Dorm Life To Apartment Life
As freshman, the transition from living in your cozy home to a dorm full of a hundred girls or guys can take a while to get used to — especially if you had your own room growing up! But fast forward a couple years and you’re finally moving into an apartment. For many, this transition is seen more as the transition into “semi-adulthood.” We now have to cook for ourselves, clean for ourselves and basically start to actually provide for ourselves. It’s an adjustment some are joyful for and some are a little nervous.
One difference that my apartment mates
and I have already noticed is how much more closed off and separated things can be! It’s not a hall any more where you see tons of people constantly walking through. You have you’re own home now. Occasionally, you see your neighbors as you venture to your 8 a.m. classes or hear the slamming of a door, but unless you make the effort to see people, no one could know you’re there! I remember my freshman year just sitting in the hall with my RA and hall mates and doing whatever, whether it was eating food and talking about The Bachelor, or doing homework together. We were always in community and I absolutely loved that. Now I am not saying you can’t have community in your apartment building, because you can! You just have to try harder, willing to ring that doorbell and be the good neighbor that the Lord has taught us to be.
Second, you don’t have to just stay cooped up in your room! There’s so much more space in the apartments. Going from just having one room, that you shared, to a space with four different areas definitely takes adjustment! It’s a good adjustment though because like I said, YOU HAVE ALL THIS SPACE TO MOVE. Under your bed doesn’t have to be your only storage space anymore, which is a huge blessing, considering I’m from out of state and have a ton of luggage. You have tons of cabinets and closet space that you can fit every devotional, Chaco, mug, coffee bean, and flannel you have ever owned!
Lastly, you get to live with two more people than you started with! Which I believe to be great because I already love my apartment mates and the home we have created. It’s a place of fellowship, christ-centered relationships, understanding, sharing and joy! It’s also a home full of yummy treats, failed attempts at cooking, late night honey butter chicken biscuit runs and lots of sweet tea. Being able to live in a close space with three other godly women is a perfect environment to be in through the stress and worries that college throws at you.
There are still several more changes and differences, whether good or bad, that I could go on and on about, but I feel like these were some good ones to share! College is full of transitions and changes but as long as you surround yourself with the right people and God, it’ll all turn out well. Welcome back Bison! So glad to be back at this astounding university with ya’ll.