By John Terry
Utah State University’s new residence director shares eight reasons why you should consider living on campus while you’re in college.
1. Being incredibly close to your classes so you can sleep in longer. Let’s face it. ANY time gained in the morning to get more sleep is worth it. As they say, we all need our beauty rest, and living on campus is the place to blissfully catch up on some much needed Z’s. And trust me when I say this, you are going to need them.
2. Meeting a wide range of people and making lifelong friendships. Think you have a BF now? Wait until you meet the people living in your residence hall. Not only will you have the opportunity to literally meet hundreds of people a semester, but you will meet people who will become your lifelong friends. These are the people who will let you crash on their couch when you are traveling across America and who will send you the perfect Facebook birthday wishes because they know your favorite Netflix shows, obsessions, and just down right get you. If having a bunch of these friends isn’t magical enough, you may even meet your significant other. Trust me, I speak from experience.
3. Opportunities for numerous jobs and leadership positions. Living on campus opens up more doors to opportunities for you than living off campus. Most colleges have an equivalent of what is called the Residence Hall Association, or a Hall Government, or a Residence Hall Leadership group. No matter what the name, function, or size, each of these groups is designed to give you the leadership skills you need, not only to be successful in your college life, but to prepare you to nab that dream job you are looking for. Basically it’s free programs to help you make more money later in life, and isn’t that what we all want?
4. Participating in shenanigans on a weekly basis. What happens when you put hundreds of young adults in a building? Shenanigans. There is nothing more memorable than pulling out blankets from three different dorm rooms, creating a gigantic fort, kickin’ back with some snacks while binge watching Netflix, and then the next week, making a 2 am burrito run for the crew. Let’s face it, we are always hungry and what better way to satisfy that hunger then getting late night take out? You think Mcdonald’s is good during regular hours? Psh, talk to me when you have a sausage egg Mcmuffin and orange juice at 3 am with some good company.
5. Not having to plan meals ALL the time & free food. Who doesn’t love getting free food? Living on campus means you are going to be close to all of the happenings around your residence hall and throughout the school. This means that the majority of these happenings will include free food and it’s not just your average bag of chips, and pack of Oreos. Oh no, some of these happenings will provide burgers, cakes, breakfast foods, hot dogs, and, of course, pizza. When you live on campus you will never need to order your own pizza because you can bet that someone, somewhere, is hosting an activity that has a delicious slice of cheesy heaven calling your name. Not only do you score a ton of free food, but most universities have meal plan options for those living on campus. This means that you do not have to worry about planning, shopping, cooking, and doing my least favorite thing, cleaning. That right there saves you a TON of time and a TON of money. So if you want to eat fries and a smoothie every night for dinner, be my guest!
6. Having resources just across the street. When you live on campus you become part of not only the university community, but of the residence life community. You will have a resident assistant who will be there to help you when you are going through conflict with your roommate, who can help you find clubs and organizations to get involved with, and who can point you in the right direction for academic support. Not only do you have a resident assistant for support, you will have a residence director. This person is a professional staff member who specializes in helping you, yes you, succeed in college. So no matter what you are going through, be it stress, anxiety, lack of motivation, unsure of who to talk to, etc., this person will be there to connect you to the right people so that you can succeed.
7. Cleaning is at a minimum. We all know that sharing a community bathroom may not be the ideal situation, but at least you don’t have to clean your bathroom, ever. Depending on where you live, you may not even have to clean very much. Just make your bed, vacuum every once in awhile, and boom you got this adulting thing down. If you lived off campus, not only would you have to clean the bathroom, but you’d have to keep your room tidy, keep the living room clean, and keep the kitchen clean. That’s too many rooms if you ask me.
8. Being tagged in photos all the time. Living on campus means that you will automatically generate your own electronic photo album. When you are around so many people all the time, they are going to post on Facebook and tag you in it. The best part is, all you have to do is smile, or not, because you’re an adult now.
John graduated from Utah State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there, he worked as a resident assistant and as the administrative VP for the Residence Hall Association. Afterwards, John attended the University of Nebraska where he graduated this year with a Master of Science in Education specializing in Student Affairs. While at UNK John worked as a graduate hall director, graduate assistant for the Counseling and School Psychology program, advisor of the Residence Hall Association, intern for the Registrar’s office and intern for the admissions office. John recently obtained a position as a residence director at Utah State University. Connect with him on Twitter @J0hnTerry