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Busting Dorm Myths

I remember when I first applied to the University, I was apprehending dorm life. Back in Lebanon, I didn’t need to live on campus. I could commute to Beirut from my house, sleep in my own room every night and eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted every day. Let’s just say I wasn’t a big fan of dorms. To top it all off, scenes from well-known movies depicting college life in the United States start to make you worry and think that living in a dorm is going to be one of the worst experiences of your life.

Now, after my first semester of college, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My roommates, Hans and Jude, along with my hallmates at Comstock Hall are my closest friends here. We would spend Friday and Saturday nights together playing card and board games, going out to dance, and having a good time. On weeknights, we’d keep each other company while doing homework and studying for exams. In fact, we’ve grown so close to each other that most of us are living together next year off campus. Also, living in dorms will be a good opportunity to meet people with similar interests. Noah, Hans, Kindra and I spend some nights jamming to songs we like in the music room downstairs. Sometimes, a bunch of us would get together to go the Rec Center, or go down to grab dinner in the dining hall. The food can be a bit repetitive and you will miss the food from back home, but I consider it a small price to pay for what you're gaining in counterpart. 


If there’s a single piece of advice I can give you, it’s to live in dorms during your freshman year, preferably with a roommate. Being so far from home, I learnt to appreciate the warmth and companionship that dorm life has offered me. It’s not all loud music and partying! It’s forming friendships with people that will shape your college experience for the better.  Surely, you’ll come across what we call “party halls”, but you don’t have to be a part of that if you don’t want to be. The enormous number of students here on campus makes dorm life crucial in helping you adapt to student life and finding your place among the crowd.