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What's dorm life like for a freshman?

Topic: Housing | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Dorm life for a freshman really does depend on the school, as some offer suite bathrooms, others a large community one, some allow microwaves, others have kitchens available to use on each floor. In general though, dorms are a great place to meet friends and discover a more independent yet community-based life. In general though, it's usually better to find a place other than your dorm room to study, as they're often quite loud!

Answered by: Paris587 U. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life is what you make it! Yes, it has some shortcomings(Not having an oven was the death of me), but it is also a great way to make friends, and build relationships. It is also great to be so close to classes! Dorm living is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of a school. It is a MUST for every freshman!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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My freshman year I lived on a dorm floor with all girls, but other floors had guys. Many people left their doors open to meet people, or hung out in the lounge area. I went to the cafeteria with some girls from my floor a few times. I didn't end up finding any lifelong friends in my dorm, but many people have a great time. You just have to get used to having little privacy and sharing bathrooms. You get out of the experience what you put in, so try to be social even if you're an introvert.

Answered by: Pitt Chica Y. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for a freshman is either going to be an amazing experience right away or it may be a time of home sickness. The home sickness will go away pretty quick once you get settled and make new friends. You may become great friends with your roommate or you may dislike them. No mater what dorm life is an amazing part of your life you will look back on that time and miss it. Dorm life is nothing to be worried about you will have a great time.

Answered by: Thomas Clips W. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for a freshman is very exciting. There are so many people of your age living all around you and the excitement never stops. Because it is a new experience, it may be hard to stay focused, but balancing studying and fun in the dorms is fairly easy if you apply yourself.

Answered by: Academic Dude F. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for a freshman is very exciting. There are so many people of your age living all around you and the excitement never stops. Because it is a new experience, it may be hard to stay focused, but balancing studying and fun in the dorms is fairly easy if you apply yourself.

Answered by: Academic Dude F. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life as a freshman will be one of your best years of college. Most dorms are quite comfortable with high speed internet and a cafeteria nearby. The biggest challenge for most people will be having a roommate for the first time. Do some work before moving in, like building a loft or organzing your furniture, so that you can share the space easily. If your interests don't match, then try to be open-minded and maximize the experience. Relax and enjoy meeting all of the people you're going to be living with. Attend mixer events and make sure to meet as many people as possible. You are guaranteed to find a large group of friends that share your interests.

Answered by: Dan.Mc Donald F. | over 4 years ago
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It's all about what you make of it. If you want to have a great time living in the dorms, you will have to be open minded to other people. The biggest hurdle many students have is accepting their roommate. Nobody says you have to like the person you live with, but you will likely have no choice but to live with them. So try to make the best of it. Do that, and obey the rules set forth by the housing department and your RA/RHD, and you will have a great time in the dorm!

Answered by: Cocky0 P. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life can be fun, but it can also be challenging for a freshman. You can meet many new friends in your dorm. Most dorms are co-ed, where guys and girls live in the same building. Many dorms are loud, and busy. You will probably share your room with another student. This can be difficult, and involve compromising. It is a unique experience that is sure to bring some good memories!

Answered by: Sarahsparks T. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life is making a lot of new friends. It also is learning time managment and proper decision making skills. It is a little over powering at first. For one you have no parents or gaurdians. Also, their are a lot of fun activities and games that go on in a dorm. Be ready to be crowded uncomforatably hot and having fun.

Answered by: Average Jow S. | over 4 years ago
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For many students, it takes a little while to adjust to dorm life. Have you ever shared a bedroom with a sibling before? You may find it difficult to adjust to living with someone. You will have to learn to make new friends, and deal with peer pressure issues that may not have come up in high school. You will find that some kids came to college just for the partying life, and some of those kids will not make it to graduation. You will not have your parents around. You will face choices that your parents may have helped you with in the past. Just remember, there are many staff members on campus that can help you if you have trouble adjusting.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | over 4 years ago
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It can be a little awkward at first, especially for those used to privacy. There are usually public showers, and usually you'll be with a roommate or two. So you'll be expected to be cleaner then you might be used to. If you're a quiet, studious sort of person, you might find yourself irritated with the noise. Although it varies from dorm to dorm, there is usually a pretty high level of noise late into the night. On the other hand, if you're a social animal then you'll find no lack of people to talk to and things to do.

Answered by: Njanetos U. | over 4 years ago
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Fun, tiring, social, loud, engaging, sometimes stressful. You're thrown into a situation where you're bound to make some friends, but you're also bound to meet (and possibly live with) some people that you simply don't get along with. That said, I made some of my best friends that year, mostly from my dorm, and even met the man I'm now married to there! Living on campus (in dorms or the Greek system) also gets you really involved in your school, in a way that living off campus does not.

