by John Leung

Some people may say that I am living the dream of an 18-year-old. I presently live in 45 Willcocks, New College’s newest residence building. Meanwhile my family is on the other side of the country. Living by myself in residence with my family so far away has been amazing! Despite all the great fun of living in residence, there are also cons to moving away and living in dorm…

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45 Willcocks at New College

To start off, the best part of living in residence is the freedom. No one is around to nag me to do my homework or clean my room. Whenever I go out, I don’t need to tell anyone and I can come home or wake up as late as I want. It’s great to have everything at your fingertips, such as the library, the Athletic Centre, classes etc. The food here at New College is awesome too, I get to eat my meals whenever I want. My favourite part has to be my privacy, as I no longer have to share a room with my older sibling and no-one is going to barge in on me. One of the hardest parts of living in dorm has to be sharing a bathroom with all my floor mates. Whenever I enter the bathroom, I have to be cautious in case someone leaves an unpleasant surprise in the toilets, sinks or showers. Sharing the kitchen with my floor mates is also difficult for the same reasons, although the surprises are not as bad. I also encounter some individual conflicts, like finding motivation to do laundry, buying healthy food, and cleaning my room. As a typical hard-working university student, I usually have better things to do than those chores.

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Living with all your friends in dorm is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a lot of fun to chill in someone’s room till late at night and you can hang out basically whenever you want! Plus, you most likely will encounter some hysterical stories when living in dorm. The downside is the productivity. When you need to be productive, your friends can be distracting when you’re trying to get something done. Among my friends, I am that “distraction in learning.”

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The common room/kitchen is another great place to hang out, even though you can never be sure what you mind find…

Although being so far away from home has been loads of fun because it allows me to have more freedom, the hardest part of this “dream” has to be being so far away from my home. When I settled into residence, it was extremely difficult to adjust to the new lifestyle: in particular, knowing no one in this very big city made it twice as frightening. I definitely miss a lot of people back in B.C and I always think about them. I’ve had so many meltdowns since I settled here, because this new life is very different from my Vancouver life. But I am still trying to adapt to my new surroundings. It is important to remember that “everything happens for reasons” and although change (especially for me) can be undesirable and scary, my special friend assured me “this is the kind of change that helps people figure out who they are”. I hate to end this post on a less than optimistic note, but let me know your thoughts on my “dream” at the moment. And to future college students reading this: how does dorm life sound to you?

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