Hostel life, admittedly, is far different from living with your family at your own house. You are uprooted from your comfort zone, and you may find yourself in a strange place, surrounded by strange people and stranger habits. Some individuals make the best out of their circumstances, even thrive on them, and grow to love their hostel immensely. But unfortunately, things may not work as wonderfully for others. This is especially true if you are staying in a hostel for the very first time, and if your hostel is too far away from home to return in the whiff of a breath.
Checklist for an amazing Hostel Life
Here are 10 points to keep in mind in order to make the best out of your hostel days:
1. Create an impression and maintain it
And here you might find that honesty is the best policy. Be honest about your feelings and about what you like and do not like to do. Try not to pretend to be someone else in order to “fit in.” Because, chances are, you might not be able to keep up the charade for long.
2. Take care of yourself
Whether it is exercising or the food that you take, choose what is good for you and keep yourself physically fit. Because the truth is, if you fall sick in your hostel, you will not have your parents nearby to nurse you back to health immediately. Read how to take care of yourself like a pro.
3. Be wary of peer pressure
In a hostel, you often find what you look for, and these can be positive or negative. Some people can exert pressure on you in ways so subtle, that you will not even find yourself changing until it is too late to go back. They can get you to do things that you might regret later. So keep your head clear, trust your guts and give such people the slip.
4. Find your “tribe”
This goes without saying. Creating a support group for yourself is one of the most important things to do in a hostel. Talk to people and identify those who are similarly oriented as you. At least one wingman to back you up and share the hostel experience with you will make your days that much more enjoyable.
5. Respect others’ space
Treat them like how you wish to be treated. Also, you need to adopt a broader mindset because the people around you may not be from a similar background and might not be used to your ways. A little understanding and consideration can go a long way in building good relationships because, as James Stuart Mill said, your freedom to swing your fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.
6. Pursue your passions
Often, students have a tendency to become complacent and comfortable in their positions and lose track of their purposes and aspirations. This will be a huge train-wreck down the lane, and therefore stay mindful of your interests and aspirations.
7. Create boundaries for yourself
I do not mean limiting yourself in terms of ambitions or goals. In fact, set bars on how far you will deviate from your goals and ambition. In other words, make plain how much is too much. This will reduce negative peer pressure tremendously.
8. Save money
instead of just splurging it all away. In all fairness, the temptations would be great, whether you are going shopping with your new buddies or craving your comfort food in the middle of the night. With no elders to breathe down your neck, it is possible to be a little carried away sometimes. But try to rein in any nonessential indulgence: Being a hosteller means being more independent, and being more independent means learning to make smarter, measured decisions. Also, unforeseen expenses may spring up any time and it is always better to have a few extra bucks in hand.
9. Ignore bullies and bulldozers
You would have to grow a thicker skin because bullies are everywhere. And with your parents and friends not around, you might find it harder to deal with them. By bulldozers I mean people who shoot you down in order to exhibit a sense of self-importance. These are exactly the kind of people you want to avoid, not just in a hostel, but throughout your life.
10. Personalize your space
This might seem very simple compared to some other points discussed here. But it can have a great effect on you psychologically by radiating a sense of belonging and warmth. So gather some pictures and photos and get creative!
In spite of some obvious shortcomings, a hostel is a great place to find like-minded people and build friendships for a lifetime. It is a place teeming with opportunities to prove and improve yourself. Remember that it is normal to feel overwhelmed now and then, everybody does. But always revitalize yourself and keep yourself motivated. Above all, stay positive and learn from your surroundings, because some things might just blow your mind!
So girdle up and prepare to have the best days of your life!