Letters from the dorm: The shower challenge

Letters from the dorm: The shower challenge


Eugene Ho explains the problem of taking a shower in a dorm in this YouTube video.
Eugene Ho explains the problem of taking a shower in a dorm in this YouTube video.
Hmmm, it's a little quieter in the dorms than usual. It's a long weekend, thanks to a public holiday, and students from Washington, who live close enough to go home, are probably sleeping in their own beds, taking showers barefoot and having home-cooked meals.

My dorm, McMahon Hall, is pretty good. Still, I wish I lived in an apartment on campus: a kitchen would be great. But I don't think I have the right to complain about my dorm since I had picked it pretty much at random. I could have done my research a whole lot better.

Living in a cluster is all right - eight girls, four rooms, a lounge and a bathroom. The only problem is that the North Tower of McMahon Hall is a former male dorm. We only have a shower, two sinks, a toilet ... and a urinal.

Co-ed dorms are "cool", but the excitement is over as soon as you realise you'll probably have to wait - and quite a long time - even just to use the sink in the morning.

At least, the bathroom is semi-private, so it could be a whole lot worse. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I shudder at the thought of sharing a restroom with a whole floor, but it can be inconvenient. You have to take a lot of stuff to the restroom just to shower. Just think: a basket of toiletries, a bag for dirty clothes, your clean clothes and a towel.

If you haven't had a similar experience with summer camp, check out the video my friend Eugene Ho made. He did it as a project for industrial design. It shows you the "shower problem" like no other.

And don't even get me started on laundry. Getting it done is no problem, but each load (including use of the dryer) costs US$2.40, which is a little less than HK$20. Doing laundry two or three times a month is a small fortune, argh.

So choose your dorm carefully. Take my word: learn from my "mistake" and do your research. And do not have high expectations. That way, you'll never be disappointed, only pleasantly surprised.


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