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As of now I've been living in a dorm for a week now (for the incredibly curious, it's the Wells East Tower at UW Whitewater. For more info, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UW_Whitewater)
So far it's been terrible. No AC, internets are way slow, mosquitos everwhere (there isn't anyone on campus without at least ten bites). and people play "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" at volume 11 at midnight. It's like a really crappy crowded summer camp.
So my question is: Dormitories, heaven or hell on Earth?
ive never been in a dorm so i cant really say lol, though i am looking to move into a studio @.@
altogether, I've lived in dormitories for five years - four years at boarding school, and one year at college. It was fun during high school, but by the time I was in college.....enough is enough
my only consolation for you, Congo, is that is should get better. It's always pretty miserable for the first couple of weeks, but once the weather cools down it makes it much more bearable. As for the awful music played way too loud, I have nothing but sympathy. I was lucky enough to be on a floor of mostly music majors my freshman year, so almost everyone had very good taste in music. I did knock on one guy's door at around two in the morning, though, and told him if he was going to play his music that loud, he could at least make it something good
but, no matter how gross the bathrooms are, how annoying your roommate is, or how loud the guys above you are, it's only for a year, then you can choose your own room and/or roommate, or get an apartment off-campus and enjoy the perks of being a non-freshman
oh right I should say that I voted the big n-o for this.... I love my apartment
NO. I hate dorm life =/ I moved into mine 2.5 weeks ago, it's hot as hell, the bathroom's gross, my roommate is CONSTANTLY on the phone, usually with her boyfriend, people are really really loud in the hallway and nearby rooms, especially at night, and they're having a bleeding NUDE PARTY tonight :/
Well i didnt live in a dorm this year but im planning on doing it next year just so i can get the expierience.
The good thing im looking forward to is that the dorms at my university are two bedroom apartments. And what ive hear their great. So i say yay all the way (didnt mean to rhyme).
Everyone's dorm experience is going to be different. Period.
I recommend that every college student live in the dorms for their first year.
My freshmen year was excellent. One of the best years of my life. I met so many cool people. And that was in my dorm alone. Through them, I met several other cool peeps in other dorms and off campus. Party, party, party!!
We had a community restroom that we kept clean. The cafeteria served OK food. Sure there we rules and resident assistants to monitor our halls, but it wasn't extremely strict.
Basically, just like everything else in life, the dorm life is what YOU make of it.
i lived on-campus the past two years at UC San Diego (Muir College to be specific) and i loved it. after two years guaranteed housing i'm off campus this year though. alot of it comes down to liking your roommate and both years i got along great
I enjoyed dorm life overall. Not like it did not have it's drawbacks, but am the type of person that tends to ignore/forget about the negatives as long as they are not so severe or if the positives outweigh them.
My first year I lived on a floor where everyone acted like family. all the doors where always open people where in and out of each others rooms, the hallways and the lounge where the scene of the party every day... and the bathrooms where decent... most of the time anyway. Good times!
The rest of my college life I was in a different dorm, which was almost the exact opposite. quiet halls, closed doors, well behaved neighbors. Add an awesome roommate and proximity to the mess hall and the academic buildings, and it all begins to look very good. And the bathrooms where probably the nicest on campus.
As far as dorms go it's just love it or hate it just pray you don't get paired up with a jackass :S
I voted for yay because 1) It's more convenient (you can just walk to class instead of commuting), 2) you can save money and 3) you don't have to worry about food (except when you get sick of it). By the way, I've been dorming for almost 7 years (since high school)
As a deaf person I actually had the option of living in my own dorm by myself, or just commuting from the start. But still would have had to deal with the bathrooms being linked to another room - as well as the vibrations from whatever music is playing next door. I decided to commute after a while. Especially since home wasn't that far off, and I was always going home anyway.
Though, when I go back to graduate school, assuming the dorms are better for grad. students, I'll probably be at a dorm again.
i used to live in a dorm...it was pretty good. i got to choose my room mate, who was a good friend of mine to begin with, and i also lived near some of my other freinds.
I went to college in Beloit Wisconsin and I never lived in a dorm. They did have dorms but was placed in a house owned by the college. It was a house that supported like 12 kids and they had a few of those around campus. Then after one semester there, I joined TKE, a fraternity that had their own 17 room house, free washer and dryer, free cable and our own house Mom who would cook lunch and dinner for us, we had our own kitchen so breakfast and weekends were our own to cook. But i did live in a dorm for one winter session there and it wasn't bad because i had a single and only a fifth of the students were there.
i would only recommend college housing as an incentive if you want to save money. Dormitorires do suck unless you live in a coed one.
Dorm life has a lot of disadvantages, but the advantages count more. What's bad about it (for my dorm anyway) is that it's dirty, and crappy, etc. But you get to have A LOT of acquaintances and friends, drinking buddies, parties and events that you'd never experience if you weren't a dormer. It's like a special association.
Well I loved dorm life.. personally.. I met a bunch of people and was able to filter out the cool ones from that large amount and then establish good freindships..
bathrooms.. oh well .. dont you people share bathrooms with your sibilisngs at home.. not much diffrent really
roomate.. depends on the type you get..I was the bad roomate so meh..
All and all it was worth it