Senior Files: Life Outside the College Dorm

Today is May 5th. Many of you are wearing sombreros and chugging tequila graduate in a few weeks, or even days. (Did I just freak you out!?) Thankfully I’m on a college quarter system, so I have one more month of bliss before entering the real world. But still, there never seems to be enough time these days for everything I want to do.

I want to tie up lose ends, check off more things on my bucket list, hang with my friends, take those last few exams, and maybe even make out with that hot guy in my Comm class. But despite all the things I’ve yet to do, I still know graduation is approaching. And like paying taxes or eventual old lady boob saggage, there is nothing I can do to stop it.

Soon all of us will be packing up, moving out, and moving on. We will pack up our extra long twin bed sheets, our dorm room essentials, and say goodbye to our roommates. And for the first time ever, many of us will be living on our own for the first time ever. Think about it: we’ve lived with family until college where we had the luxury of dorm life or a whole slew of roommates to share our space wtih. But now we’re on our own. Many of you may cheer and jump at this notion. Others may weep.

I’m somewhere in between. I mean, I hated wearing shower shoes all the time, but I didn’t mind the coed bathroom (I see you, unnamed hottie sophomore year that “accidentally” let his towel drop a few times). I’m excited about leaving my 10X12 jail cell behind, but I’m apprehensive about going it alone in the real world. There are just pros and cons to both, and I can’t decide which I prefer.

Bathroom Situation
Dorm Life: Shower shoes. Ew. Girls who shed lots of hair in the shower. Ew. People stealing your body wash. Ew. But you don’t have to clean. Nice.
Real Life: PRIVACY. You can take as long as you want, do whatever you want, and not have to worry about anyone stealing that extra expensive shampoo you buy. But you do have to clean. Ew.

Dorm Life: Rules and regulations about visiting hours, signing in guests, no alcohol policies at certain strict schools. It’s basically one big cock block.
Real Life: They can come over whenever you want. Yummy. They can also never leave and you could end up with a stage five clinger that eats all your food. That you paid for.

Walks of shame
Dorm Life: If you shack up with some guy in a different dorm, he is just a short walk from your dorm. But you are more likely to see everybody you know as you briskly walk/run home heels in hand in his baggy tee and oversized sweats.
Real Life: That walk of shame is now a cab of shame, which can just get expensive. If you live on the East side, and he lives on the West side, how much will that cost? And what will the cabbie think?

Dorm Life: Don’t underestimate the awesomeness that is the dining hall. There’s a wide variety of options and choices, and buffet style means you can eat as much as you want (!!). There is also the potential of meeting some good looking dude munching down on some nachos. Who doesn’t love nachos?
Real Life: You have to cook. You have to buy lots of food, which will take up all that space usually reserved for Natty Light. But you also get to cook what you want (no more mystery meat here!) and will have the chance to cook healthier for yourself.

Dorm Life: Let’s be honest, ladies; thanks to our gender (and our boobs) we don’t really spend much on booze. Parties overflow with beer, kegs, and shots, and they are freeeee. Sure, we have to sneak it into our dorm rooms in backpacks out of fear of getting in trouble, but whatever. It’s free.
Real Life: No rules! We’re 21 now, so we’re legit with the law. We can even have a cocktail with breakfast if we so please. Unfortch, that early morning mimosa is coming out of our pockets and the drink deals aren’t as good in the real world.

Dorm Life: They’re everywhere. They’re in the halls, in the bathroom, in the dining hall, in your way. Sometimes, you may crave some peace and quiet instead of that horrible girl singing in the shower on the third floor. But also, there’s always someone around to hang out with or chat with or swap clothes with.
Real Life: Your neighbors may talk to you… if you live in a friendly building. Or maybe they won’t. You can play your music loud… until the person below you calls the landlord. But you don’t have to deal with people all up in your personal space and can have a nice, quiet home to yourself.

Dorm Life: They go to your college, so hopefully you know them at least a little bit. If they do go crazy on you, you can talk to the RA and maybe get a new roommate. But if you share a room, they are the ones that walk in when you clearly put the sock on the door and are hooking up with What’s His Face from that bar.
Real Life: Craigslist. It scares me. I don’t want to be the next news story because I found some psycho roommate online. You have to split rent, costs, and maintenance of your apartment or home. They have to wash the dishes, you have to take out the trash – things can get complicated.

Sigh. So much to think about! I can’t decide if I’m ready to leave the dorm life behind, can you? I’m definitely sick of sharing a bathroom, but is that really worse than getting killed in the night by your shady Craigslist roommate?!

Would You Rather…
Would You Rather…
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