Honestly, I personally did NOT like living in a dorm my freshman year. I am not an only child and had to share a bedroom with my sisters growing up. Here are some things I recommend to deal with living in a dorm based on my experience.
• DECORATE YOUR ROOM - - I decorated my room by bringing some stuff animals, pictures of family and friends
• KEEP GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - - Untidiness is not acceptable
• PROTECT YOUR THINGS - - This is a big one for me. Before going to college I got a "large toolbox and lock" to store important documents, valuables, etc. I'm glad I did this because I worked a full-time job and participated in extra curricular activities. I was often away from my room for long periods of time. I shared a room with one roommate who often had many friends stopping over
• GET USED TO NOISE - - If you're not used to noisy surroundings I recommend wearing earplugs
• FIND YOUR QUIET SPACE - - Find a quiet space you could retreat to
• GET TO KNOW YOUR RA (RESIDENT ASSISTANT) - - Getting to know your RA is beneficial because they are there to support you when you have questions, issues, concerns, etc. that may come up and you are not sure how to handle the situation
You've received some great comments from others; I recommend that you make the most out of your college experience. Best of luck to you!
- Practice patience and grace, this a good tool in general when interacting with people but definitely a helpful muscle to build when sharing a space
- Make your space feel as homey as possible: grab candles, your favorite photos, fun decor, string lights
- Protect your valuables at all times
- Find some hidden spots on campus that you can enjoy when you need a break from the dorm
- Attend events hosted by Resident Assistants, these were always a blast and they typically have free food. Plus you're able to meet new people in the process.
Everyone does need to experience dorm life though. For me, it helped me break out of my shell. I think all in-coming freshman should live in a dorm room... But with that being said in today's new 'normal' I'm not sure if you will get to experience this or not.
Remember it is a temporary situation and time frame of normally only 4 semesters. Even if you do not "click" with your roommate it is only for a short time. See it as a location to sleep and possibly study but focus on finding relationships, friends and places to hang out outside of the 14x10 ft room.
As a freshman I remember how stressful it can feel selecting the college you want to attend and rooming in an unknown space. The best advice I can give is to try to make it feel like home for the semesters. I recommend looking on Facebook for college group chats where you can talk to other upcoming students and possibly find a roommate. I'd also look at opportunities your college may offer because some colleges offer programs that match you with people with common interests or majors. Just remember home will always be there when you get back, but this will be your college experience that you won't regret having.
Dorms are so fun to live in. Everyone else has covered how to deal with living in a dorm, but if you are struggling to find a roommate, I would suggest joining the Facebook group for your class. I found my roommate by joining the Facebook group for incoming students in my class and reading through the posts from people looking for roommates. If there aren't any recent ones, I would suggest writing a blurb about yourself and posting it on the page.
- Eat well. Continuing to eat nutritious food is important for your health and well-being, as well as helping you sustain the energy needed to keep concentrating in classes
- Learn to live with noise. Realize now that your neighbors are probably not going to be as quiet as you’d like them to be 90 percent of the time.
The best thing is to make your small space belong to you, so you are the most comfortable there. Also, make connections with the kids around you. You are most likely all going through this for the first time, so use that as a bonding experience.