My first week of college, I walked in on my new next-door neighbor in the shower. In my defense, the door wasn’t locked, there wasn’t a towel hanging over it, and somebody was in the other shower in our communal bathroom, so there was no way I could’ve known. But that doesn’t make it less awkward.
Since then, the dorm showers have been nothing if not an adventure.
Last year, a handful of girls from my floor would shriek–not even talk loudly, I mean literal screams for absolutely no reason–during their showers. And their preferred shower time was midnight, so it wasn’t amusing.
The amount of hair in the shower drain was appalling. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid shedding while shampooing, but especially after I cut ten inches off my own hair, it’s really unappealing to see and dodge on the tile floor.
This year, the hair issue hasn’t been that bad, but all sorts of other items appear in the three stalls–my roommate once found a lighter in hers. Like, c’mon, fellow floormates, this is ridiculous.
Even more ridiculous? The fact that on three separate occasions someone has turned off the bathroom light while I’m showering, plunging me into darkness. Like, hello?? You can hear the water running!
My current next-door neighbor turns on a shower and leaves for ten minutes while it warms up. That’d be fine, except the water actually heats up relatively fast once it’s on. I’m talking 45 seconds, maybe a minute if nobody’s showered in a while.
Besides how obviously wasteful that habit is, leaving the water on full, boiling heat also steams up the ENTIRE bathroom, meaning every surface is unpleasantly damp from condensation.
Hiding in the corner of the shower while it warms up isn’t fun, I understand that, but if you’re using a communal dorm shower, don’t be that girl.
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