Daily Commuter: Residence hall vs. home sweet home
We’re now halfway through the semester, and I’ve managed to spend a good amount of time on campus and hanging out with friends in their dorms. So I have a pretty good perspective of dorm living, which allows me to compare the differences between living on campus and my own living accommodations at home.
Looking at the two, the first thing I notice is that the size of the average residence hall room is about the size of my own bedroom, a little bigger if it’s a triple. And in this room, there are two people living with all of the things they’ll need for the semester. This means clothes, shoes, everyday household things, food, the list goes on. In my room at home, I have basically everything I’ve collected and stored since I was born. I don’t really know how I’d minimize all of my stuff down to what I would need to take with me to live on campus. Of course, being close enough to home would mean that forgetting something wouldn’t be a big problem.
Another thing that’s different from living at home is the bathroom situation. While I’m still sharing one with three other people, those three other people aren’t all girls. When getting ready in a girl’s room, you have to take whatever mirror space you can find and be quick about it. When I’m home, I have my own mirror and space to put everything.
There’s also the kitchen set up. All you’re given in the rooms are microwaves and mini refrigerators. If you want to cook with something other than the microwave, you have to go to the communal kitchen. While I’m not exactly one to cook much, transitioning to that would definitely be a change.
And then there’s having a roommate. While I have met people who I would get along with great in a roommate situation, you can’t guarantee that you’ll get someone like that. You’re living in tight conditions and you’re being thrown into this new experience, most of the time with someone you don’t know. So that would definitely take some getting used to.
I don’t think I’d mind living on campus though. It’s something that I think I’d like to experience at some point, with it being such a big part of college itself. My decision will come down to weighing the pros and cons and thinking about if it’s something I want to commit to. From what I’ve seen though, it would be a very interesting time.