Tips for dorm-room despair

by Beacon Staff • October 26, 2005

Maybe it was a planned event-your roommate's boyfriend or girlfriend swings by for a weekend-or perhaps it was spontaneous and your roomie randomly appeared with a "special friend" for the night.,"It has happened to almost everyone who has ever called a dorm room home.

Maybe it was a planned event-your roommate's boyfriend or girlfriend swings by for a weekend-or perhaps it was spontaneous and your roomie randomly appeared with a "special friend" for the night. Practically every college student has experienced "Boyfriend/Girlfriend Weekend"-i.e. being "sexiled"-at least once.

And if you haven't, thank your lucky stars because it is not a fun time.

There should be some kind of compensation for losing your room for the night, especially in the dorms.

Having your own space taken away from you for a booty call that you have no part in is as rewarding as having a rhinoceros gore you in the testies.

But if you ever happen to be sexiled, here are some ways to keep occupied and pass the time while your roommate is busy getting busy.

5. Time to play catch-up

Remember the Friday night when you went out with your friends instead of working on that mid-term paper that's creeping up?

Well, being sexiled is the perfect time to go to the library and get all your work done.

Or, if you're one of those "get things done ahead of time" people, then go do some laundry.

4. Saw it on the silver screen

Go to the movies, rent a movie, make a movie. Doesn't matter which you pick, but watching a flick or two is a great way to pass the time while your roommate does the horizontal bop.

As for what to see, that's entirely up to you. Some movies out there include The Fog, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Corpse Bride.

Check The Beacon's movie reviews to find out if any are worth seeing (shameless plug, I know).

Just try to stay away from sappy romance films, such as a Leonardo DiCaprio flick or anything else that'll remind you that your room's been commandeered by love-or lust.

3. Shop 'til you drop

And drop you will once you realize you spent the rest of your surplus grant money on clothes you don't need, instead of paying off the credit card debt you racked up because the Emerson Bookstore stuck it to you with an overpriced $100 textbook you never read.

2. Renaissance Man

Since the time you'll be spending in your bedroom could become quite limited, try something new and broaden your horizons-go salsa dancing, learn to play the guitar or read a book you never normally would read.

Maybe you can even learn a new skill or two to help you make a good impression with members of the opposite sex.

1. Home Sweet Home

Here's a revolutionary idea-go home. Why not?

If you live close enough, you could go back to the old homestead, Mom or Dad could do your laundry and, most importantly, you don't have to worry about walking in on your roomie during an awkward moment.

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