I am one happy girl to be sitting in my apartment as I write this. I am surrounded by a television, lamp, couch, a chair and decorations, and the room is not full! There is plenty of space to even do a little dance in the living room or kitchen if one feels so obliged.
My dorm room last year was terrible, horrible, no good, very bad. I had about three feet of space where I could move around and no room whatsoever for all of my stuff. I was required to live with another person in a room about the size of my bedroom at home.Walking down the hallway to go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, or shower was not a good time, especially when I am sharing this bathroom with 60 other girls. My room was located right next to the floor door, so door slams were the music to my ears. The parking lot was a little less than two blocks away, making it just a bit too far to be in convenient range, especially in ugly snow storms.
Living in a dorm, you should not expect private time, or really to enjoy your life at all. Have fun waiting to pee, shower and do your laundry. Laundry is especially frustrating when someone is done doing their laundry but has not removed it from the washer or dryer yet. I can not emphasize enough that there really is no room for anything in the dorms. Everything is on a miniature basis as well, so you might feel like a dwarf. Mini fridges, single cup coffee makers, small microwaves and small plastic dressers are among a few tiny items. It is so frustrating to have all the rooms in your home crammed into one room that you share with another person.
This year I live in an apartment with some of my best pals. I have a room, bathroom, kitchen and living room and I get along with these people great. I can make my own food and have actual food in the fridge without being concerned about space. I can get ready for the day at my bathroom sink and get up in the middle of the night to pee in the toilet that is not even twenty feet away. This life is good; I can get with this life.
Living in a dorm room was torture and I did not enjoy it for two seconds. Life is much more enjoyable when I am excited to go home at the end of the day and I do not dread going to sleep in a shoebox. I hope most people are more optimistic about campus housing than I am, which they must be because the university has quite a few people living in those dorms.
Dorm life was not my style, but I am happy with the apartment set up. If you are living in a dorm, try to make the best of it while you are there, but when you are free, I will support your complaining 100%.
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