What Ohio University dorm do you belong in based on your favorite Netflix show

 

Ohio University’s campus is pretty big and it’s understandable that  you might need a little help on deciding on where to live. Sometimes that help comes in the form of Netflix TV shows.

 

11 Posts That Speak The Truth About Dorm Life

  1. No matter if it’s 6 a.m. or 9 p.m., these are always true. Countless times I found myself avoiding people crying on the phone around Thanksgiving (often referred to as Breaksgiving due to the high number of break ups) at all hours.

2. I can’t deny writing a few pass-aggressive notes in my time. The best example of this that I witnessed (I swear I wasn’t involved) was in the bathrooms of James Hall my freshman year. Our bathrooms were communal, and one girl left a note on the shower for everyone to see about having sex in the shower. Also, my friend used to sneeze in Adams Hall and her neighbors would yell back “Bless you!”

quiet sex image
via http://www.buzzfeed.com/brittneygibson/images-that-scream-i-live-in-a-college-dorm#.viGbdPdMb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Trust me, you will pile in a car as soon as you find someone with keys. We used to hike it to the Athens County Fairgrounds, almost a mile away, just to drive out to the movie theater. One of my favorite college memories was going to the Hunger Games premiere in my friend’s SUV. I’m pretty sure we fit 10 people in the car!

having a car in dorm'
via http://www.buzzfeed.com/moerder/things-youll-do-your-first-semester-of-college#.wnj2qNq52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Your room will probably smell, and you’ll look for ways to fix it. A classic dorm fix is the “dryer sheet-on-the-AC-unit,” releasing a constant smell of ‘Clean Linen.’ Not to worry, those without AC units. Febreze might mask whatever odors are in your room.

desk not for studying
via http://www.buzzfeed.com/kirstenking/things-that-inevitably-happen-while-living-in-a-college-d#.riPWlAl5W

5. My desk became a storage area whether it was for my winter coat, packets of Ramen or $300 textbooks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Athens is the home of late night foods. No matter the condition you eat them in, probably half of the food joints uptown are open for late night hours. A break from the dining halls is much needed, so don’t regret that 2 a.m. charge on your debit card.

pizza at 2 am
via http://www.buzzfeed.com/kirstenking/things-that-inevitably-happen-while-living-in-a-college-d#.riPWlAl5W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Free. Stuff. If I had to sum up my time in the dorm, it would be that they’ll bribe you to do pretty much anything with food. Study with food, taking a bystander course with food or even learn about safe sex with food.

8. Ah, the college Jenga. A classic route to avoid taking out the recycling or trash, especially when you live on the fourth floor. If you join hall council in the building you live in, you may even get to take other people’s trash out to raise money!

via http://imgur.com/gallery/alqulI0
via http://imgur.com/gallery/alqulI0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. In Sargent Hall, I was blessed with the ability to live in the same hall as the wrestlers. I was NOT blessed to have the ability to smell the wrestlers. The first floor was a mouth-breathing only zone.

floor that smells
via http://www.buzzfeed.com/kirstenking/things-that-inevitably-happen-while-living-in-a-college-d#.riPWlAl5W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. This sarcastic tweet speaks the truth for real. I always thought I was going to be able to live in Bromley Hall my sophomore year. Little did I know, the second day of room selection wasn’t even good enough to get a renovated dorm.

 

11. “Easy as 1, 2, 3” yet there are seven steps in this graphic. When you run into problems, it can be tough to get them resolved. Once, I had a bat family living in my air conditioning unit. I had to submit a maintenance request three times before the “bat man” came to fix the hole in my air conditioning unit that the bats had crawled through.

 

What to Do When…Dorm Edition

Living in the dorms is considered a rite of passage for college. It’s fun and something you’ll remember forever, but sometimes you have problems. Whether it’s a bad roommate, or you have Athens’ squirrels in your walls, follow these tips to solve any problems you may have in your dorms:

  1. You have water damage/mold/squirrels in your room: Yes, this may sound horrible, but it does happen. For example, I had squirrels living in my walls for months until someone came and trapped them. Through the fall, winter, and yes, even mating season. When this happens, make sure you fill out a work order. Maintenance usually comes within 5 days or so, so get on and get your room fixed. You also don’t want any charges at the end of the year.

