A QUINTESSENTIAL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
Living in the dorms, often seen as
the quintessential college experience, was
right up there with cramming
for mid-terms and frat parties.
"It's an experience everybody
should go through," says freshman Annette Sanez, who lived
in the South Tower, "It's real
different from being at home,"
she explained further. "They
[commuters] don't get a feel
for what it's like to be in college," said Sarah Ballard, a
freshman resident of the North
"You're a lot more on your own,"
explains Sanez. Living in the dorms forced
students into an independence they didn't
have at home with Mom and Dad. You had
to get yourself to class, remember to write
your Psych paper on your own, and wash
your own clothes. "You're by yourself -
nobody else is going to do it," summarizes
Sanez. Plus, when your neighbor fell in love
with a new CD and played it loud enough to
be heard by the man on the moon, there
was not much you could do but grit your
teeth and pray your other neighbor did not
buy a new CD as well. But there were perks
to being in a dorm. You could interact with
people from your classes and on campus.
"You make a lot of friends," said Sanez.
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to check out
campus ID cards
were needed by
access to the
and even purchasing food.
"Living on campus, everything is accessible.
You don't have to deal with parking and
commuting and traffic," says
g Ballard. Living on campus did
J make it easier to get to an
8:30am class on time.
Nicole Denton, a sophomore finance major who had
lived in both the Quads and the
Towers, believed each residence
hall had a personality of its own.
In the Towers there are "more
people to hang around," she
explains, "they were much more
social than the Quads."
"You have your own bathroom,
gigantic closets, and lots of space in the
Quads. The rooms are twice as big as the
rooms in the Towers, and it's coed." But she
found disadvantages to living in the Quads.
"They were more expensive, off to themselves and not a lot of fun walking back to
in the middle of the night. There's no privacy, the walls are really, really thin," explains
Overall, living in the dorms was
recommended by many. Whether it was the
social factor, the convenience, or the independence, there was something about living
in the dorms that appealed to many,
by Elizabeth Combs
Not looking back, Joshua Silberman (left),
sophomore creative writing major, makes his
final trip to with his last load of stuff. Students
could be seen leaving at all times during the
week of finals, although they were given until
the Saturday after.
Carefully placing each of her belongings in her
trunk, Sherry Ellison, senior M/S major, prepares for her scheduled move out. Finding the
time between finals and enough space to pack
was a popular problem among members of each
Checklists In hand, students wait for their turn
to be officially checked out of their room. Each
person was given a damage form to fill out and
have approved by a residence hall staff member
before leaving the dorms.
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