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A year ago, I wrote about some things you might need when transitioning from a dorm room to an apartment. But, that was before I actually moved in to my apartment, so that list was mainly based on things I was planning on getting for myself. While that list was pretty much spot-on regarding things you might not have in your dorm room already, there were a lot of things I didn’t know back then. So, here are a couple of things I learned after living in my apartment for a year.

I live in an on-campus apartment, so it hasn’t been this huge transition, being that I don’t have to deal with landlords or anything like that, but it definitely has been beneficial and I love it so much more than living in a dorm. There’s so much more freedom that comes with it (I swear my dorm room made me feel claustrophobic at times), but it comes with its downsides as well.

1. You won’t (necessarily) end up hating your roommate.

I moved in with one of my best friends and honestly, I was terrified at first because I didn’t want to “ruin” the friendship, but, in reality, we are now closer than ever. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that our habits, especially concerning cleanliness, bedtimes, and other important things are really similar. Both of us are a little messy, none of us are huge party animals, and all of our friends are mutual friends so it’s not like we ever had strange people over. But, let’s face it. If you are a neat freak, and you want to move in with your friend who’s a little bit messier than most, it might not work out.

2. Cooking is hard… and boring.

I was super excited that I wouldn’t have to depend on cafeteria food anymore, but the cooking process is a lot more involved than I imagined. I didn’t know how to prepare anything when I first moved in, so if that’s you, don’t worry. Learning the basics is not hard, especially if you have a roommate that loves cooking like I did. But, if you come home at night super tired and you still have two more tests to study for, honestly the last thing you want to do is spend a long time in the kitchen. So, I ended up cooking a lot more pasta and ordering a lot more Chinese food than I ever thought possible.

3. Getting anything fixed is a lot more complicated.

When I lived in the dorms, and we had to call in a maintenance request, anything we needed would be fixed within 48 hours (at most!). I honestly don’t understand why because we still technically live on campus, but now it’s a bit more complicated. When we first moved in, we spent at least two weeks without hot water, and when it started getting cold, the heater was broken so we had to sleep under five blankets for another week. It gets a bit more complicated if you have to do this through a landlord, or if you have to bring an outside person in.

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Clarissa Gallardo is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Originally from Panama City, Panama (only place in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific and set on the Atlantic!), she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Ballet. A member of the Honors Program and dancer at heart, you can find her studying at the library, scrolling through her Tumblr feed , dancing, or reading. Clarissa has a really bad case of wanderlust and is obsessed with white chocolate mochas, The Big Bang Theory, and Doctor Reid from Criminal Minds. You can follow her on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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