Answered by: Wennifred K. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for freshman is a pretty cool experience. The school will do a good job of helping you adjust through meetings and speeches. Day to day will be fun as you make friends who are all in the same situation you are in.

Answered by: Bitchstewie U. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on how your school treats freshman dorms. For instance, my school requires everyone to live on campus their first year and freshman live in freshman only dorms. This is a great way to make new friends and really made for a community feeling, as the RAs often coordinated different activities. I know this isn't true for all schools though. Some things that will be the same for everyone are getting used to having a roommate and using a shared bathroom, whether it is shared with a smaller suite or a hall of 25 students. It takes some adjusting to sharing such a small space with another person, but if you are both considerate, it should work out okay. It can be stressful at first, but you get used to it. Plus, you can always change roommates if you need to. I really enjoyed living in a dorm because it is so nice to be able to drop by and chat with friends whenever.

Answered by: Ilovecollege E. | over 4 years ago
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Going to college and living in a dorm is a living and learning experience. It's probably the only time in your life that you will ever be living with a community of people with the same interests, goals, and, not to mention, fears. You should always understand that sharing a floor could sometimes pose a problem with only one washer and dryer and only a few showers. The key thing to learn is that patience is a virtue for college dorm life. Building a great community is something that your resident assistant can do. But it definitely helps if you leave your door open to say "hi" to the people walking by. Participate in floor programs as well as all hall programs. This is a great asset to meeting new people aside from your roommate and the people on your floor alone. Often, students find noise an issue while living in a residence hall. You must remember that kindness goes a long way. If your neighbor has their stereo too loud during quiet hours while you're studying for an exam, just kindly ask them to turn it down. Chances are, you would do the same for them. Adjusting to college life in a residence hall is the first step in understanding how to live and face challenges on a daily basis. You will probably meet people who you don't like; however, you will probably meet some of your best friends for years to come. Remember that you are not alone. If you have questions, always know that there are many people throughout the buildings who have the answers, normally it's your resident assistant.

Answered by: Rachet L. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life can take a little adjusting for the first few weeks. There will be people you get along with and people you don't. After the first few weeks, life in the dorm will become more normal.

Answered by: Starry P. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life is interesting. You live with 1-3 other people that you see everyday. You eat in the residentual halls, which means you do not have to get groceries or cook if you do not want to. You are required for hall meetings. You live on campus, so you are close to class and will not need a vehicle to travel from class to class because most parking for dorms is not by the campus. Their are certain rules that you have to live by that you would not have to if you lived in an apartment. For example alcohol is not allowed in dorm rooms.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on the university. Some universities have special rules for their dorms. Some may include guest policies, opposite sex allowed in dorms, and rules of that sort. Other schools are very relaxed about their policies and allow their students to do as they wish. Many freshman enjoy their time in their dorms and usually have many friends in the dorm.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life as a freshman is fun. The freedom of being away from home and being able to make you own decisions is the best part. There are many activities to do and many are done for freshmen. The experience is one that can never be forgotten as long as all activities are done in moderation therefore no crazy amounts of partying. Also, when leaving home take all necessary items to make the dorm life as comfortable as possible.

Answered by: Babagday B. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life can take some getting used to. If you have never shared a room with anyone before, that is something that you will have to get used to. Depending on what college you are attending, dorm life can be a little stressful. If you have a fairly quiet roommate, it can make things a lot easier though. Just remember, its all about the college experience so try not to stress about it too much.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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It's loud, messy, and lots of fun. It can provide great preparation for marriage or any other close partnership though. It's all in how you view it. Just look at it as part of the college experience.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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It is exciting. For the first time you are independent and can make most of your own decisions. It can also be stressful and sometimes scary. Having good support from your family helps with that though.

Answered by: Bowz N. | over 4 years ago
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Living in a dorm is a completely new experience for most people. There are so many new things to experience. Unless you have been to boarding school, living in a dorm may seem somewhat overwhelming at first. You will have to learn how to manage your time. The main thing to consider is how you will manage your newfound freedom. Freshman dorms can be a great place to experience new cultures and make life long friends.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | over 4 years ago
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You will spend lots of time in there, trust me. Usually its pretty fun!! It's great to be able to have your own place (without parents) and do whatever you want. Depending on your school and the particular dorm you are in, the dorm could be pretty tame or it could be more like the movie animal house.

Answered by: Ralloh X. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for a freshman is unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's a chance to get a taste of "freedom", if you will. But with that freedom comes loads of responsibility. You will no longer have mommy or daddy there to wake you up, cook for you, clean, or tell you what to do. While it has its many perks and ensures loads of fun, it also means you have to do some growing up to make it work! You will also meet some new and interesting people. And chances are that you probably won't see eye-to-eye with your roomie(s) on everything. In fact, they may be the complete opposite of you. Be courteous and respectful and things should be fine. You will have a chance to experience new things, so be open minded about it all! College is a time to learn about life!

