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College Life Questions -- college students

DreamAwakeDreamAwake Posts: 22Registered User New Member
edited February 2010 in College Life
Do you think its easier to find friends if you dorm or if youre a commuter?
Is it more distracting to dorm and is it easier to commute because youll have less distraction at home?
How did you know that the certain college was the college for you?
Have you ever been in a fire drill when you were in the shower? If so, how did this work out? lol.
How hard or easy is the change from high school education to college life & education.
Did you find the transition easy or hard?

Thanks in advance
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  • chuychuy Posts: 3,891Registered User Senior Member
    1) Dorm by a huge margin.
    2) Depends on your home and dorm situation, really. You can always go do work and study in the library, and that library will likely be more accessible if you're living on campus.
    3) I got in state tuition to go to an excellent school for the major I wanted. When I visited it seemed like a fun place to be.
    4) Yeah, I just threw on a towel and went outside. It's more embarrassing for girls when there is a 2am fire alarm pull in an all male dorm...
    5) Depends on the highschool, the college, and you. If you take an easy courseload in an easy major and stay focused it could even be easier than highschool, but a lot of people have trouble balancing the new freedoms they have with the (usually) increased workload.
    6) From senior year of highschool to freshman year of college was pretty easy since I'd APed out of some of my regular freshman classes and was mostly taking easy electives. Freshman year to sophomore year was brutal, since my 'real' classes started.
  • S0adS0ad Posts: 914Registered User Member
    Def. dorm. My first school I live on campus for year and made lots of friends very easily (which is usually a little hard because I'm shyish). Now I transferred and commute and only know a few people, and haven't made the same bonds I did while in a dorm.

    I live in an apartment with my boyfriend and dogs. I probably would be stressed out if I lived in my parents. There are by far less distractions in my apartment than dorm. But there are also lots of people in the same class to help you out in a dorm.

    By the people, area, and most importantly, financial aid.

    No, but knew people who were. You basically go outside in your robe or towel, which sucks depending on the weather.

    Work transition was easy for me.

    Transition socially was a little difficult at first, but after the first few weeks I got used to every thing.
  • red963red963 Posts: 280Registered User Junior Member
    1.) Definately easier in the dorms

    2.) Easier to live in the dorms

    3.) I really didn't have much of a choice due to finances

    4.) There was a fire drill one night (we were in a co-ed bathroom). Most of the guys just put on their boxers and the girls just put on their underwear and a shirt. Some just put on a towel or robe. It really wasn't embarassing since we all stayed together.

    5.) It just depends on the professors and what classes you are taking. Socially was easy for me.
  • collegebosscollegeboss Posts: 437- Member
    OP i like your name.

    Commuting sucks, i would never do it.

    College life compared to hs life is like being let out of a cage, even if you didnt realize you were in one.
  • TwistedxKissTwistedxKiss Posts: 2,535Registered User Senior Member
    Do you think its easier to find friends if you dorm or if youre a commuter?

    Easier if you're in the dorms, hands down.

    Is it more distracting to dorm and is it easier to commute because youll have less distraction at home?

    It was MUCH less distracting for me to live at school than it was at home. At home my parents expected me to do chores, to come down to dinner when they wanted to, to participate in family activities, my sister was extremely loud, when I was having a hard time focusing I had nowhere else to go to change my environment, at college sure there are lots of fun things to do but part of growing up is learning to ignore those until you have time to play. At least in the dorms you have few or no obligations to distract you from your work. My family did not have any concept of how many hours go into college work and would get extremely mad at me when I wouldn't drop everything to do what they wanted me to do, or if I stayed up late to work on something.

    How did you know that the certain college was the college for you?
    Honestly I decided I wanted to go because I realized I had a chance at getting into the most selective school in the state (which was a HUGE thing for me having nearly not graduated high school because of my learning disabilities), and I knew I liked the town, and the distance was right, and they had a good program in what I wanted to study. I did visit and fell in love with the campus instantly, there is very little that my school can't offer someone.

    Have you ever been in a fire drill when you were in the shower? If so, how did this work out? lol.
    No. However, I don't just go to the shower in a towel like a lot of girls do in part for this reason. I usually bring pajamas with me so if that were to happen, I could get dressed.

    How hard or easy is the change from high school education to college life & education.
    It depends on how well prepared you are, I think a lot depends on your maturity-- that is what is going to make you flexible enough to adjust quickly.

    Did you find the transition easy or hard?
    For me it was very easy. College is worlds easier for me than high school was.
  • lolcats4lolcats4 Posts: 3,203Registered User Senior Member
    Good questions.

    1. Do you think its easier to find friends if you dorm or if youre a commuter?

    Dorm, no question. I really love living next to all of my closest friends. And you miss out on so much if you commute.

    2. Is it more distracting to dorm and is it easier to commute because youll have less distraction at home?

    It will definitely be more distracting in the dorms (at least it is for me). But, you learn about other places that are good to study at.

    3. How did you know that the certain college was the college for you?

    If I have to be entirely honest, it was the facebook group that was created for the Class of 2013. I was addicted to that group after I was admitted and when I visited campus and met a lot of people (including people from the group) I knew I had found the place.

    4. Have you ever been in a fire drill when you were in the shower? If so, how did this work out? lol.

    Nope, thankfully.

    5. How hard or easy is the change from high school education to college life & education.
    Did you find the transition easy or hard?

    I wouldn't say it was hard for me, but I do face the challenge of trying to balance schoolwork with hanging out with my awesome friends.
  • vicissitudesvicissitudes Posts: 3,498Registered User Senior Member
    1. Dorm. It's not guaranteed that you'll have an easy time finding friends, but it's not going to be harder to find friends living in the dorms than commuting.
    2. Depends. It might be more distracting but it could also be more beneficial to have people around to study with.
    3. You don't, but that's okay. Most colleges are pretty similar and it's more up to you to create the experience that you want to have within the college.
    4. Just get out. Wrap a towel around yourself or quickly get dressed.
    5. College is a period of self-discovery, and you are constantly changing as you go through college, so it's a process. There is no one-time transition.
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