When you first think about a college dorm room, you likely first think of sharing an incredibly small space with a complete stranger. And, in most cases, that’s pretty close to the truth. Dorms are anything but spacious and sharing a room that resembles a closet can be a challenge.
But, that doesn’t mean that all of your thoughts about the college dorm experience need to be negative. In fact, there are plenty of great things to love about dorm life in college. Having trouble seeing past the postage stamp sized-room in order to notice all of the positives? Have no fear! Here are five things to love about a college dorm room.
1. Sense of Community
One of the coolest things about living in a college dorm is that everybody is in the same situation. Many people don’t know anyone, and they’re looking to make new friends and get acclimated to their new surroundings. These common goals (and fears!) create an instant sense of camaraderie. Living in a dorm is much different than living in an apartment — there’s more of an “open door” policy! Look forward to frequent visits with the neighbors across the hall.
2. Meal Plan
Most dorms aren’t equipped with kitchens in every room — if you’re lucky, you’ll have a fridge and microwave. So, that means you’ll likely have a meal plan in order to eat in the cafeteria. Although eating cafeteria food everyday might not sound appealing, you should appreciate that resource while you have it. After moving out and needing to grocery shop and cook your own meals, you’ll miss that meal plan dearly!
3. Shared Belongings
Here’s another time when that sense of community in a college dorm comes in handy. Whether you forgot to pack an umbrella or need to borrow a calculator for your math lecture, chances are someone in your hall will have what you’re looking for. Even better, you’ll likely have a class in common with people in your same dorm. So, you can share tips, tricks, and knowledge by doing homework and study for exams together!
4. Built-In Friends
Being new to college is intimidating. And, it’s a lot less scary if you have a friend to navigate the new campus with. Luckily, moving into the dorm makes finding new friends relatively simple. You can take a quick stroll with your roommate or another student in your hall. When you live out on your own, you need to set up plans with your friends. But, living in a dorm, you can simply walk down the hallway and knock on their door!
5. Less Space to Clean
You may think of the size of your dorm as a major negative. But, look on the bright side! That small space means you have way less area to keep clean. You’re also less likely to collect clutter and unnecessary junk — you simply don’t have space to store it!
Don’t let your thoughts be overwhelmed by all of the negatives of dorm living. In fact, residing in a dorm room can be a great thing! Remind yourself of all of these upsides whenever you’re starting to feel down about your cramped space, and you’re sure to discover a whole new love for your cozy dorm room!
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