I came to UCSB thinking that I’d be attending school with some of the finest students out there. These are the kids that got their acts together and made it into a competitive research university. These are the kids that WANT to move on to bigger and better things.

Then I moved into my triple. That’s not the bad part. The bad part is the bathroom.

Apparently, being a student who is responsible and willing to work and dedicate yourself means nothing when it comes to keeping a bathroom clean. It gets tiring really quickly when you have to constantly wipe a urine-soaked seat clean because somebody else didn’t want to wipe their own drippings. It’s even worse when you’re really, REALLY in a rush and you have to waste precious time wiping a seat.

That’s not the end of it. Earlier this year, my roommates and I found that somebody managed to get their solid waste on the floor. That’s right. And last week, before we left for Thanksgiving, there was even somebody’s crap all over a shower. A freaking shower. And more crap had mud-slid onto the floor again. And I know that as the student(s) responsible read this, they’re probably laughing their asses off and are going to score some props or kudos for “being down” from their friends. I’d be willing to forgive a very rare and unusual circumstance that a genuine emergency would cause somebody to somehow not make it to a stall, but to the people who just won’t flush a toilet or who like to hit anything BUT the bowl, I just have a simple request: Grow up.

We’re beyond being “big kids” now; that was in high school. We’re adults now. It doesn’t make a difference if somebody is going to party on Del Playa Drive, stay at home having some drinks, take a lady out for dinner or head straight to her room (or the lounge). No matter what kind of person you are, the LEAST any responsible person can do is keep a bathroom clean, especially since a bathroom is where somebody is quite vulnerable. Your pants are down, people might hear strange noises you’re making and you don’t exactly want somebody seeing you squatting on a bowl.

As adults, we’ve proved a lot. We can rally to save cut programs for our school, we can passionately protest the tuition hike, we can represent our school in a myriad of different sports and activities. We engage in thoughtful debates about every significant issue as events unfold. We demonstrate our ability to devote our time and effort into ensuring we get the most out of our education. But for some reason, it’s just a little harder to keep a restroom clean.