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Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 1:21 am

I am writing a paper for my English class about commuting to school vs. living in a dorm. I commute so I have that infromation. I need some opinions on living in a dorm on campus. What are the good and bad things about it? Thanks in advance!
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RE: Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 1:30 am

When I was in college many friends dormed and this was the general concensus:


1-always have company and friends.
2-feelings of comorodery (sp).
3-don't have to worry about travelling to class withtraffic, slow busses etc.


1- No privacy
2- Gross bathrooms and showers
3- putting up with other peoples lack of sanitary habits
4- parties
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RE: Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 2:37 am

I currently live in a University residence. Thank goodness it isn't the same one as 747-451! In first year, we had private rooms with shared bathrooms but they were always cleaned every day...never any complaints there. It was a great atmosphere too and lots of fun.

For the past two years I have essentially been living in a hotel...the residence was a former hotel purchased by the University. All of the rooms are private and have their own bathrooms. While it is very quiet it isn't nearly as much fun as the first year residence. My floor is all 3rd and 4th year students.

I think living on residence reduces your stress level a lot and gives you a lot of extra time. If I had to commute I would be wasting about 3 hrs per day that it better spent elsewhere. Nothing is better than being able to crash after a late night study that don't live on rez usually have to sleep in the lounges if they are staying really late. It also makes an easy meeting place for working on group projects.

The down side of course being cost. A transit pass costs about $90 per month in Toronto, my residence fees (including food) amount to about $1000 per month. I think it is worth it though.
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RE: Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 6:40 am

I do not live in a dorm, so I have to commute to my classes at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (or NAIT, as it is much more often referred to by Albertans). I take public transportation, as I don't have a car - and it can be pretty slow sometimes! I live right in downtown Edmonton, and NAIT is about 3-4 km north of downtown - right next to the City Centre Airport. There is a variety of routes I can take to get to and from NAIT, and commuting times vary. One route only takes me about 15 minutes to get to NAIT, but it stops after 6:30 PM! Other routes will take as much as 45 minutes!!   Especially when the bus sits idle for about eitght minutes! This means I'll often bum rides from other students who have a car fairly often when going home.

I do not have any roommates, so I live alone. I like it that way, actually - I still have a few friends around. Living alone in an apartment does have its pros and cons of course.

No one else's bad habits to put up with.
Less stress
More time to do homework.
Not having to share the facilities.
Greater privacy.

Loneliness can be a problem if you're not used to it.
Group work is difficult.
Time wasted in commuting.
Having to go out in cold weather while commuting - Edmonton's winters aren't exactly what I'd call mild half of the time! I've seen maximum temps drop to as low as -38C, or -36F.

I know some students who have to commute by bus to and from their night classes even farther than I do, such as from the other side of Edmonton. One guy I know has to walk about 2 hours from a bus depot to his home, simply because bus service does not run past 10:30 PM where he lives!
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RE: Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 9:07 am

I experienced dorm life for 2 years, and am glad to be out.

Here are my pros:
helps to build a sense of community and belonging for Freshman students
you are never without anyone
you can't bet the location

you are never alone
you don't control who you live with (i have had a so-so and an awful roomate)
community bathrooms (even though they are cleaned daily or close to it) get nasty fast.
I always found the dorm to be uncomfortable. You could never really relax and it never felt like "home."

I have often refered to Yuma Hall (my old dorm) as a high priced flop house. Which is very true. I now live off-campus about a mile and a half from campus. It is a quick 10 minute bike ride. I have my own room, share a bathroom with ONE person as opposed to 35 guys (some who have really stinky shit) a nice big kitchen, dining room, and living room.

I really feel that dorm life was good for me as a Freshman, but my Sophmore year it was just too much. I HATED the place, and my dumbshit roomate.

My two cents.
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RE: Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 9:13 am

I live in my own room off campus, and I'm actually closer to the central campus than most of the dorms!

The thing I didn't like about living in the dorms (for 2 years) was having to have and pay for a board contract (meal plan). The food was shitty. There's also the possibility of having a psyco roomate like I did for a month until they re-located me.

The good thing about the dorm for me was meeting most of my good friends.

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RE: Question For College Students

Sat Dec 02, 2000 1:53 pm

I'm a freshman at UCLA and I love the dorms. There are so many people and you can get to know so many people. If you're bored, chances are...someone else is, too. We've bowled in the hallway, using bottled water as the pins and a basketball as the bowling ball. We've had strip teases in someone's room. A lot of crazy stuff happens in the dorms. However, you don't get a lot of privacy and sometimes, your roommate(s) can annoy you. But overall, it's a great thing. Let the good times roll!
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RE: Question For College Students

Sun Dec 03, 2000 6:49 am


RE: Question For College Students

Sun Dec 03, 2000 10:57 am

Here are the pros & Cons of living on campus at Southern Illinois University (Thompson Point):

- very close to classes
- always people to talk to
- you can choose your roommate (not always the best idea, but good if you know you will get along with them).
- high speed internet access
- air conditioning
- only share bathrooms with your roommate & 2 others

- SIU's party atmosphere
- sometimes people turn the bass up all the way on their stereos & set the volume unnecessarily loud
- your roommate getting up early on weekend mornings & not considering the possibility that you may be still asleep (my current situation).

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