Ah, there's nothing quite like dorm room living:
- Tight quarters.
- Old, rickety furniture and carpeting.
- A small, hard bed.
- Thin walls and rowdy neighbors.
- Late-night hallway parties.
- Perhaps a humming mini-refrigerator and an annoying roommate with whom you share absolutely nothing in common.
Now, that might not sound so pleasant if you're over the age of, say 30, but for many college students, it's acceptable--a kind of hazing period during the transition from high school to the big school.
Last week, I dispensed some secrets to settling into college life without losing too much sleep over it. The dorm room deserves special attention.
It's where college students will spend a great deal of time mixing attempts to get some shut-eye and a host of other activities--socializing, writing papers, studying, talking on the phone, hanging out, listening to music, and so on.
Whether it's your first-born making the move to college or you yourself are about to move on up, heed these dorm room makeover tips:
But all that aside, I'll admit that the most challenging task of all awaits: Having that straightforward conversation with your roommate(s) about the "rules."
What if one of you needs to stay up late finishing a lab report, tapping on a laptop with the lights on? What if your roommate wants to invite the entire floor to party in your room until the wee hours of the morning on the night you've promised yourself to go to bed early?
How will you manage living with someone who likes to keep to a totally different sleep schedule than you?
You must have it.
Early and often.
Good luck, my aspiring graduates. Cheers to the new academic year.
Michael J. Breus, PhD
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