Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why live on campus?

I often get asked why should I live on campus?  Well I think there are many reasons...

First of, extensive studies on living on campus indicate that students who live on campus have a higher rate of finishing college and graduating over students who live off campus. Data also suggests that students who live in the residence halls are more involved with extracurricular activities and therefore get more out or going to college.  They experience a higher rate of personal growth, are more connected to the college they are attending and seem to have a higher rate of quality interpersonal relationships (friends) than those that live off campus. Interaction with faculty is also higher for those that live on campus. (The Resident Assistant by Gregory Blimling 2003)

While the data speaks for itself in general, why live on campus in my own words:

1. Convenience: never have to find parking compared to commuter students. 

2. Never cook again. Living on campus, you get a meal plan and you will never have to cook for yourself.  Having a meal plan allows you more time to spend on your academics.  

3. Never worry about your roommate not having the money to pay the rent.

4. Save Money: Your utilities, cable and Internet are almost always included.

5. Easier to get involved in campus life and make a difference.

6. Support: the housing staff is there to help you succeed in college. The staff is trained to help you adjust to college life!

7. Fun: living on campus is a blast. You will know when all the events are happening and you will make friends that much easier!

Sure, the residence halls have rules that all must follow. Alcohol is banned on many campus and this is dictated by the state law at some institutions. Housing policies like visiting hours and quiet hours are there for the benefit of the entire residential community. Just because you like to be loud all the time doesn’t mean your neighbor likes it.

Living on campus is just easier. Students can and should focus on education and not living circumstances. Colleges should provide a clean, safe and educational environment that is geared towards your success as a student.

Hope to see you on campus.

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