life wasn’t for me, the one good thing was how close all the buildings were to me. Each building was only a five-minute walk from my room.

“On those days when getting up for class was a struggle, knowing the building wasn’t far motivated me to go,” said Kayla Cosby, a sophomore from Silver Spring, Md.


3. “Can you pay my bills??”

Although moving out sounds nice, it comes with tons of responsibilities and bills. Bills can be manageable, but when you live in a dorm, you don’t have to pay household bills.


The dorm life will always have its ups and downs, but in the end, it’s all about adjusting to it.




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