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The Top Ten Most Stereotypical Dorm Decorations

Whether your room at home is a personal sanctuary or a complete disaster (that hasn’t been redone since fourth grade), moving into the little box that Penn State considers a dorm room can be a bit sad. The cool thing about the room’s simplicity is that you can decorate it however you want, but somehow a lot of our rooms still seem to resemble one another. Here, in no particular order, are the top ten most stereotypical decorations found in a Penn State dorm room.

How many of these things do you own?

1. Picture Collage

The bigger your collage, the more friends you had in high school. It’s as simple as that.

2.”Keep Calm and…”

People love this quote, and I mean seriously LOVE it. You can tack it on to just about any phrase: “Keep Calm and Party On”, “Keep Calm and Eat Pizza”,”Keep Calm and Don’t Buy a Keep Calm Poster.”

3. Christmas Lights

Christmas lights have this rare ability to look super tacky and super awesome at the same time. How can you not love that?

4. Posters of Naked Girls

Nothing says independence like having the freedom to post half-naked women all over your room! Now that you’re not living under Mom’s roof, you’re a real man, and this is what real men do.

5. Tapestries

Tapestries are a great way to bring out your inner hippie while covering up a boring white wall. They’re also totally in right now. Great investment all around.

6. Jerseys on the Wall

Personally, I don’t get the point of hanging your clothes on the wall when you could just wear them, but people use this as an easy way to give their room some personality and show support for their beloved hometown teams.

7. Trophy Bottles

Your collection may only contain a few empty handles of Vlad and that one bottle of Grey Goose that your brother bought you last Christmas, but the key word here is empty. If they’re finished, they’re trophies. Display away.

8. Something Penn State

Penn State Nittany Lions Striped Flag

Are you even a Penn State student if you have NOTHING Penn State in your dorm room? No. No you are not.

9. Your Initials

Let everyone know that this is your room (or your half of the room) by slapping your initials up onto the wall. Be sure to brainstorm a lot of cool middle names in advance so that when people ask “What does the C stand for?” you can make yourself seem way more exotic than you actually are. (My middle name is Cathryn…not exotic at all.)

10. Life Quotes

I blame this craze solely on Pinterest.
Don’t have any of these items in your own room? Congrats, you are a pure bred original. If we missed any of your favorite stereotypical decorations let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Lindsay Hummell

Sophomore majoring in Biobehavioral Health.


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