It’s currently 12:30 in the morning and one of my wonderful suitemates just finished blasting rap music in the bathroom during their shower. It’s ironic that they decided to grace our dorm with their presence because I was busy deciding whether I would post tonight or not. You can thank them for what’s about to transpire…
Here are my top five reasons why I hate living in a public dorm!
5.) You’re subjected to the whimsy of anyone else’s desire at any ungodly time of the day
Don’t get me wrong, I love people. I mean, I want to be a pastor so it comes with the territory. What I don’t love however is that no matter how desperate you may be for silence, no one else seems to notice. Whether it’s the freshman playing basketball in the hall at 3am, suitemates blasting annoying music in the middle of the night, or random people walking in to your dorm room whenever they please. I suppose I need to work on my “the heck are you thinking” look because it must not be working.
4.) Oh, the smells you’ll smell
I typically pride myself on being a relatively well kept human being. The hair on my head may get a little crazy sometimes and I may have decided to eat Taco Bell one day but I’m typically well kept. Some of the people I encounter however, have me questioning what they spend their free time doing. Obviously it’s not laundry.
3.) Feeling like I need a shower every time I step into my bathroom
I currently live in a two person dorm (my roommate is the bomb) and our room is connected with another two person room (they’re a’ight). What connects our two rooms is an adjunct bathroom that all four of us share. It’s straight white brick wall with only one shower and one toilet. Honestly, it’s enough and I’m not complaining. What I am saying is that I’m a little paranoid when it comes to this bathroom…Things are beginning to grow on the wall and just thinking about walking around barefoot in there makes me shiver. I’ve cleaned that floor before and I’m still having nightmares…I wonder if they sell hazmat suits on Amazon…
2.) The Rules
Look, I attend a Christian college so I’m sure you’re atleast semi-aware of what that entails. Before I dig in here I do have to give credit where credit is due: This school isn’t bad at all when it comes to some things. I know “Christian” (I use that term lightly) colleges that don’t even allow boys and girls to walk on the same pathway lest they stumble in sexual sin (looking at you Bob Jones…). On the other hand there are a few things that I could simply do without as an independent 23 year old man. Having to sign out of the dorm before I leave for an extended amount of time, having an in-dorm curfew, and not being able to access a working stove are just a few that I’ll name (There’s a stove but it’s on the girl’s side of the dorm and the guys aren’t allowed over there…I JUST WANNA MAKE SOME PIZZA ROLLS)
1.) Privacy Schmivacy
I love silence. In fact, the older I get the more I crave it. I wish to be able to go about my business and do so in a manner that is quiet and efficient. I do have to admit that I have a low tolerance for loud noises and childish people so patience is a virtue I’m learning. I suppose that my biggest wish is to be able to go about my day, do my job, and then come home to a spacious place I can call my own. There is where I can sit back, catch up on what I need to do, and re-charge (I’m slowly turning into an introvert). Here, on a campus full of students, is where you will not be able to find any of that. I love my friends, I really do, but I also love my silence. Can I admit that I love it a little bit more than my friends? Is that ok?
Thank you suitemates for providing tonight’s topics. What are some of the experiences you have from living in a publicly accessible place? Leave a comment!