Even if you have siblings (which I don’t), there’s something different about having a roommate. While every dorm is different, this is someone you’ll be sharing a very small space with for roughly eight months. You’re going to want to be on good terms with this person, trust me.
The best piece of advice I can offer someone trying to be a good roommate is be a decent human being. That’s really all it takes. Remember the golden rule? Treat others how you’d like to be treated? Yeah, that applies to roommate situations.
There’s something you should probably know about me. I love school. Even when I’m having a difficult time with classes, I can’t bring myself to abandon my love of education. A lot of people think I’m crazy, but love doesn’t always make sense.
That being said, I enjoy the break I get in the summer like any other gal. For a few months I don’t have to worry about my GPA or how I’m going to fit everything into my crazy schedule. All I’m responsible for is working and spending time with friends.
Since my schedule relaxes during the summer, I tend to let myself get a little… lazy when it comes to my normal routines. I barely look at my planner and my bedtime routine completely falls apart. From May-August, this is completely okay, but come September I know I need to kick my bum back into gear.
If this sounds like you, I have a few things you can do in August to make sure you’re ready to kick September’s bum.
This past school year, my first in university, jump started my desire to feed myself properly. Until moving across the country, I had never considered what it took to eat a balanced meal. Sure, sometimes I would have to cook for myself but there was always someone around (my mom) to make sure I got enough nutrients at the end of the day.
My school boasts that it offers “tasty and varied menus”, something I would say is a flat out lie. Even without my dietary restrictions, varied isn’t a word I would put anywhere near what Sodexo serves and tasty is subjective.
Their many versions of the potato were certainly tasty (and I did learn this year that I can survive off just potatoes and milk alone), but they didn’t always do a lot to contribute to a healthy meal.
Some of this is on me. I’m a vegetarian who eats vegan as often as possible. However, it quickly became apparent to everyone I knew that we were going to have to get creative if we wanted a balanced diet. Or if we wanted to have meals that varied day to day.
People eat in meal hall because they have to and for the social aspect, they don’t do it for the great food.
It’s that time of year. Whether you like it or not, you’re probably about to start school in September and for some of you, this is going to be the first time you’re going to school away from home. Do you even know what you’re going to put on your college packing list?
While I’ve done exchanges before and kind of knew what stuff I might need in a dorm room, I still looked all over pinterest for what kind of stuff I might want to bring to school. Not just for functionality, but for decoration! Having never seen my dorm before (or even been to my new city!) I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to bring on a plane with me from home to start myself off and what I wanted to get as time went on. Personally, I’d hold off on most purchases until you’ve lived in your dorm for about a week.
Turns out, there are a lot of things you don’t actually need in your college dorm. Remember, this room is super small and you’re only in it for a 8 months. You probably don’t need everything you think you do, so if you’re ready to start a packing list keep on scrolling.
Transitions are hard. When high school finished, I truly believed I was about to get everything I wanted. I was 18, going to university across the country, and finishing the planning for my big solo trip to Europe. Surely, all this meant I was an adult. Little Maggie had dreamed of this moment.
Graduation meant leveling up.
With all the arrogance of someone who thinks they’re prepared for everything, I barely listened to what people had to tell me about going to university. No matter what they told me, my first year was going to be perfect. I wouldn’t have regrets or mistakes to learn from.
I don’t know if that was optimism or just plain foolishness, but I do have some regrets and mistakes to learn from. Hopefully, you’ll listen to my advice more than I would have. I’m not saying that finishing my first year means I know best (or even that I know anything at all), but I do think it grants me some authority on the subject of surviving freshman year. I made it out alive after all.
Welcome to Actually, it’s Maggie! I’ve been meaning to create a blog for ages now, but just never got around to it. This June I decided to create my blog as a side project during the rest of my university experience, partially because I think I have a lot of interesting things to share and partially because I just really wanted to give it a go.
Everything about the creation of AiM has been quick and I’m a little impressed I even have a blog page right now. I’ll be posting new material twice weekly (Monday and Thursday) starting Monday, July 18th. I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve been working on these last few weeks.
As I write this, I’m still in the middle of trying to edit and figure out my blog. I’ve never had to work with wordpress before and know very limited coding, so this has been a bit of a crash course for me. Please bear with me while I try to figure it all our and follow me on social media! I’m most active on pinterest and twitter. Can’t wait to interact with you!