  2. You have loud neighbors: Confront them. If your neighbors are so loud that you can’t even sleep at night, that’s a big problem. Don’t be scared to knock and tell them to keep it down. You are all sharing a space together, and everyone needs to be courteous of each other. If they still don’t quiet down after that, tell your RA. It should be fixed after that. No one should be sleep deprived because someone has to play Drake at 100% volume every night. giphy-1
  3. You have roommate issues: Talk to your roommate first. If they don’t respect your sleeping schedule, throw trash all over the room or always have their significant other over, TALK TO THEM. No one can solve this problem but yourself. But, if you talk to them and nothing changes, go to your RA. Most likely, you and your roommate had to sign a roommate contract, and she’ll get in trouble.
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  4. Your room is too hot/too cold: If your room is too hot, shove towels underneath the floor vent heaters. It’ll prevent air from coming in them and make your room colder. Also, even if you have an AC unit, invest in a fan. It drowns out neighbor noise and makes your room cooler. If your room is too cold, tell your RA or Resident Director. They can put in a work order to fix it. If that doesn’t fix your room, usually maintenance will bring you a space heater to stay warm. giphy-1
  5. You have no space/storage: If you have too much stuff, living in a dorm is going to be hard for you. Before you come to school, make sure you downsize. Don’t bring all 12 pairs of your high heels (you won’t wear them), and shop for basic clothing rather than items that only go with one pair of pants. Your closet, laundry and space in your room will thank you. Also invest in plastic drawers. You can put them anywhere and they hold anything. Plus, when you move out, you can duct tape them shut and move with them.

The “Dos and Don’ts” of Dorm Bathrooms

Living in the dorms is an adventure that every college student should experience. You will have your good dorm days, and your bad, but those days are the ones you’ll remember most. But, before you move in, make sure you follow these bathroom dos and don’ts.

The Court Street Stories Dorm Bathroom Dos and Don’ts 

  1. DO wear flip-flops when going to the bathroom. The floors in bathrooms are only (poorly) cleaned once a week, so it’s a breeding ground for fungus. Unless you want nasty yellow feet, I suggest throwing on a pair of sandals. You don’t want hair stuck on the bottom of your feet, either.      

  2. DON’T make hair art on the walls of the showers. You know, those rorschach test-looking things? The clumps of hair that look like small rodents? Yeah, don’t put those on the walls. We don’t want your dead, old, long hair right above the shower handle. You may have gotten away with this at home, but you won’t here.

  3. DO get a shower caddy big enough for all your products. No one likes fumbling around with shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, body wash, etc. Get a shower caddy with drain holes and forget about the fumbling around. Also, who wants to set their stuff down directly on the shower floor? Gross.

  4. DON’T pour food down the sinks. Most likely, you’ll share a dorm bathroom with almost 20 people, and may only have 3-4 sinks. When someone decides to pour ramen down one of the sinks, POOF! It’s clogged and you can’t use it until maintenance decides to come fix it. That means at 9 a.m. wake up time, you won’t have a sink to use, and will be scrambling to get to your next class with or without your teeth brushed. Just don’t do it. And on another note, throw away your trash in your room, not in the bathroom trash can. It’s annoying.

  5. DO bring your own toilet paper. The toilet paper most schools provide is, well, a grade above sandpaper. If you rather not feel raw 24/7, bringing your own 2-ply toilet paper is good idea. Plus, you’ll always have some when the bathrooms run out during fest weekends (and trust me, they do).

  6. DON’T sit on your phone for hours on the toilet. There are only a limited number of stalls, and when someone has to go, they have to go. This isn’t your home bathroom where you can scroll mindlessly through Instagram or Snapchat. Get in, and get out. Most likely, people are waiting. Cute pugs can wait.

