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Living in a dorm room with a new roommate is one of the most exciting things about going to school away from home. You encounter so many new obstacles and experiences, which can be challenging at times, but overall, worth it. Here are some lessons I learned from the past two years in a dorm.
Whether it be something as small as the temperature of the room or something like who cleans the bathroom that week, both parties need to learn to compromise.
You want your roommate to like you, so sometimes honesty is hard. If your roommate is doing something distracting or makes you uncomfortable, then speak up. I assure you if you do it politely, they won’t have a problem with you being honest.
You don’t have to hand wash all clothes that say hand wash
When you’re in a cramped little dorm room, you don’t have enough space to hand wash your clothes. Because of this, I have learned to just throw them in the washing machine on delicate and hang them up to dry. Sure, there are a few items that I have been too afraid of putting in the wash, but it’s so much more convenient to not hand wash items.
How to unclog a sink
My dorm was very old and didn’t have the best draining system for our sinks and showers, so we always had to unclog our sink. The first time we had a problem, my dad came and fixed it, but didn’t show us how, so the next time it happened, we were clueless. Lucky for us, the Internet exists. The key: baking soda and vinegar.
Sleeping with noise
Even if you have a quiet roommate, odds are, there will still be noise from people in the hall or people outside. At first, I had a hard time with this. Eventually, I got tired enough from school work, that I began to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I no longer needed anything to help me sleep and block out the noise.
How to make food in a mug
My dining hall didn’t have the greatest food. It also had very strict hours, so I always craved more food. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a website that had recipes for snacks you can make in a mug. Most of these require very little ingredients and very little time.