March 24, 2019 | 47° F

Students experience mixed feelings with living on campus


To dorm or not to dorm? That is the question. Housing lottery season has come once again to fill our lives with either joy or disappointment. It's time to ask the important question, is living in a dormitory really the way to go?

Living with other people has a 50 percent chance of crashing and burning, while with the other 50 percent, you could actually meet some of your best friends. 

Some unfortunate students have to deal with having a roommate who is a thief without one considerate bone in their body. I'm positive they are jealous of students that actually have roommates they enjoy being around. 

Living with people right off the bat can help shape who you are in college. It can allow you to be comfortable with brand new people and breaking out of your shell. 

 Kait Mercedes, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, feels it is even super important for first-year students to live in a residence hall.

“I feel that dorming is an absolute necessity for students. It certainly helped me acclimate to the campus, and made making friends easier," said. "It began my adulthood with the beginning steps of independence that I now carry confidently today. Dorming definitely brings someone out of their shell.”

The memories are endless when you have roommates. Just imagine having multiple inside jokes that only you and roommates know about. If other people about your insiders, they would probably think you're freaks. You can establish a kinship with this person like no other, so expect some amazing inside jokes that can satisfy you on even some of your darkest days. 

You thought having a roommate could be great? Your whole floor even has the potential to become a second family to you. The people living next door to you are just as capable of becoming your best friends. Living it up with these new folks also guarantees you with some new friends to help ease the awkwardness of initially living on campus. 

All of these scenarios sound quite pleasant, but we can't forget about the possibility of having a roommate that is straight up terrible.  Some roommate stories sound like stuff similar to nightmares. Sure you can hate this person, but also play nice because they know where you sleep. Do you really want to risk them making your college experience worse?

In some dormitories, it's like a rager every night, and you just aren’t sure how to say shut up without sounding like an old crank. Madison Vanek, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, gave her input about this issue. 

 “I didn’t like dorming at all. It was always loud, and the people were just super obnoxious,” Vanek said.

Another downside of living with so many people is the bathroom situation. Sharing these bathrooms is a complete, living nightmare. From the flip-flops, toilets that have mysterious substances all over it and the showers that look like you just stepped into a prison, it's like a living, breathing Rutgers version of "Nightmare on Elm Street".

A lack of alone time also serves to be a source of anguish for many when it comes to living with a roommate. Living with people is great, but it’s normal to have days where you want to be alone. It’s not unheard of and it doesn’t make you a hermit. When you live with someone it’s a little hard to ask for this space without coming off as a jerk. 

People often re-enact the "Hunger Games" when it comes to getting the lottery number that will score you a Livingston Apartment. I get it, students want a nice, spacious place to live. Who doesn't want a nice crib, right?

Laura Dengrove

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