  7. DO make sure you flush the toilet when you’re finished. Sometimes the toilets in dorms don’t all exactly flush like they’re supposed to. So please, make sure before you leave that the toilet is flushed all the way. On another note, if you’re having a particular pungent time in the bathroom, do a courtesy flush. Your neighbors will thank you.giphy-1
  8. DON’T pee in the showers. You may do it at home, and hey, it’s even a good cure for athlete’s foot. But when you’re sharing 3 showers with 20 people and the drains don’t always work, peeing in the shower is a no-no. I’ve experienced the smell myself, and it’s not pleasant. So please, keep the pee in the toilets.

  9. DO cover yourself up. Most hallways are co-ed, so please put on a towel or robe on your way to the shower or bathroom. It may be easier for you to just do the naked dash to the bathroom, but just don’t do it. Save yourself the embarrassment of the nerdy boy screaming at your bare legs and just cover up. Plus, the cold walk back to your room won’t be so cold with a towel on. giphy-1
  10. DON’T make a mess in the morning. Your 8 a.m. might be horrible and you may not be awake at 7:30 when you go to brush your teeth, but please don’t make a mess. Toothpaste all over the sinks and mirrors is not a way to make friends with your neighbors. Just be courteous, and remember, if you’re clean, your neighbors will most likely follow suit.

Follow these tips and you’re on your way to being the perfect neighbor (and not hated by everyone on your floor for being dirty).

 

An open letter to future freshmen

Dear future freshmen,

As incoming freshman, you all have these crazy expectations of Resident Assistants. I don’t know why, but each year, freshmen are terrified of RAs and come up with the wildest expectations. As an RA in an all freshman hall, I’ve had to bust these outrageous myths for the past two years. It’s completely normal to have certain expectations of the heads of your floor, but not the irrational  ones you have now. I’ve heard some weird rumors that freshmen have about RAs as they move in, but I’m here to tell you that everything you’re thinking of right now is most likely wrong. Let me break those unrealistic expectations down into realistic ones and tell you exactly what RAs expect of their residents.

“The RAs are just going to be out to get me!”

Yes, I'm sure this RA is "out to get you." We're just try to stomp the naughtiness out of you.
Yes, I’m sure this RA is “out to get you.” We’re just try to stomp the naughtiness out of you.

Okay… First off, you’re wrong. We’re not “out to get you.” We’ll never be “out to get you.” Nor do we really want to be “out to get you.” Writing you up means more paperwork for us and that’s not something we look forward to. Yes, we signed up to enforce rules and regulations, but seeking out the rule breakers isn’t our number one priority. All we want to do is keep you safe. Yes, we know you’re going to drink and try new things; it’s college. To be honest, we did the exact same things when we were freshmen. We’re not the saints you think we are, we want to live out our college experiences too.

Now, if you do drink, it’s different for a lot of RAs. A majority of them would prefer if you stay in the building. It’s a lot safer than going to the bars. Other RAs would rather you do it out of the hall so you have a better chance of not getting in trouble. I understand both sides, but I’d personally prefer if freshmen drank in their room; it’s safer, near an authority figure that can lend help when needed and you don’t need to worry about being drugged (as long as you know who is in your room and what you are drinking.) College is scary and you have to be on your guard.

So, to bust that unrealistic expectation; no, RAs are not going to be out to get you. Just don’t be stupid. We know you’re going to do things, just don’t take advantage of it. Be smart and know what you’re doing.

“My RA is going to love me so much that I’ll be able to do whatever I want!”

Yeah, a lot of people come in with that mind set. Yeah, we do have favorites. No, we won’t tell you who’s the favorite. But, do our favorites get away with a lot of things? Of course they do! They hang out with us all the time and get on our good side. We become friends and start doing more things together while getting to know each other on a personal basis. Can they do whatever they want? Haha, no. They don’t and we make sure they know they can’t, sorry.

