To Dorm Or Not To Dorm

To Dorm Or Not To Dorm

We Know You've Thought About It... Here's What We Think About It!
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To live on campus, or not to live on campus…? That is the question. To dorm. That is the answer. At one time or another, every college student finds themselves wondering whether they made the right decision by dorming or commuting. No matter where you go, I promise you will have an entirely different college experience if you dorm rather than commute. As a resident, I can honestly say that dorming on campus has changed me in more ways than one. College is an experience that you won’t soon forget, and many of your memories will come from those crazy college dorms. Here are a few reasons why we recommend living on campus.


1. Living on campus gives you the opportunity to meet more diverse people.

No matter how similar or different these people are, they are new to you, and that’s what matters. They will help expose you to a wider range of ideas and cultures, assist you in developing stronger interpersonal skills, and give you the opportunity to live with people of common interest, including your major. However, making new friends does more than culture you. Making new friends will broaden your horizons. Whether it be for fun Friday nights, or for professional networking, these people may be good to have around somewhere down the line. In meeting these people, you will gain better socialization skills, keep you cultured, and more importantly, become the friends that you can’t imagine your life without.

2. Students who reside on campus are more likely to achieve academic success through remaining in school at a higher rate.

They tend to graduate and enter graduate school. Studies also show that students who dorm tend to finish college in less time. Residents have proven to have higher overall grade point averages than commuters and higher academic incomes.

3. Residing on campus is the first step to gaining your independence.

College can be scary with all that responsibility, but we know you can do it! First of all, you will learn quickly that you don’t own as much clothing as you think you do. You’ve got to do your own laundry (because what you own will only last about three weeks, at most!). Second of all, you need to feed yourself. Your mom isn’t gonna be there anymore to chef it up for you. Now we know this sounds hard, but lucky for you, you can just run down to the dining hall where there will be pre-made food for you to chow down. Finally, it is your responsibility to make sure that you wake up and get to class on time. Remember- you’re paying to be here, so you better make sure you get the most out of what you’re paying for. Though these things might sound daunting, they are possible, and they are going to help mold you into the strong adult that we know you can be!

4. The residence halls really aren’t that bad.

Living on campus means that you get to drive less, and sleep more. These shorter commutes offer extra time for things like taking advantage of activities and services. All residence halls have nightly study hours, and the residential assistants organize programs that enhance and develop skills necessary for academic success. There are security guards on duty to keep residents safe throughout the night, and it’s just super convenient to have anything you might need right there on campus. And who knows, maybe you and your roomie will even become BFFs!

5. Studies show that college residents have a better overall university experience.

College is a once in a lifetime experience and you need to make the most of it. Living on campus will get you more involved with clubs and organizations, it will help you with time management (by allowing you to take naps between classes and be refreshed and ready to work!), and it will give you more school pride! Residents will soon find that living on a college campus is more than just moving out of your parents’ house. It’s about being a part of something bigger. It’s about the support. It’s a community of opportunity. It’s your home away from home.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.

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I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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