EMU Blog

Mar 06 2019

The Perks of Living On Campus

by blogemu

 

Senior Kerry Ryan and Junior Emily Louria participate at the Paint and Pour event held inside of the EMU Student Center

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Deciding whether to live on campus or to commute from home can be a difficult choice. Personally, I did not struggle with this decision due to my hometown being 5 hours away, but the benefits of living on campus cannot be denied.

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Living in the residence halls provides you with great opportunities that allow you to develop into the person you desire to be. The friendships and memories that you make are what you’re going to look back on at your time at Eastern and smile. Also, the proximity of the halls to your classes is something you just can’t beat.

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On paper, it sounds kind of crazy. You have the opportunity to share a living space with people you may have never lived with or even met for an entire school year! The residence halls are where you are able to develop strong interpersonal relationships and find your “forever friends.” These are the people that you stay up with until 3 am “studying”, schedule weekly dinner dates, or complain about a class (or five) to.

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Living on campus gives you the freedom to meet new people, try new experiences, and find yourself. Your room becomes a collage of personalities over the course of the year as your decor grows with pictures of homecoming, or those Bob Ross paintings you and your roommate made that one night you simply could not do any more homework. You have the freedom to just be yourself.

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When talking about living on campus, you cannot overlook the true benefit of having a 9:30 am class and being able to roll out of bed at 9:15 am and make it with time to spare. Yes, the hills on campus are killer, and you may have your first class in the Science complex when you’re all the way over in Putnam, but keep this in mind. You didn’t have to wake up two hours before your first class, fight traffic on your way in, struggle to find a parking spot, and then book it from the opposite end of Green Lot across campus. Does Putnam sound pretty good now?

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In addition, living on campus opens you up to become more involved. There are countless opportunities and activities planned for you by your Resident Advisor (RA) and by Campus Life. There are several student organizations to join and living on campus makes it easier to commit to being there. Are you unsure about what to do? Feel free to speak with your RA or the front desk to see what events are happening on campus. You can also talk to someone on your floor who could assist you with finding the perfect club for you.

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Living on campus opens up a world of opportunities that you may have never known about. You meet your forever friends, you find yourself, and you get some extra time to sleep in the morning. What more could a college student ask for?

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About the writer:

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Hi! I’m Kerry, a senior majoring in arts and entertainment management. I live here on campus and love it. I am the co-president of the student org Amplifying the Arts, and I work for the Division of Communications as a member of the Go Social Team. My best advice is to join things. You never know where something could lead.

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