Macalester students are bound to dorm life for their first two years at the College. Students often talk about ways of getting out of this stipulation, and rumor has it that the best way to leave the dorms behind as a freshman or sophomore is to get married. Most people find this measure a little too drastic for obvious reasons, because—rest assure—dorm life isn’t that bad. Students get entered into a drawing before their freshman year, and they are placed in dorms based on roommate-placement questionnaires they fill out before getting to campus. It’s a game of luck regarding which freshman dorm students will end up in, but each one has its certain charms. All of the dorms are in the same proximity to the rest of campus, so there’s no real fight for who has the best real estate. What really matters is who’s sharing that stereotypical cinder-block room with you.
For freshmen, there are two options: students either get placed with others in their "First-Year Course," or they live with a random assortment of other like-minded students. Both ways often lead to friendships that span throughout students’ college careers and onward. Though these friendships seem cemented in place at first, students find that it’s easy to navigate the halls of each dorm and scope out rooms and parties that are more than willing to invite a fresh face to chill. For everyone else, the quality of dorm life depends on two things: age and luck. Older students get priority in the room-draw lottery, but it is what it is—a lottery. Though students might not always get their first choice, what really makes a dorm room "home, sweet home" is the TLC put into it.