Freshmen year is full of adjustments. New roommates present a great challenge, and when it comes to the bathroom’s here in the freshmen high-rises, some people are lacking a degree of etiquette.
Each hall has two stalls and two showers. Let’s not pretend that these accommodations are at any luxurious level, but we can agree that there is a way to maintain a suitable living environment.
There are clearly more people than there are bathrooms, so it is up to us to respect one another and share the best we can. We have a wide spectrum of individuals living under one roof now and it becomes clear in many of their habits.
As an example, I have encountered some individuals that I would consider “Divas.”
They don’t respect boundaries and when it comes to the bathrooms, they act as if they own the place. I have woken up on a given morning to the hall bathroom door closed entirely. All I wanted was to brush my teeth and what do I find?
A girl blasting music and claiming the entire bathroom to herself. There was steam everywhere and I found myself having to knock on my own public bathroom.
Can I also mention that it shocks me how messy some people can be? Picture this: Fresh out of your bed you wander to the bathroom, enter one of the stalls to find toilet paper everywhere.
Not only that, but when you wash your hands the soap is out and the spit from someone who brushed their teeth before you still remains in the sink. When you look up at your reflection in the mirror there are little bits of toothpaste obstructing your view. How hard is it to brush your teeth, honestly?
When it comes to showering, wrapped up in your towel you enter the stall and close the curtain. I pray that you make the right decision and wear some type of shower shoe. Watch out when it comes to how hot the water can get, and the pressure changes with the flush of a toilet.
I hope that you were not one of the students who got locked out of their room after having showered. How unfortunate that would be.
As far as etiquette goes, be mindful of those who live on your hall. Don’t be rude and rush people, because we are all trying to accomplish the same things.
If you have to wait for a shower, be patient. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to be friendly every now and then.
If someone says “Good morning” or asks how you are doing, don’t stare them down. Just provide a nice simple response.