Each year students entering college face one of the biggest transitions they will ever have to encounter in there life, moving into a dorm room. Most students are use to living in a house with there family and most likely having there own bedroom and own bathroom. Now as they begin college, the students move in with complete strangers, and share a bedroom and maybe a bathroom with one to three other people. Adapting to this new environment might take a lot of time and patients for this college student to adjust and feel comfortable. Finally after adapting to this new life the college students begin to enjoy this new environment. In this paper I am going to talk about and explain some of the steps of this transition to dorm life and give some of my experiences.
Just think about growing up and having your own bedroom that was twelve feet by eighteen feet, then all of a sudden you go off to college and you are sharing this same size bedroom with three other girls. Most people would feel very crammed and uneasy at first. This is exactly what happened to me. Even though I knew two out of three of my roommates it still felt uncanny. In our bedroom we had four beds that could not be bunked, a TV stand and TV, and we also had four night stands by each of our beds. Built in one wall of the bedroom were a mirror, sink, and some drawers. This dorm room also had a living room (which was the same size as the bedroom), where we each had our own little desk area for our computers and what not. The fourth roommate decided to bring her own desk even though she had another desk to use. This desk took up a lot of space that we did not have. We also had a futon, papazon chair, trunk, refrigerator, microwave, and storage containers in our living room. So it was really hard to get from one side of the room to the other with out stepping on something or stepping over something. Finally, our room also had a hallway in it that consisted of four closets, drawers, and two entry ways that lead to our toilet and shower. This is just a layout of room and most of accessories. Now we move on to how this small room affected us mentally and physically.
Four girls in this one dorm room can get a little hectic some times. There always seemed to be some type of tension between at least two of the roommates at all times. This living arrangement could put a lot of stress on some college students because of roommate problems. Living in a small place with two or three roommates means that you get very little alone time, if any. Sometimes students just want to get away from there roommates for a little while so they decide to join some type of club or organizations so they will have something to do and be able to get out of the room. In my situation, two of my roommates and I are in the same sorority, so we have to put up with each other almost all the time. Sometimes we are just...