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7 Things You’ll Actually Miss About Dorm Living

Everyone always thinks moving into your first apartment means more freedom, daylong drinking, and maybe even your own bedroom. The fact of the matter is, it’s much more than just that. It means more responsibility, a shit load of chores, and a lot more money (believe it or not, toilet paper can’t be purchased with meal points). To all the freshmen and dorm-livers out there, here are the top things you’ll miss when you finally get sick of sharing a room with your roommate who sleeps all day or never cleans.

1. Paying Bills

That monthly trip to the mailbox to collect your bills may not seem all that bad, but you’ll miss being blissfully ignorant about how much money you or your parents are paying. The Director of Comcast Bill Management is always a crucial role for any apartment. Everyone loves it when collection agencies call your phone in the middle of the night because your roommate refuses to get change for a $20 so you can send in the bill, am I right?

2. Bathroom Gossip

Believe it or not, you’ll miss the random story exchanges from the person down the hall about the night before while you’re standing in your towel waiting to shower, or better yet, while you’re brushing your teeth. You’ll also miss overhearing the gossip while you’re in the shower. A little eavesdropping never hurt anyone. Oh, and bathrooms in general are a pain in the ass to clean…

3. Not Having to Clean Your Bathroom

I think we can all agree having someone else clean your bathroom every day is better than doing it yourself. On that note, Peggy from East halls is a saint.

4. Meal Plan

Coming back from class at 5:30 to realize you need to cook dinner and then do all the dishes isn’t fun. $12 Wings Over orders can only go so far, and it was always a lot more fun to blow meal points at the Big O than actually shopping and maintaing a grocery list.

 5. Your RA

Everyone has a love-hate relationship with their RA. You either have that douchey RA who actually monitors your shenanigans, in which case you’ll miss making fun of them and the random drunken nights trying to avoid them. Or you’ll have that rare RA who doesn’t care or even buys you alcohol, in which case you’ll miss bragging to your friends about how cool your RA is.

6. Stall Stories

Stall stories are perhaps the most underrated aspect doing your business on campus. We all like to have something to read, right?. And let’s be serious, how else would you know that there’s a volunteer fair in the hub or what movies are going to be playing on TV that week?

7. Floor Camaraderie

Nothing’s better than those nights you stumble home at 3 a.m. only to find half your floor hanging out in the hallway too. Some are puking, some are eating pokey sticks, and some are making fools of themselves, but there’s always a funny story or two to exchange. For better or for worse, the atmosphere just isn’t the same in apartments.

Enjoy the dorms while you can, because before you know it you’ll be cleaning your own bathroom, cooking your own food, and fixing your own WiFi instead of that nice dude at ResCom. Not to mention you have the rest of your life to live in an apartment.

About the Author

Bailey Siegel

Bailey is a Public Relations major and Psychology and Sociology minor from right outside Washington D.C. with a passion for Penn State Football and good music.


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