Life in a dorm is completely different to the one in your own bedroom back home. It makes you learn many lessons not just about yourself but about other people too. It can be said that living in a dorm completely changes your life for better or worse, especially if you are here as an international student and your education consultant back home made this experience seem like an ideal one.
Here is our second part of tips to survive the dorm life. Go read the first part of this article if you haven’t already, and then continue reading this one.
Agree on alarm clocks’ timings
As soon as your semester begins, try to work up your and your roommate’s schedules and come up with a work dynamic around those times. Sometimes, you might have a class late in the afternoon but your roomie might have to get up for a deadly 8 am class. If you can sleep through multiple snoozes, then it won’t affect you much. But you might want to work things up if you are a light sleeper.
Each individual has his own studying habits. While your room might be your safe haven or your ideal study spot, it’s nice to figure out a variety of options to work outside of your room. However, you got to pull an all-nighter sometimes. The fact that your exam schedules will never line up perfectly is inevitable. So set some realistic expectations right now to avoid stressful deadlines.
Protect your computer files
As a college student in the present era, you’re definitely going to be storing, receiving and sharing a lot of information and files on your computer. This could include information from back home if you’re studying abroad, or big assignments that you’ve worked really hard on. It’s wise to take safety precautions in order to secure your data. Buy a software that blocks unauthorized users from accessing your computer’s storage or hard drive.
Split the cleaning responsibilities
After a day or two of meeting your new roomie, discuss the idea of creating a chore chart for your dorm. This is going to make the chore distribution fair and will help a lot during times when the dishes haven’t been washed for days.