Five things dorm kids are sick of hearing
Living on campus in one of the dorms can be a really cool experience. Not only it is a short distance from your classes, you can also meet people from overseas and all around Australia. However, it seems that most students who live outside the realms of campus living have misconceptions about dorm life. It often comes with curiosity about the secret life of living in a dorm, but some things we’re defs sick of hearing.
“Are there wild parties every single weekend?”
Don’t get me wrong, there are wild parties. Sometimes they get shut down by police, but it doesn’t happen every weekend. Usually you can tell which apartment is known for the parties and often referred for a semester as “the party apartment”. But if it happened every weekend, we’d be kicked out. There are often stricter noise curfews during exam times or a noticeable lack of parties during particular parts of the semester (i.e. assignment time).
“Do you guys even study in the dorms?”
Hard to believe, but we do actually study. Some uni dorms have tutors who can help you personally study, or others have a study space where they provide tea, coffee and biscuits – the real perks of dorm life. There is always an emphasis on study and they provide a great space to help you get that degree.
“So… where are you actually from?”
While most people who live in dorms are from overseas, there are a few of us who are from other places in Australia. During my time living on campus, I’ve met people from rural country areas and interstate. I get interesting reactions from those who have found out my home town is about a two-hour drive away from uni, because they often don’t expect dorm-dwellers to live so close.
“Are you friends with everyone?”
While you can make awesome friends out of living in the dorms, you won’t always be friends with everyone who lives there. Often there are hundreds of students living in these dorms, and most of them are exchange students. Not only is it hard to keep track of who is living there from each semester, but there will always be people you don’t get along with. Out of my four years living in the dorms, I have made a few close friends who have all gone back home to their countries, but we still keep in contact.
“Is your room like Hogwarts?”
Sadly, the rooms look more like a dungeon than Hogwarts. Often you get a small room that looks really gloomy and you feel like you’re going to gaol for obtaining a degree. You can still add posters and pictures from your life back at home to cheer the place up, but it still has the gaol feel to it. As well your room is often a total mess, especially after a party or a night in full of pizza and beer. Not one thing in my room is as magical as Hogwarts.
Sinead studies Master of Arts at University of New England. When she is not studying she is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter.