5 Things Students Living in Dorms Can Relate To
Schools, more specifically universities, sometimes have different campuses that offer different courses. They may offer selected courses in the entire system but other courses are only offered in specific campuses. Because of this, some students are forced to study away from home just to pursue their dream course. Here are five things students who live in a dorm just to follow their dreams can relate to.
- You get homesick when you're alone in your dorm.
Homesickness is a common occurrence for students studying far from home. This usually happens to students in their first year of classes in a new school (away from family). More often than not, you feel more homesick when you're alone in your dorm or apartment because you've got no one to talk to, especially at night.
- Your routine is mainly dorm-class-dorm.
During the first year in a new place, you tend to be a homebody because you don't know anyone yet. You still don't have anyone to talk to or eat lunch with, so you just go about with your classes and return to your dorm after it's done. This usually stops when you're in your second year when you already have friends to hang out with.
- You're always on "naglalayas" mode before and after every school year.
Living away from home means bringing half of your closet, an electric fan, bed sheets, shoes, and other necessities to your dorm for the next four or five years. You look like you're about to move out from your family home because of the amount of stuff you're packing and vice versa. It's also a task because you'd have to do it every start and end of the year because dorms usually require you to bring your stuff home for security purposes.
- You always have to budget your money for meals, requirements, and groceries.
Parents usually give you a fixed amount at the start of the week when you're studying far from home. With the allowance they give you, you have to divide it between your meals, readings, projects, and snacks. It can become a difficult task especially during hell week because this is usually the time when readings are being given out or projects are being done. There's a huge chance that the allowance your parents give you isn't enough and you'd have to ask them to deposit a small amount to your ATM.
- Your parents constantly ask you if you're already in your dorm.
"Dorm ka na?" is usually the text you'll receive from your parents when they see it's already 7pm and if you don't reply ASAP, Mom or Dad will surely call you to ask for your whereabouts. And if you tell them you're still at a group meeting or film showing, they'd be texting you continuously until your meeting is finished and you're safely home. It may seem as an overprotective habit but your parents just want you safe always.
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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.