You may be an outgoing individual, which is amazing! We love residents that step out of their comfort zone and get involved with the school and hall. But, as soon as you start acting up and doing things you really shouldn’t do in front of us, we’ll put it to an end. Sorry, that means no skateboarding in the lobby, rearranging the furniture while attempting to stack them as high as possible or swinging from the wooden pillars. That’s just annoying and we don’t want you to get hurt, because you will. So, please, don’t be that one kid. I’m begging you. You’ll immediately go from our favorite to hated.

Come to college thinking we’ll love you, because we will! Don’t come to college thinking you’ll be able to do whatever you want, because you won’t be able to. End of story.

“My RA is going to try to be like my parent; I won’t be able to do anything.”

We may be like your parents at times, but you'll learn to accept it and become a big family throughout the hall.
We may be like your parents at times, but you’ll learn to accept it and become a big family throughout the hall.

Yes, I look at all my residents as my children. I’ve gotten superlatives from them and my staff members declaring me “Most Mom-Like.” Get over it. I love my job and I love looking out for you all; all RAs do, it’s why we wanted the job in the first place. That’s the same way with your parents, like it or not.

You’ll be able to do things you want to do. We may care for you like your parents, but we’re not going to be on your butt about everything. Want to stay out until four in the morning? Go right ahead, I’m not going to stop you. Want to go drink? I don’t mind. It really doesn’t bother me. Don’t want to clean your room? Okay, I just won’t visit. The whole “parent” thing comes in when you have a problem and need help. RAs are always there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on. I know my door is always open when my residents need someone to talk to, vent to or hang out with. Most RAs are people that will get up at two in the morning to make you chicken noodle soup or hot tea with honey if you’re sick. College is tough, things happen; we know that. We were freshmen once, too, don’t forget that. That’s why we’re here for you every step of the way.

That’s what people mean when they say we’re like a parent. All we do is try to protect you and help shape your years here at college into the best years of your life. We will try to point you in the right direction, but it’s up to you to take your own path through college.

“All RAs are just going to be ‘funsuckers.’”

She was breaking the rules by screaming at the top of her lungs at 3 am on a Wednesday. That's just annoying.
She was breaking the rules by screaming at the top of her lungs at 3 am on a Wednesday. That’s just annoying.

First of all, I have no idea what you mean by “funsuckers.” I am personally a joy to be around! And to go off of that, we’re not “narks,” either. The only reason we write you up for incidences is because you broke the rules. This only happened because you didn’t know how to hide anything or were obnoxious. Don’t leave alcohol on the windowsill, don’t keep your door open while you drink, don’t walk the halls with an open container and, please, just don’t scream, “Shots” if you don’t want to be caught.

Our job is to stop rules from being broken when we see or hear them happen. Our job is to step in when there’s an issue and someone needs help. Nothing else. Honestly, we don’t like dumping out all your alcohol and ruining your night. We know how much alcohol costs, we know you want to party with your friends. We know. This isn’t fun for you, just like it’s not fun for us. I hate writing people up. It takes away the fun from the night and gives me more work. Some advice: just be quiet and smart. Keep things hidden and you’ll be fine.

“RAs are the ones that will help me get through college.”

After meeting in the beginning of the year, this RA made the biggest impact on his resident. They are now best friends.
After meeting in the beginning of the year, this RA made the biggest impact on his resident. They are now best friends.

Yes. We’re your friend, parent, protector and advice giver. We want what’s best for you and help you make your mark here in college. As an RA, my goal is to make an impact for each and every student so that they can have the best freshman year at Ohio University. It’s important to me to direct them in the right path and stay by their side every step of the way. Even when you’re no longer my resident, you’ll always be able to come to me for anything you could ever need. You’re more than a resident; you’re family, my Bobcat Family.

Well, I hope that helped. Resident Assistants aren’t bad people. We have a bad rap and it frightens you. Don’t be scared when you move to college, we’re here for you when no one else is. Try not to bring in those unrealistic expectations, think realistic. We’re people, students and college kids. We know and understand. Trust me.

Sincerely,

A second year RA