This Is Why I Never Lived on Campus and I Have No Regrets

This Is Why I Never Lived on Campus and I Have No Regrets

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During my entire four years of college, I never lived on campus. Some may say I missed out on the unique experience of living on a college campus in a dorm room with a total stranger. I say I dodged a bullet.

The truth is, I have no regrets about choosing to live off-campus for my entire college career. I still had a solid group of friends and did well in all my classes. In fact, I’d choose to do it all over again. Here are five reasons why.

Price

Not that money should be the most important driver to any decision, but it’s definitely a crucial point. Depending on where you go to school and the town’s average cost of living, you can usually live off-campus, in your own space, for less money.

With the rising cost of education came astronomically high housing and meal plan prices for most institutions. Some dorm rooms will cost a student more than $4,000 per semester — that’s almost $1,200 a month for one student, who could be splitting a similar price between three or four roommates in an off-campus apartment or house.

Freedom

Another somewhat obvious reason it’s better to live off-campus than on-campus is because you get more freedom. No longer do you have an RA a few doors down waiting to bust you for enjoying a beer after class — even if you’re 21. You have your own space with no one baby-sitting you anymore. It’s a true taste of liberty and independence.

That being said, it’s important to mention that you do still have rules to follow that are set forth by your landlord. Failure to comply with your lease could land you in big trouble, so you still have to keep yourself (generally) under control.

Roommate Control

If you’re like most of us, you probably didn’t mesh well with your random dorm roommate from freshman year. In fact, you might not have even lasted the entire year with them — not that I’m speaking from experience.

One of the best parts about my time living off-campus was the fact that I was living with my best friends. At times it felt like a movie — we got to have sleepovers every night! Being able to choose your own roommates is many students’ primary reason for moving to town.

Alone Time

On the flip side, living in an off-campus house or apartment likely means you have your own room to retreat to when you need some space, quiet or privacy. For me, being able to shut my bedroom door when I needed to study, nap or just spend some time reading was a blessing. College is a stressful time, and sometimes you just want to be alone for a few minutes.

Cooking

Since you aren’t forced to purchase a $2,000 meal plan every semester when you live off-campus, you have more than enough money to grocery shop with. You can purchase some seriously delicious ingredients, a few basic pieces of cookware and any necessary utensils and still save money compared to buying a meal plan. Plus, now that you’re equipped with a full kitchen instead of a microwave and a hot plate, you can let your true culinary skills shine.

I’m not much of a cook, but one of my roommates was, which was just as awesome. If you take the time to meal plan, grocery shop and prepare a few dishes to get you through the week, you can really be eating well for a college student.

A Taste of the Real World

Perhaps all these perks of living off campus can be summed up into one simple reason most students choose to live off-campus: It gives them a taste of the real world.

College students often feel stuck in a strange in-between phase of life. They aren’t kids anymore, but they aren’t really adults, either. Living off-campus is a way for students to take on more responsibilities and experience what life is like as a real person. Paying bills, cleaning, taking out the trash, bringing in the mail and other household maintenance activities all contribute to that.

So, that’s why I don’t regret skipping the on-campus housing phase of my college years — and neither does my bank account!

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

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12 Satisfying Feelings Everyone Loves but No One Will Admit to

Your guilty pleasure may just be everyone else's too.

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Life is full of surprises, good and bad. Each day is filled with so many simple things we don't really fully immerse ourselves in. I've been thinking about super satisfying feelings that I KNOW everyone likes, but nobody really talks about. Gross? Maybe. Personal? Sure. I'm not talking about satisfying slime and foam videos here. And if I'm totally off, then at least everyone now knows some weird shit about me.

1. Popping a pimple that's REALLY ready

Did it squirt on the mirror? That's totally cool. At least you got it out of your face.

2. Peeling off nail polish

Just get your nails done? Shellac? I'd say the best stress relief is pulling it off in one whole piece. Your brain will be incredibly satisfied.

3. Taking off jeans after wearing them ALL DAY

The only thing better than taking off jeans after living in them all day is FINALLY putting on sweatpants.

4. Letting the escalator brush hit your ankle

You know that brush running up and down the escalator by your feet? You're lying if you say you haven't stuck your foot out to touch it.

5. Cleaning your ears after a shower

I can NOT wait more than 5 minutes after a shower to clean my ears with a Q-tip. Even if I'm at someone else's house, I will rummage through drawers until I find one. This has to be my favorite on the list.

6. When you just started shaving your leg and feel the drastic difference

That first swipe of the razor reveals the opportunity for an extremely satisfying feeling. That one smooth strip of your leg sandwiched between the prickles reminds you that you need to shave much more often because it feels AMAZING. For guys, I'd imagine it's the same for your face.

7. Scratching the wax off a candle

Have you ever seen a giant candle at a store and just had the urge to scratch the wax with your nail? I wish I could say this wasn't my first instinct when I see a candle.

8. Crunching an extremely loud, layered potato chip

Whether your favorite part of the bag is the super thin chips, or the extra-rolled up layered chips, we all love the feeling of a huge crunch.. of course only when no one else is listening. If you eat chips in a quiet room, you are very brave.

9. Claiming your papers

Turning in hard copies of homework in college is almost unheard of. However, I feel incomplete if I receive a paper or handout and don't write my name in the top right corner. I guess public school taught me yet another useless habit.

10. When your sneakers squeak and you briefly become Zac Efron

I personally like the noise of squeaky sneakers."Getcha Head in the Game" instantly plays in my head, and I feel like I made the cut to be in the movie. I can literally hear the beats of the sneaker squeaks at the beginning of the song.

11. Pulling off fake eyelashes

None of us want to admit our lashes aren't naturally long and thick, but we can low-key agree that peeling them off after a long night is liberating.

12. Flipping through a paper book

Total proud nerd moment! Reading online sucks. Yes it is nice to have access to so many online sources, but I wish we still had to go to a library and dig through books to find our answers. Flipping the pages is much better than scrolling.

Watching people play with slime and cut soap is TOTALLY appealing to the eye, but don't take advantage of life's simple pleasures! Whether you agree with this list or not, I'm sure there's SOMETHING weird you're not admitting. Be more aware during your day and indulge in them, who cares what people think? Those are the people who leave pimples on their face, snot in their nose and wax in their ears.

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