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 Girl Gets Raped At School Then Gets Suspended

Boys are always going to be boys, right?
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How many cases have there been about young girls get raped? As of late rape is becoming a huge topic that some are still afraid to talk about. I am here to share a story of a ninth grader who is, of course, getting the blame rather than the boys that did the crime.

A female student who goes to Miami Carol Senior High School has brought claims to people about three boys who had raped her. Where did it happen? It happened in the bathroom at the school, yep you read that correctly. These students had taken advantage of another during the time they should be learning.

The fourteen-year-old who I'm going to refer to as Sarah claims she was sexually assaulted by three boys and gets suspended from the aftermath.

"He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he kind of just pulled me into the restroom," Sarah tells. She went to a teacher had told her about the incident that occurred. Eventually, the school suspended the boys but did not expel them.

I get that Sarah may be horrified or even scared to go to go due to what happened. Why does she need to be suspended? What did she do in the situation that she should get a strike for it? Maybe it's for Sarah's safety, maybe they are treating her unfairly.

Moving on, the first boy she says forced her to have anal sex while the others forced her to perform oral on them. However, the girl supposedly told the Mother that she didn't scream or run away leaving that as consensual.

Sigh, why does it always come down to that? If a girl or woman doesn't strike back it is considered consensual. I've read that in other cases before and I just don't understand how that can validate any situation. I'm sorry I didn't have enough time to fight back when I was being held down or forced.

As if this story could get any worse it did and fast. Two of the boys' families stepped forward and told the investigator something that no one wants to hear. One of the boys has gonorrhea and the other is HIV positive.

This girl is only fourteen years old and is going to have life ripped away. They had given Sarah medication just in case and she won't know if she is positive until a year later. Why? What did he do to deserve that?

The same with the boy though, it is a shame that he is HIV positive but why would you want to infect someone else? Why would you want to let someone else suffer from the same disease?

The school had released a statement which said “School district administrators in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police are thoroughly investigating this case thoroughly, and it continues to be an active investigation. Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”

Sarah is getting therapy and is staying away from the school which I said I would completely understand. Her Mother is stating that the district is being difficult with allowing her to transfer someplace else.

Rape isn't going to go away even if we want it to. People are still going to do the same thing no matter how hard we fight. It becoming the same fight over and over and there isn't much we can do.

I just hope that this won't be so popular in the news. With each and every story that comes up reads the same thing. Female gets raped by a male and they usual result in the winning of the man.

At some point we need to figure out a way to calm this but unfortnauly for us we can't make it stop.

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Full of Emotions: A poem

Not positive emotions, but they needed written
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This is a poem that has been stewing in the back of my head for the past week, things that I've felt like I needed to voice and should've spoken up about ages ago.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it.


I can't bring myself to love you.

I can't stand you

I almost hate you

and yet,

because of who you are,

I know it shouldn't be like this.


Does it make me a bad person

if I wish for your existence to end?

Does it make me evil

to wish no good to come to you?

If this is a sin,

I think it probably is,

I am not ready to repent for it yet.


All these feelings

I used to have for you

have been numbed

by the anesthesia of time.

Every time the anesthesia wears off

I learn a new thing to like

and almost just as quickly

another thing to hate.

You hurt me and you hurt

people I love

with equal abandon

and I can't forgive that.


Maybe it makes me a bad person

maybe I'm justified

in my feelings of dislike

and even if I am

I don't care.

My emotions have been

stunted for so long

because of you.


Being away from you,

I'm allowed to lower my defenses

and actually let my emotions grow

and attach myself to others.


Being away from you,

I realized how strange your love is,

how different your views are

and I've seen how far apart

you and I are now.

And I'm okay with it.

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