Dorm living is essential to having the complete Minnesota State experience. Where else will you learn important life lessons, like surviving on less than 5 hours of sleep or sneaking your whole squad into your tiny room to pregame without being caught by your RA?
1. The Freedom of Living on Your Own
No parents! No curfew! No rules! Going to college and moving into a dorm room at Minnesota State provides you with the opportunity to be free and live independently. If you want to wake up at noon every day and eat ice cream for all of your meals, no one is going to stop you.
2. There Are People to Hang Out With 24/7
When you live in a dorm at Minnesota State you are constantly surrounded by other students. Whenever you’re feeling bored or lonely you can simply walk next door and chill with your friends. The people on your floor will become your new family and will share the struggle of dorm living together.
3. You Don’t Have to Clean the Bathrooms
Everyone at Minnesota State loves to live independently, but no one wants to do chores. Luckily, there are janitors in residence halls that clean all of the bathrooms and den areas for you! And believe me, when you see a wad of hair on the shower walls, you’ll thank god for them.
4. You Can Eat All You Want at a Dining Hall
Living in a dorm most likely means that you’ll have access to a meal plan/dining hall. This perk is super convenient when you feel to lazy to make food (which is always). And c’mon, where else can you order pizza, ice cream, and breakfast food all in one place?
5. There’s Always a Party
No plans on a Friday night? Doesn’t matter! When you live in a dorm, there’s most likely a party happening in every room. Just knock on any door, and you’re likely to find a game of beer pong or people taking shots. And, you’re more than welcome to join in.
6. There Are Lounges Where You Can Chill/Study
If you’re like me, then trying to study in your room turns into hours of procrastination. If you don’t want to trek all the way to the library, there are tons of lounges and study areas available to you when you live in a dorm. Or, they can be places to chat and gossip with your friends next door. Because hey, procrastination is inevitable.
7. There Are Always Activities
One of the most unnoticed benefits of dorm living are all of the activities that the RA’s plan. I have gone on countless floor dinners to Buffalo Wild Wings, played Jeopardy and Family Feud against my hall mates, and even gone on excursions to movies and sporting events. In the dorms, there’s always something going on.
1. Waiting For the Elevator
You’re obviously not going to take the stairs when you live on floor 8, so waiting for the elevator is the only way to go. And seriously, it’s a pain. Especially when someone is lazy and takes the elevator to floor 2. Not cool.
2. So. Much. Noise.
It’s fun to always have parties going on…until all you want to do is have a quiet night in. Then, it can get pretty annoying when you hear dubstep music blasting from the room across from you. The crazy social life that comes with dorm living can be both a blessing and a curse.
3. It’s Hard to Get Along With Everyone
You’ll probably become friends with a lot of people on your floor, but chances are there will be a couple people living near you who you won’t like. Living in a dorm, unfortunately, means that you’ll have to see their face every single day. Basically, there is no escape.
4. Communal Showers
Communal showers are by far the most uncomfortable part of dorm living. There’s nothing like seeing hair on the bathroom walls, having horrible water pressure, and walking past your floor mates in only a towel to put a damp start to your day.
5. Dealing With Everyone’s Gross Habits
You never realize how gross people can be until they are living just footsteps away. Everybody has a disgusting habit, and when you live in a dorm you have to deal with everyone’s quirks. Hopefully your roommate isn’t the worst one.
6. Getting Sick of Dining Hall Food
Pasta again? Having access to a dining hall is great…until you get sick of all of the food after the first semester. It may be convenient, but it also puts you on a direct path to the Freshman 15.
You may think you’ll have no adult supervision in college…until you meet your RA. They will bust your parties, write you up for drinking, and sometimes get you in trouble for no reason. Just try to stay on their good side.
Whether your year in a dorm is the best or worst experience of your life, it’s a part of college. You’ll look back at dorm life and be thankful for the janitors and meal plans. Try to embrace it while you can.