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Survive Dorm Life: Rules to Live By

Survive Dorm Life: Rules to Live By

By Roxana Hadad

June 03, 2008

Keep Your Keys

Make sure your keys and ID card are with you at all times. “Getting locked out or losing these items can be a big inconvenience and lead to a large fine,” Molina warns. And don’t keep your keys and your ID together -— if you lose them, whoever finds them knows what room they can get into.

Use Your Resources

Resident advisors, house officers, resident directors, academic advisors, and all administrative offices are there to help you. If you don’t know where to go for help, these people are trained to find the resources you need. But you must be proactive, insists Molina. If you have a roommate problem or need something fixed, take action. The only one who can start the change for you is you.

Get Involved

The great thing about the dorms is that they offer leadership positions for everyone. Take advantage of them! From individual hall governments to the Residential Hall Association to volunteer groups, there’s definitely something to help you get more connected to your hall and to your campus.

Know the College Calendar

Arrange your travel plans around the residence hall’s opening and closing dates each semester. “Although some may help you out, many colleges will not make special arrangements for you if you have not planned ahead,” Molina says. This means you have to be out before the hall closes and you won’t be able to get back in until it opens again.

Keep an Open Mind

The best part of residential life is the diversity it exposes you to. Students of all kinds live together and share their college experiences. As Molina says, “Whether you see it as a learning experience or a social playground, enjoy it for what it is.”

Once you’ve moved in, the dorm will be your home away from home. Get all the facts on dorm life at your school and make the most of this incredible experience.


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