As a college student, I know just how hard it can be to make your dorm room into a place that you and your friends actually want to be. Well, other than for nap time, of course.
Back when I was freshman, I remember that first day of orientation; meeting new people, realizing that I would have to study like crazy to make the grades I had in high school, and getting introduced to my brand new roommate. We hit it off pretty fast after realizing we had so many things in common, and by the time we unpacked our stuff we were jumping up and down, squealing like little girls, all excited for our first real night away from home and for school to start. But I also remember spending that first night awake in my bed, frowning at the white paint-peeled walls that surrounded our colorful bedspreads and just sucked the life out of the room.
It wasn’t long before my new friends and I decided that the best way to make our rooms feel nice ‘n homey would be to hide the horrible/awful/gross/disgusting paint job that covered the walls and replace it with something fun and eye-catching; didn’t really matter what it was as long as it wasn’t 99 cent white paint.
After being scolded several times by our RA for wanting and planning to repaint our room into something more lively, my roommate and I ended up hanging some things that kept us happy and didn’t make our eyes bleed.
We had colorful calendars, filled with images from waterfalls to cute little puppies, put on the back of our door for the school year. After that we had dozens of posters that we printed that consisted of our favorite artwork, the bands we listened to, motivational posters to get us through freshmen year, and photo collages of our friends and family. We even covered our mini fridge with magnets and hung Christmas lights.
Pretty soon, everyone was coming to our room to hang out, and my roommate and I felt right at home in that tiny dorm room.
So, for the upcoming college freshmen, prepare yourselves for a boring paint job and print posters of whatever makes you happy to cover your walls.