Some college dorms have adjustable thermostats while others do not

College was a whirlwind experience—between the long hours spent studying and the seemingly never ending partying.

It’s no wonder why I experienced sleep deprivation as severely as I did.

But when you’re 19 and full of energy, it’s easier to subsist on four or five hours of sleep every night. I had an irregular eating schedule, and when I did get food, it involved subsisting on the greasy and fatty food being served by the campus cafeteria. I was lucky that I was placed with a roommate that had many of the same music and film interests as I did. We bonded over blasting music over my stereo, or by playing Halo or GTA on his gaming console. The two of us got extremely lucky as we were placed in the new housing, opposed to other students who had to live in 40-year-old dorms. Our dorm had just been built, still smelled like paint, and featured something that was not found in any other dorms on our campus. What we had was a working thermostat that we had full control over. There were limits to how cold or hot we could make the room, but we often had it set to 70 degrees even with the hottest outdoor temperatures imaginable. I loved having control over our indoor environment, especially since the dorms we would move into the following year had thermostats that were locked and kept at 76 degrees regardless of the weather. It’s easy to take small things like controllable HVAC thermostats for granted. It’s crazy to think that they were giving free reign to a bunch of college freshmen when it came to running these brand new air conditioning systems.