On September 2009 I was officially in college as I moved in my dorm finally away from home. It wasn't really a hard thing for me to adjust to the new lifestyle because mostly my parents were working so it was just usually me and my siblings at home.
As I finished moving I got to know the people in my floor and got familiar with the campus. I had a sister graduate from SUNY Albany and currently had a brother enrolled in the school. Even with all of that I really wanted to experience the college experience so I kept the fact I had a brother in the school to myself and worked on establishing myself as my own person in this university.
I always had my brother as a roommate so having a roommate wasn't really a big issue for me but it was difficult living with family as oppose to living with a stranger.My roommate was really friendly and so were my suite mates. I had little problem with the fact that my roommate wasn't as organize and clean as me so we had disagreements with that. After while we just kept our stuff on our sides but his laundry and stuff occasionally wander over to my side and my desk.
One thing I will say is talking to them first is always better than getting mad and blowing up on them. Only do that when necessary and one thing you should be careful of is buying things together because it could lead to a disagreement who is using it more like food for example. For me we brought a flat screen tv for the common room and it lead to an argument at the end of the year of who keeps it.
Everyone has there own schedule so the time you go to bed with your roommates will differ. I had morning so I always went to bed early. Most of my suite mates had class in the afternoon so they went to bed later with wasn't problem until some nights they made noise. I just ask them to lower it down. Because I woke up early everyday they always ask me to wake them up early especially when they had a test that day. Lol. We would chill together but eventually we got our group of friends to hang out with but we we're still closed.
When we went out at night we would have fun socialize and everything. Good amount of people I met were in my classes it was a good icebreaker. One this I would say is that in college you can and will have a lot of leisure time. It's up to you how you use whether its for studying, hanging out, sleeping , working or joining clubs and groups on campus. This much I will say is get involved. I was really involved with the University. I had a hard time balancing homework and fun which affected me later so don't slack off and get all your work done first during the week. You'll learn that some classes are optional to go to I didn't go to all my classes but make friends in all classes just in case you miss class you have someone to get the notes from. It helps a lot to have reliable people.