Yes, you read it correctly!
7 years of dorm life!
I went to boarding school in 8th grade.
You ask, what? you left home in such a young age!
I will say, yeah, I am pretty independent and I just wanted to study abroad.
(but life wasn't as easy as I thought - read below)
The school I went had students from all over the world (which was great because I got to learn difficult cultures).
So from 8th grade until I graduated, I lived in the dorm.
And then once I came to college, I lived two more years in the dorm until my sophomore year.
Some of you probably have never lived in a dorm before. It's quite common.
That's usually because you live with your family in a house or in an apartment.
But since you will be living on your own sooner or later, I believe these will help you as well.
1. No one does laundry for you
Yeah, basically when you are at home with your family, your mom or dad does all the laundry.
They will ask if you have anything to wash, and you just give them the dirty clothes.
Once you move in to the dorm, you have to do your own laundry.
And quarters are really important.
I don't know why, but the laundry machine only takes quarters.
2. You will eventually learn how to cook
We all love food, but then high school food isn't actually delicious.
And when you are from another country, you want the food you used to eat at home!
So then, for me, I would visit the H-Mart website to order bunch of Korean food or candy.
OR ask my parents to send me some Korean food (costs a lot don't do it)!
But you know that you eventually have to get used to American food.
Therefore, I start learning to cook.
I really think that if I didn't lived in dorms all these years, I probably wouldn't be able to cook at all.
3. Growing up
College was a bit easier for me since I was already adjusted to dorm life. (and more freedom!)
I remember every single moment in my high school because it was a life-changing experience.
First, living with someone you don't know and trying to go along with the flow, is not that simple.
I have had some roommates that I did not actually got along with, but learned to cope with them.
Eventually, there were too much troubles, that we were able to choose our roommates. (LOL)
Second, dorm rules.
Not gonna lie, staying in the dorms and not able to go out anywhere (you need permission every time) or when there's really nothing around the school isn't fun.
I got into a lot of troubles by not following the school rules.
(I was a bit of a troublemaker back then- I just wanted to be free.)
I love eating but I didn't want to go to mandatory breakfasts or dinners (6pm - must wear uniform).
I just really did not see the point of it.
(Now that I think of it, I think they made it mandatory: 1. let us understand the importance of time management 2. wanted to make sure we were all healthy and safe)
Since I broke the rule, I got my punishments which sucked.
But I think these rebellion-punishments actually made me grow up.
(It's like having evil & strict second parents (dorm/school teachers) wanting to make sure I am tamed;
I was in my puberty-mode, I simply just wanted everyone to leave me alone)
4. Taking responsibility
I am not saying people around me were unhelpful.
Normally when you are living with your family, you ask for help (even really trivial matters)
However, when you live alone, or with a friend, there are some times when you just need to do everything on your own.
For instance, re-organizing room takes energy and time. Beds and desks are heavy.
1. you don't really want to ask help for a friend because they will think it's heavy too
2. you sorta don't want to ask for help to an adult because you don't want them to invade your space
so you end up doing it alone
You will probably need practice and time for this.
You can't feel this until you say goodbye to your family at the airport. It's actually really sad.
I remember crying inside my dorm closet or under my blanket since I was so homesick.
As time passes by, you tend to adjust to the lifestyle and go on with your life.
I remember (when I was young) I was longing for time to pass by just to go back home.
Now, (and I am living an apartment at the moment) I am not as homesick as I used to be.
I think this is a good thing though. Able to calmly managing my life without being too needy.
Whether you a parent thinking of sending your sons or daughters to boarding school, or whether you are a student who is thinking of living dorm, I want to say that you will learn a lot, physically and mentally. I think I went through more of a tough time since I was young, but it's a definitely good way to learn to be independent and be a mature person. I'd say living in a dorm could be a good step before living in an apartment.
Thank you so much for reading my blog on dorm life, and don't forget to hit the like button down below if this was anyway helpful to you! :D
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