I have never lived in a dorm situation. The closest I came was sharing a room with my sister, Carolyn, for 8 months while we stayed in a dorm in Germany. We had shared a room as kids, so it really wasn't a big deal at all.
I lived at home through college. Lee & I bought our condo 3 months before we got married, and I moved in after the wedding. So, I don't have a lot of experience with having to adjust to other people outside family & husband.
Trevor got a little taste of this last year. He shared a room with a roommate for the beginning of the year, and then the roommate moved out. He said Trevor typed too loud on his computer - at least that's what Trevor understood.
Diana's situation is a bit different. Her quad room has its own bathroom and her room is just for her (thank goodness!). The shared part is the kitchen.
It has been determined now that Diana is the only one who goes to bed 'early' between 10:00 & 11:00. Diana really needs her sleep - she's just one of those people that doesn't do well with 4-5 hours a night. She needs at least 7.
I guess everyone else likes to go to bed at 3:00am. We are looking to get Diana some kind of white noise thing, and more batteries for her MP3 player. A lot of it is just getting used to the whole situation. College dorms are noisy. That's pretty much a fact of life. She's still in a much better situation than having to share the bathroom with 3 other girls, and not having someone also sleeping in the same room.
Her roommates might find after the first round of tests that a 3:00am bedtime is a little too late for them as well. Trevor figured that one out & the upshot is he's now attending Community College for this year...
The first meeting of the Bloggess Book Club
3 days ago