The truth about living in the hostel isn’t always what most people think it’s going to be. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, exactly. It just means that most people find it to be very different from their expectations. And, honestly, you should be more informed on that kind of living situation before you make the decision to do it. There are some little things to know about living in a school hostel that people rarely talk about, but that are really important to keep in mind.
Deciding to live on campus during your university/polytechnic days is a big decision, and it’s not one that you want to regret halfway through the year when you’re stuck there. That’s not the experience anyone wants! So, here are a few things you absolutely have to know about living in a school hostel,
You Have To Make Friends Quickly
A lot of incoming Jambites (Fresh Students) are most worried about making (or not making) friends. You most likely WILL make friends, but your best time to do it is right away, when you first move in. Everyone is looking for a friend or a buddy, so each person is going to latch onto the first person they find who they kind of like. It gets just a little harder after people start settling into their new social circles. Of course, people switch up friends quite often in school, but your best bet is getting in early with some people.
You Can’t Be Too Agreeable
When you first start doing something as intimate as living with a stranger, your first instinct might be to act accommodating and open. It’s natural to want to come off as the ~cool and chill~ roomie who isn’t going to be a downer, so you might act like you’re cool with whatever to impress people and/or make friends. But, uh, don’t be this way. If you don’t speak up about what you want and don’t want, you’re going to end up making things harder for yourself.
School Campuses Can Be Really Dangerous
Campuses can be more dangerous than you think. At any given time there is a predator on campus whether you realise it or not and whether the school publicly addresses it or not. Treat your campus at night time as you would any dark street in the down town core.
It’s Okay To Be Selfish Sometimes
You have to learn to speak up when you live in the hostel room, or you will never survive. If a roommate knows he can walk all over you, chances are good that he’ll do just that. You need to speak up and say no sometimes, and you also need to do things that are just for you sometimes.
It’s Going To Be Loud Almost All The Time
Hostel rooms are not quiet or peaceful, even if you’re alone in your room – the rest of the building is still there. Well, depending on which school you attend, there will be people walking around the halls at night and not caring about the person sleeping in the room across from them. Hostel students are loud and uncaring mostly.
It’s Not For Everyone
Somehow, we live in a society that’s made for extroverts. Everyone acts like living in the school hostel is the most essential part of a college experience. And, yes, it is a really big experience and nothing else is like it, but that doesn’t mean you have to love it. You don’t! I know plenty of people who came home from school because they didn’t like living there.