5 Surprising Facts About College Life…It’s Not Like TV

College is one of the biggest transitions you will face in your life. It takes a lot of getting used to, and the time it takes to get comfortable is different for everyone.

The transition is nerve racking but also exciting, which is way you should be prepared for it rather than fear it.

Here are some things you should expect to get used to when you get to college:

  • The Bathroom: A dorm bathroom experience is one that you’ll remember the rest of your life. Not only will you be sharing toilets with your floor mates but you’ll also be sharing the showers, sinks and vanities. It could be overwhelming at first but soon you’ll find the time when the showers are vacant, and as long as you have a pair of flip-flops, a robe, and a good shower caddy, bathing will be much easier.
  • The Food: I have eaten at many colleges, and while some are better than others, none of them were as good as a home cooked meal. When you first get to school try a little bit of everything that they offer in the dining hall. You’ll soon find out what you like, and what agrees with your stomach. It won’t take long to get into an eating routine, but just in case, make sure your dorm fridge is packed with snacks.
  • Resident Advisors: Resident advisors, or RAs, are usually upper classman who are assigned to live in and monitor freshmen dorms. For lack of a better word, they are the parents of the dorm. Usually each floor has their own RA, and they have an open door policy if you need someone to work a problem out with, or just want to talk. The RAs are constantly watching, and that takes some getting used to. While your parents may have had a watchful eye on you, RA’s are around the clock aware of who and what is coming in and out of your room, and they have the right to knock on your door whenever they feel it’s necessary. RA’s are usually outgoing and friendly though, and all their doing is just for your safety.
  • Roommates: College roommates take sibling roommates to another level. Your dorm room will most likely be small and crowded. At first your sleeping patterns may be affected, but after time you’ll get to know each other’s schedules and routines and you will work yours around it.  You’ve probably heard your fair share of roommate horror stories (oops!), but many time roommates end up becoming best friends.
  • Transportation: The majority of freshmen living on campus do not have their cars. Many freshmen only got their license a couple of years ago and now that freedom is semi-gone. To accommodate for car-less students, campuses have shuttle services that run to shopping centers, malls, movie theaters, and other campuses if need be. Once you get used to the shuttle schedule, you may even be happy that you don’t have to spend gas money anymore!

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.