Going to college brings various challenges for students. These challenges may be tough for some students as they have to move away from their homes and into a college dorm. Everybody has different kind of experiences in the college dorm. Some may feel excited while moving into dorm while some may feel hesitated and nervous about this change. Following are a few useful tips to be considered while moving into a college dorm room:
The most important thing to do before moving into a dorm room is to visit the dorm and take a look around in order to get familiar to the place. It is always good to know where you live and in case of an emergency what you can do. So, make sure you take a look at the nearest emergency staircase from your assigned room. Also, take a tour to the nearby markets and restaurants so that you know where to go for dining and shopping.
Hanging out too much in your own room may make you feel low. It is always good to go out, take some fresh air to feel good and get socialized. Staying in the room all day long may make you feel upset and make you miss your home even more.
You are going to get very busy once the academic session starts. It is strongly advised to organize your room as soon as you move into it. If you do not organize it right away, the room will start to look messy and soon you will run out of space.
It becomes very hard to survive without socializing in a college dorm. It is a good idea to knock on your neighbor’s door and invite them for a study session or a chat over coffee and snacks. This will help you get to know your neighbors better and make friendship with them.
You should realize that everybody has a different kind of personality and nature. You may find a room-mate whose personality is not like yours. In such a situation, try and communicate about the differences with your room-mate and set some rules regarding study time, music time, recreational time and etc. This way, you and your roommate both can live together in peace.
There may be times in the middle of the night during study sessions when you feel hungry but cannot go out. So, it is very important to store some snacks in your room at all times in case you feel hungry.
Privacy can be a major issue in dorm life especially for those who love being alone in their study or leisure time. The best solution for this problem is to go out of your dorm and find a nice place like park or the library. Even a coffee shop would be nice where you can have some peace of mind and sit alone in your leisure time. You can combat all the frustrations this way that may build up due to the dorm environment.