Adapting to Dorm Life: Six Methods to Ease the Transition

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The day has finally arrived: You’ve been accepted into college, you’ve loaded up your worldly goods, and you are heading off to start the best four years of your young adult life. Transitioning into college life can be daunting. Rest assured that the next four years will be all right as long as you keep in mind the following six tips for easing the transition into dorm life.


One of the best ways to ease the transition into dorm life is to get involved in all the silly things your RA will initiate. From trust fall exercises to game nights, join in the events to meet new people and expand your opportunities. You might meet a fellow sci-fi aficionado or discover a common interest with a person down the hall.

Learn to Compromise

Dorm rooms are small. You won’t realize just how small they are until you have to share a 10-foot by 10-foot space with another adult. Before you realize it, you’ll be buried under piles of clothes and pizza boxes if you don’t establish some boundaries and learn to compromise. Consider hanging up shelves on the walls or utilizing Extra Space Storage to keep excess belongings.


Most incoming freshmen feel a general malaise within the first few weeks of school because psychologically they feel trapped inside a cinder block prison. Spice up the place by adding unique decor and storage solutions you never thought about. Create a loft space by pushing bunk beds together into a corner of the room. Do whatever it takes to make the place feel like home so that you perform better in studies.

Initiate Contact

Leave your door open during the day when you’re in your dorm. This will encourage people to stop by or wave as they pass. Likewise, take a few trips down the hall yourself to meet new people and see how your other dorm mates live. You might meet a future best friend or potential roommate if you’re not getting along with the one you have.

Take Responsibility

Everyone knows that an RA will watch over you and make sure you’re doing all right, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. You’re an adult now, which means you need to stop expecting special treatment. Clean your room regularly to prevent mold and bugs from overtaking your space.

Get Over It

If you have an annoying roommate, there are better ways to deal with it than being rude. You’re stuck with this person for at least a semester so try to find a way to make the situation work. If all else fails, bribe her with snacks. Free food is the single greatest bonding agent available to college students.
From threats about the so-called “Freshmen 15” to fears of terrible roommates, you might have doubts as you bid farewell to family and friends and head off on your college life. Just remember to stay focused, ignore small annoyances, and learn to adapt. College is the perfect time to broaden your horizons in order to open up awesome possibilities.

Guest Post by Anica Oaks

A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica is a full-time freelance writer. She has already published articles for a variety of industries, ranging from technology to beauty to health. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related.

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