Surprise! You're in college!
(ARA) - "I never knew living with a roommate was so hard."
can't believe the amount of reading required for just one class."
didn't know what the Freshman 20 was until I gained 20 pounds."
matter how hard or how long
you plan for college, it's filled with surprises, from dorm conflicts
and academic rigors to the relationship maze and campus logistics.
Students at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minn., share surprises
they encountered to give freshmen a "heads up" on what to expect
when entering the ivy-covered walls this fall.
Adjusting to a roommate's
music preferences, sleeping times and tastes in décor was a surprise
to Emily Carlson, a communication major. "I was an only child used
to my own room, so it was a challenge adjusting to roommates."
"At first it felt like
being at summer camp," recalls Kristy Lindquist, a cross-cultural
ministry major. "Eventually one becomes accustomed to it, after
growing from both good and bad experiences."
At the beginning of
her freshman year, Amber White, a music major, thought she'd get
close to one roommate in particular, but it wasn't the case. "I
thought I'd get along better with my roommates, but overall the
friends I made in the first weeks were not the friends I actually
The housekeeping aspects
of the sexes surprised senior Ben Hemmila, president of the Northwestern
Student Association. "Guys dorms smell bad no matter what happens!
Girls dorms are generally messier than guys, but smell better."
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| Relationships | Logistics