Although my college days are several years behind me now, I spent a good deal of time roaming the halls and campuses of my schools (both domestic & international, what what) and several schools I did not attend (and will probably never be asked back to). It seems only appropriate that, now that I’ve had time to look back and reflect on my decisions and the decisions of my peers, I address the biggest and probably most important life lesson you learn while spending those formative college years pretending to study: hooking up.
I’m not really sure why anyone in college thinks it’s a good idea to hook up with someone in their dorm (especially if that person lives on their floor or, better yet, across the hall). I understand the lazy college student mentality of it; why trek across campus to get some action when you can just travel a flight or two in your own dorm-sweet-dorm to score? But in general, it’s not a very smart idea (and here I thought you had to be smart to go to college…).
For starters, the chances of you running into that one-night stand again (or two-night, or three-night stand…) are very high. In fact, I would be extremely shocked if you DIDN’T run in to them again while residing in the same building. Unless you ended on perfect terms (which, if it was a random hookup, is highly unlikely) or are one of those rare people who don’t feel awkward in any situation, it will probably be very uncomfortable for you to have to encounter them again, even if it is only a few seconds when passing in the halls (or worse, getting stuck in an elevator together).
Even if you are able to dodge them at every cost, there will still be other people you will run in to that will know what you’ve done and who you’ve done it with. This includes roommates, dorm room neighbors, friends, RAs, janitors, etc. So even though you may never see THEM again, people will talk and random strangers you’ve never even seen or heard of before will snicker at you when you walk by. Not to mention the fact that you’re more than likely hooking up with someone who has or is going to hook up with other people in your building. Because it’s accessible and they’re easy. I mean, it’s easy. The hooking up part. Errrr.
So unless you’re dying to have something in common with your new dormmates, it’s probably best to broaden your horizons. I’m not saying you have to take a bus and two trains to keep your hookup private, but at least consider widening your scope to the next dorm building over.
If you don’t, you could be kicking yourself later. I’m sure at least some of you know what I mean.