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4 Nasty Things to Watch Out for In the College Dorms

Categories: College Life

College is a sanctuary for education and academia. It’s a place where students discover themselves, their passions, and what they want to do with their future. It’s the place where different generations come together to teach each other and expand knowledge to make the world a better place to be…

But the college dorms can get a bit nasty.

Hundreds of adolescents living in small quarters? An average of two people per matchbox-sized room does not make for ideal living conditions. Sure, it’s fun to live in a building with a bunch of people your age who have similar interests and are probably totally down to try to make jello with you in your dorm room, but there are some things you should watch out for, because in such close quarters, nasty things can be contagious.

1. Lice
Most people at some point in their lives have been ridden with these nasty insects that seek solace in our hair–especially young children. Recently, Huntington University in Indiana has had an outbreak of lice within its dorms. Lice spread easily, so it makes sense that a bunch of almost 20-somethings living in close quarters would have a break out. If you notice you’re scratching your head, or any read bumps on your head or neck, avoid resting on your roommate’s pillow and head straight for the shower with some get-rid-of-lice shampoo.

2. Bed Bugs
Many higher education institutions have been driven to war with these nighttime demons more commonly known as bedbugs, including Stanford University, Ohio StateTexas A&M, University of Florida, the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Northern Illinois University, McGill University and the University of Colorado in Boulder. According to a 2010 Aol News article, Boulder spent $45,000 on methods to eradicate bedbugs from dorms. It’s expensive because bedbugs are unfortunately a pain in the butt to get rid of. Luckily, they haven’t been proven to spread disease, but they do bite and make you itch.

3. Viruses
We’ve all been hit with a bug before, but in the confined spaces of a college dorm, viruses have a way of spreading even faster. According to the Huffington Post, this week at George Washington University about 85 students have been struck by norovirus. Remember, washing your hands can go a long way in the college dorms.

4. Bad Habits
One of the most contagious, terrible things that goes viral in a college dormitory are the nasty habits, like procrastination, bad hygiene, and unhealthy life choices. Maybe your roommate hasn’t showered in a few days, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to. You also don’t have to have wild nights out on school nights or before big exams because the cool kids down the hall are. There are enough opportunities to have fun in college, so there is no need to sacrifice your health or your grades to succumb to bad habits.

Have you come across any gross things in the college dorms? Share your story in the comment section below!

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4 Ways to Choose your Freshman Roommate

Categories: College Life

If you’re like me, when one stress source closes, another window of stress opens. So, even though you are officially relieved from the anxiety that is begotten from the college search–assuming everyone reading this blog has been admitted to college and has decided where they’ll be heading–don’t get stressed out that you’re going to run out of things to stress out about.  We have another stress factor for you: Your freshman roommate.

The freshman roommate can turn out to be a(n):

A. absolute nightmare
C. just a person you happen to share a tiny room with

Here are 4 ways to go about choosing your future freshman college roommate:

1. Blind
Rooming blind is for the adventurous. For those who yearn for the surprise and peril of the open sea! It’s also for anyone who is kind of apathetic about the whole thing.
Pro: You could be paired with someone who you wouldn’t meet otherwise and who could help expand your college world.
Con: You have no way of knowing what you’ll be getting in to.

2. A friend
Rooming with a friend is a risk, but not for risk-takers.
Pro: You’ll be living with someone you already know! Having a safety net could help you be more outgoing when making new friends.
Con: Moving from friends to college roommates is an underrated shift in the tectonic plates of friendship. You’ll suddenly be around each other 24/7.  You could risk changing the friendship you have.

3. A friend of a friend
The friend of a friend roommate strategy is the perfect smoothie made from the blind roommate situation and friend roommate situation.
Pro: You have a friend in common, so you know a mutual friend thinks you’re both pretty rad and probably won’t steal things.
Con: If you both have a lot of the same mutual friends, your social circle might not expand the way you wanted it to in college.

4. Facebook or social networking site
For the person who wants to control the roommate issue as much as they can without going through friends.
Pro: You can handpick your college roommate by sifting through different options to find the person that you think you’d get along with while dwelling together.
Con: You might not get what you thought you signed up for.

Do you have any advice or thoughts on choosing a freshman college roommate? Leave a comment!

The 10 Best College Dorms in the Country

GSU In most dorm rooms, there’s barely enough space to move between your bed and the door. The Huffington Post, though, has just posted the 10 best college dorms in the country.  These are not your average college dorms. These are super dorms, complete with kitchens, copious amounts of square feet and common spaces fit for a king, or studying.  Do you think these awesome college dorm rooms also come with an awesome college roommate who doesn’t steal your stuff?

Here are the 10 best college dorms in country:

1. La Salle University, St. Basil Court

2. Winona State University, Lucas

3. Villanova University, Farley Hall

4. Georgia State University, University Commons

5. Mississippi State University, Hurst Hall

6. Villanova University, Welsh Hall

7. James Madison University, Gifford Hall

8. The College of New Jersey, Eickhoff Hall

9. Kennesaw State University, University Village Suites

10. Saint Joseph’s University, Borgia Hall

Would you choose a college for a dorm?