Answered by: Boylen33 E. | over 4 years ago
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Although most television shows depict dorm life as a bunch of nights of partying and drinking, many schools do not offer that kind of experience. Most colleges have students that are very focused on completing their degrees and so most of the partying goes on a few weekends a month. I would say that studying and course work is what goes on in most of the dorms I have been to.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | over 4 years ago
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It is exciting. For the first time you are independent and can make most of your own decisions. It can also be stressful and sometimes scary. Having good support from your family helps with that though.

Answered by: Bowz N. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life is what you make it! Yes, it has some shortcomings(Not having an oven was the death of me), but it is also a great way to make friends, and build relationships. It is also great to be so close to classes! Dorm living is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of a school. It is a MUST for every freshman!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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Living in a dorm is a completely new experience for most people. There are so many new things to experience. Unless you have been to boarding school, living in a dorm may seem somewhat overwhelming at first. You will have to learn how to manage your time. The main thing to consider is how you will manage your newfound freedom. Freshman dorms can be a great place to experience new cultures and make life long friends.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | over 4 years ago
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You will spend lots of time in there, trust me. Usually its pretty fun!! It's great to be able to have your own place (without parents) and do whatever you want. Depending on your school and the particular dorm you are in, the dorm could be pretty tame or it could be more like the movie animal house.

Answered by: Ralloh X. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for a freshman is unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's a chance to get a taste of "freedom", if you will. But with that freedom comes loads of responsibility. You will no longer have mommy or daddy there to wake you up, cook for you, clean, or tell you what to do. While it has its many perks and ensures loads of fun, it also means you have to do some growing up to make it work! You will also meet some new and interesting people. And chances are that you probably won't see eye-to-eye with your roomie(s) on everything. In fact, they may be the complete opposite of you. Be courteous and respectful and things should be fine. You will have a chance to experience new things, so be open minded about it all! College is a time to learn about life!

Answered by: Boylen33 E. | over 4 years ago
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Although most television shows depict dorm life as a bunch of nights of partying and drinking, many schools do not offer that kind of experience. Most colleges have students that are very focused on completing their degrees and so most of the partying goes on a few weekends a month. I would say that studying and course work is what goes on in most of the dorms I have been to.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | over 4 years ago
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Living in a doorm is a HUGE change from living at home, but a great experience at that! You will meet a ton of new people and learn a lot of things about yourself!

Answered by: Lucyb00 O. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life for a freshman is exciting and challenging at the same time. On one hand, you have almost complete freedom and independence from family. On the other, you'll have to learn to deal with others, both those living with you and living around you, you'll have to learn to do your own laundry and clean up for yourself. Overall, dorm life for a freshman is a great opportunity to mature.

Answered by: Chaniel K. | over 4 years ago
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This question is really dependent on the school your are going to, and who you will be rooming with. It will differ from person to person. My experience as a freshman living in the dorms was kind of a bittersweet experience. I decided to "go in blind" and room with complete strangers, instead of rooming with at least one friend I know. Some friends I have that had done this had good experiences, and got along really well with their roommates. My experience wasn't so fortunate, we were all very different people. However, I did live in co-ed dorms which certainly made life a little more interesting, and is something I would recommend. If I could do it all over again, I would've roomed with a friend. Your experience will likely be different than anyone else's, but one thing is for sure, it will be something to remember. Go in with an open mind, try to make friends, and try to have fun. No matter what, it will be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

Answered by: Ashelton N. | over 4 years ago
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It is different for everyone and depends on your school. Some schools put freshmen with others freshman and others mix it up. Overall it is a little different than living at home. You really have a lot more freedom. You'll get used to it in no time.

Answered by: Am G. | over 4 years ago
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It's loud, messy, and lots of fun. It can provide great preparation for marriage or any other close partnership though. It's all in how you view it. Just look at it as part of the college experience.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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Fun! You will get to meet lots of people and have lots of people to socialize with. At first you might be homesick, but the feeling will go away. One thing that takes getting used to is the crowded quarters. It may also be weird sharing a bathroom. But it's a great experience and it allows you a chance to become independent.

Answered by: Terri Teaches I. | over 4 years ago
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Dorm life is different for every freshman depending on school, dorm setting, and personality. However, there are some aspects to keep in mind. Many freshmen are not used to sharing a living space with friends, let alone acquaintances. Make sure to keep an open mind and be respectful to the ways of those you are living with. Also, make sure to eat healthy, as you will be the sole decider on meals while you are at college.

Answered by: Jpeltz Q. | over 4 years ago
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