This life is definitely not sweet
Every time I tell someone that I live in a single as a freshman, everyone replies “Oh my God, you’re so lucky” Um..hold on a sec- it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
While I did request for this arrangement, it does not mean that living in a single does not come with their own struggles. For one, I live on my own…like actually. Just this week, I forgot my keys in my room. There’s no roommate to just let me back in- I was just locked out and forced to pay a fee for a key (as this has happened before, I’m forgetful okay!)
Something also to consider when having a single- loneliness. It is known that making friends when living in a single dorm can be harder, especially for introverts like myself. While I live on a friendly floor, I can still feel isolated. I don’t have any funny roommate stories or have someone to consistently talk and laugh with until the wee hours of the morning.
Let me just say one thing- 8 ams are really hard. And you know what’s even harder? Not having someone to wake you up for them. It is a constant STRUGGLE for me to get out of bed in the morning and sometimes I wish I had that extra someone to motivate me. Even without the literal bane of my existence (8 ams should seriously be illegal), motivation is a key to surviving college. Having a friend who can help you out in difficult times, like exams or anxious interactions on campus, and for a lot of people find that friend in their roommate- which I don’t have the luxury of.
I have spent this entire article complaining about being in a single, I LOVE living in a single! I get to have my own space and privacy. I can walk around as naked I want to. No awkward or crazy roommate stories over here, but that works for me and not everyone. It’s just a personal preference so hopefully, this can help you weigh the pros and cons for your freshman year living.