Dorm life can be tricky. There are rules and courtesies around that you didn’t need to follow at home. Here are some fool proof tips on what NOT to do in the dorms.
Just don’t. It is against Carthage’s alcohol policy, and chances are, you are too young to legally drink anyway. If you are caught, not only will you be in trouble with the Office of Student Life, but there will be fines to pay on top of that.
Take decorating too far
There are plenty of DIY ways to spruce up your white-walled dorm room, but stick to Command strips and hooks so that you do not damage the walls. If you live in the Oaks, do not even use those—they are not compatible with the drywall and paint finish used, and will inevitably take some of it with when you pull off the strip. Charges for room damage can add up fast, so use less-risky Sticky Tack to hang up your “Keep Calm” poster.
Damage your building
Residents are responsible for any damage done to the common areas of dorm buildings, like the lounges or elevators—the cost is divided among all who live in the building. The first time might only cost you a few dollars, but if damage continues you might be stuck paying for things you did not even do. Keep an eye out for the people ripping off fire escape signs or leaving food in lounge refrigerators over breaks and report them to your RA so that the person responsible gets charged instead of you.
Crank up the volume during quiet hours
There are quiet hours for a reason. Sure, there are some like you staying up into the wee hours to finish homework or catch up on “Breaking Bad”, but the other half of your floor will be trying to get some rest before their 8 a.m. the next morning. The same goes for video chatting and phone calls—keep them to earlier in the night so that you do not disturb your room- and floor-mates. Headphones are your, and everyone else’s, friend.
Be a bad roommate
It is fine if you and your roommate do not get along—that is bound to happen to some when you are paired with strangers. But be considerate and try your best to live together. With luck, you will be able to move, and if not, it is only for nine months. You can make it.