Let’s admit it – we love living in Santa Barbara with its near-perfect weather, vibrant and upbeat atmosphere, and some of our best friends. It’s almost like being on summer vacation year-round, except we have to go to class (ugh) and study for those midterms that seem to pop out of nowhere. But for the most part, Isla Vista is just too good to be true, and we are constantly reminded of this when sharing a box of Freebirds nachos with good company or watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. These are times when we just never want to leave!
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCSB chapter.
However, upon visiting home during breaks and occasional weekends, I noticed that there have been several things we took for granted living at home before moving into the dorms. Here are the things I miss most:
#1. Not Having to Wear Shower Shoes.
Shared showers can get gross pretty fast. To avoid the risk of getting a serious case of Athlete’s Foot, investing in shower shoes is the way to go for many. However, this makes it fairly difficult to lather up your feet. Plus, the walk from the shower back to your dorm room is always a squeaky one. When bathrooms aren’t as private as you’re used to at home, the effort of cleanliness just turns into one huge hassle.
#2. Replenishing Fridge.
Living with your family (especially if you have ravenous younger siblings) means a stocked fridge, aka a never-ending supply of food. In the dorms, the only refrigerators we can use are a quarter of the size of the ones at home (or even less). Not only that, we need to actually go out and buy the food that we want to put in it – we can’t mooch off the ice cream that mom bought for the whole family to share anymore.
#3. Having Only One Alarm to Wake Up To.
Whether you love having roommates or hate it, the worst thing about having to share a room with people who have completely different schedules from you is waking up to the sound of your roommates’ alarms…for their 8 ams…when you don’t have class until 2 pm.
#4. Not Getting Sick Every Other Weekend.
Living in such close proximity to so many other people, using communal restrooms, sharing more things than you are used to – I don’t know exactly what it is, but if it’s not one group of my hall mates, another group has come down with the sore throat, coughing, and sniffles. And if you think you’ve just finished recovering from that terrible cold you had last week, don’t be surprised if the wave of cold and cough comes and hits you again for round 2. I swear I haven’t been sick for more than twice a year at home, whereas dorm life has so far had me constantly combating cold after cold.
No, really. The dorms are filled with all kinds of strange odors, whether it be the smell of microwaveable popcorn, body odor, the infamous smell of the lagoon, or something completely unidentifiable. Regardless, the stuffiness of the res halls and whatever else gets mixed into the air makes it hard to breathe freely…and comfortably.