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The College Dorm Survival Guide

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The College Dorm Survival Guide

How to Survive and Thrive in Your New Home Away from Home
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The Ultimate Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Dorm

Dorm life offers you a great chance to meet new people and try new things. But leaving the comforts of home for the first time to enter the roommate-having, small-room-sharing, possibly-coed-bathroom-using world of the dorms can be overwhelming and intimidating.

The College Dorm Survival Guide offers expert advice and the inside scoop on:

• Choosing the right residence hall for you

• Getting along with your roommate (and handling conflict)

• Bathroom, laundry, and dining hall survival

• Dealing with stress, depression, and safety issues

From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts' advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Dorm

Dorm life offers you a great chance to meet new people and try new things. But leaving the comforts of home for the first time to enter the roommate-having, small-room-sharing, possibly-coed-bathroom-using world of the dorms can be overwhelming and intimidating.

The College Dorm Survival Guide offers expert advice and the inside scoop on:

• Choosing the right residence hall for you

• Getting along with your roommate (and handling conflict)

• Bathroom, laundry, and dining hall survival

• Dealing with stress, depression, and safety issues

From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts' advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Chapter One

    The day you enter your college dorm, your life changes. This is no ordinary experience you're signing up for. Think about it. It's bizarre. A whole lot of people, pretty much the same age, all living together. You'll meet strangers who will become your friends (or not). You'll share late-night talks and early morning classes. You'll have a space to share, decorate, and turn into home for nine months out of the year. And, most important of all, you'll learn something new every single day because of the people and experiences you can only find in the dorms.

    Where else can you find hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of similar-aged people living in close quarters, sharing not only residential space, but also social areas, meal times, classes, and countless other growth opportunities?

    --Joan Schmidt, associate director of Residence Life at Central Michigan University and past president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I)

    Life doesn't get better than a bus at your front door, three meals a day, an endless array of friends and no utility bills to pay.

    -- Tosha Jansen-Conkey, senior at University of Kansas

    Your Dorm-I-Tude

    There are tons of different dorms and tons of people with different attitudes and personalities about to move into each one. How do you feel about moving to the dorms?

    a.Yeah! COLLEGE! Freedom! I don't care what my dorm is like--I'm freeeee!

    b.I'm an introvert. Not used to having all these people around. But I'll give it a shot.

    c.Study, study, books, books . . . where's the study carrel? Which way to the library?

    d.Okay. I've lived at home all my life. Some sleepovers. One week at Scout sleepaway camp. WTF? I'm cool. I'm legally an adult. I can handle this. This is weird. That guy looks weird. That RA is a little too perky. That girl looks kinda cool. This is surreal. I'm here. Now what?

    Basically, most students go in hoping and expecting the best of their dorm experience. And that's great. Go in expecting perfection, though, and you're going to be disappointed. Living in your house wasn't perfect, right? Dorm life won't be, either--and that's to be expected. In a way it's not natural to suddenly be sharing your home with total strangers. It can be really, really fun. Really, really exciting. Just go in realizing that it's also hard to adjust to living in a dorm--and that's okay.

    When you first get to campus, you'll probably want to immediately leave the dorm and meet lots of people and make connections, right? Well, you might want to reconsider. Of course you should meet people, but having a roommate and sharing a bathroom can be a really valuable part of the college experience. It will teach you how to share your space with others, and it also leads to some serious bonding. Some lifelong friendships can be made over sharing a cramped room or common area.

    WHAT'S A DORM?

    Throughout this book, you'll notice that the terms dorm and residence hall are used pretty much interchangeably. Dorm comes from dormitory, which has traditionally been a place where students just eat and sleep. The word dormitory can make you think of a small, dingy, sterile room. So not pleasant.

    However, people who live and work in the college environment use the term residence halls now. That's because today's "dorms" are so much more than they used to be. They're places where you can become part of a community, interact with faculty, hang with your neighbors, and learn new things. It sounds way more appealing--and it is.

    ...

About the Author-
  • Julia DeVillers is the author of several books, including Girlwise: How to Be Confident, Capable, Cool, and In Control and How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Harriet S. Mosatche, Ph.D., author of Where Should I Sit at Lunch?

    "As soon as your college acceptance is in hand, rush out to get a copy of this book, which answers all your questions, even some you haven't thought about yet."

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