Life in a dorm is quite an interesting experience. It’s all pretty exciting at first, but a lot to take on as well. If you’re an international student who came to study abroad for a better future, you’ve probably made the right choice. Your university might be excellent, but if you sign up for living in a dorm, then there are quite a few things that your education consultant back home might have kept from you.
Here are few tips out of many you should know about in order to survive dorm life.
Keep your clothes organized
This is going to be a huge life-saver because closets in dorms are pretty small. Also, in case you didn’t know, unfolded laundries take up a lot of space. This is why you should always fold the laundry items as soon as they come out of the dryer. Stacking up dirty laundry in a suitcase is only going to build on.
It is also great to find ways to organize your clothing and be on a look-out for storage solutions. In order for some great organization ideas that are also cheap but cute, head to YouTube where you can find plenty of storage solutions for your clothing and other things as well.
Keep your money in a safe place
Keeping your money in a safe place is essential, even if you think you know your roommate well. College life can make you learn things about not only yourself but people around you as well. Not only your money, but other valuables should be locked away in a safe place too.
You think you know people but the truth is, you don’t. Quite frankly, even if your roommate is your best friend, it’s best to take the safer road and keep some things secret.
You’ll not find much privacy living in dorms
It might look like you and your roommate are just sharing quarters, but really you’re sharing pretty much EVERYTHING. You’re sharing shower, eating and study areas. You’re even sharing some extent of your routines.
This means you’ll have to get used to the communal style of living. This is usually tougher for students who are used to owning their own private bed and bath back home. You’re also going to run into people you know pretty much everywhere you go, even if you go to take a shower.
If someday you’re really craving privacy, take a trip down to a nearby café or even a park, just somewhere where you could be completely by yourself.
Gather up your shower essentials
Getting cleaned up is a serious business. However, the trip from your room to the shower and back requires something that can hold all of your shower essentials together. These essentials include shampoo, conditioner, body wash and other things.
Investing in a shower caddy is a good idea and is definitely much better looking than a plastic bag. Also invest in a good pair of flip-flops, those with a sturdier plastic because the soft foamy ones can are prone to absorbing all the dirty water.