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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

Living Away from Home

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting the blog. For today's post, I'm going to share with you guys some of the lessons I've learned from living in a dormitory complex.

Pakikisama. Getting along well with people and your roommates

When you stay in a dorm complex, you get to interact with a diverse set of people. That means dealing with culturally-different individuals, under the same roof, on a daily basis. Living with others teaches you the significance of group communication and cooperation. It helps you understand your different belief systems and manage your individual differences. You learn to respect others as they are.

Time management

When you have a lot going on in your life (major subjects, TV production deadlines, individual papers, gigs, grocery shopping, club meetings, laundry, dorm chores, etc.), time management skills are definitely a must. No one will tell you when to do things, so you'll learn to value time. You might even start sticking with a planner or a watch once you truly realize how important it is.

Proper budgeting and saving/ Money smarts

Managing your finances isn’t the easiest thing to do when you have a lot of expenses to juggle, but dorm life will teach you how to make the most out of your allowance and find other ways to earn extra cash. Sure, you can just ask money from your parents if you want to buy something, but wouldn't it be better if you used your own money to get that bag you've always wanted? or if you used your sideline earnings to purchase that new book from your fave author? ☺

The importance of being clean and organized

Having lived in a dormitory and apartment complex for five years, I can definitely say that the quickest way to turn your roommate off is by being burara. The occasional clutter is acceptable, but the daily mess on your bed and study space? Totally not permissible. No need to explain this further, no one likes a messy roommate.

Being a lazy person won’t get you anywhere

If you’re really rich (and I mean REALLY rich), I guess there won’t be much problems for you in the future. But if you’re just rich in the sense that you live a comfortable life, then you have to start getting your act together now. Even privileged kids know how to use limited resources and work their way on the streets. Dorm life will make you realize that there's not much room for laziness if you want to pass your subjects or achieve your goals in life. If you always come up with excuses as to why you can't do things or why you don't wanna do them, it will be hard for you to keep up with the real world after graduation. Remember, reality bites. #realtalk

Independence and responsibility

Living away from home teaches you how to figure things out on your own. It makes you realize that at the end of the day, no matter how many friends you have, there will be times when you can only rely on yourself, so you better have a good sense of responsibility. Life’s totally different when you’re in a place far from home and don’t have your family members around. No one will cook you breakfast, no one will prepare your lunch, and no one will wash the dishes or clean the room for you. You just do it all. Dorm/apartment life teaches you life hacks that are purely based on experience and not on some article you just saw online. Experience, still, is the best teacher.

Better life strategies

The great thing being outside your comfort zone is that it enables you to tap into your hidden life skills. It makes you use your head. It compels you to familiarize yourself with the different ways of the world, good or bad. It also teaches you a lot of things about yourself- through the relationships you build with the people you meet, and the different social groups you move around in. Living away from home makes you even more madiskarte…if you’re already madiskarte. If not, it’ll teach you how to be one. Dorm/apartment life prepares you for the real world out there, really. Just allow yourself to learn, learn, and learn :) Watch: TIPS FOR INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMEN


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